Friday, April 30, 2010

Weekly Schedule: May 1 - 7

Saturday, May 1

American Indian Urban Families: Sustaining Tradition Through Creative Expression
Presented by: School of Social Service Administration
Time: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Conference Room 101 of the School of Social Service Administration, 969 E. 60th Street

Yoga Retreat
Presented by: Hindu Student Sangam
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:-00 PM
Location: Uncommon Room of the Rockefeller Chapel. 5850 S. Woodlawn Avenue

Presented by: South Asian Student Association
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Hutch Courtyard in the Reynolds Club, 1135 E. 57th Street

Sunday, May 2
Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South by E. Patrick Johnson
Presented by: Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts & Media Columbia College Chicago and About Face Theater
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western Avenue
Click here for ticket information

Asian American Heritage Celebration

In honor of Asian American Heritage Month, we here at OMSA want to make sure that you get the latest news of events being celebrated in Chicago! This month, we also would like to take the opportunity to introduce some notable persons, organizations, and guest bloggers who have contribution in promoting cultural awareness and impact in the Asian American Community.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Asian American Heritage Celebration - Words and Rhythms: Def Poetry Jam Artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai

Next week marks the start of the official Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The University of Chicago’s Asian American Heritage Celebration started mid-April and will continue through the month of May.
See below for one of the three Asian American Heritage Celebration calendars.

May was chosen as the national Asian Pacific American Heritage Month because May mark two important anniversaries: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7th (1843), and the completion of the transcontinental railroad, worked on by many Chinese laborers on May 10th (1969). Congress have recognized celebrations of Asian Pacific American Heritage since 1977!

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated in many different ways! The Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art, and Smithsonian Museum put on special exhibitions in honor of APAHM. Many people attend these exhibitions or other formal celebrations, and many others celebrate independently of official APAHM events. The Federal Asian Pacific American Council chooses a theme each year for APAHM. This year’s theme is “Lighting the Past, Present and Future.”

In the month of May, the OMSA blog will feature notable Asian Americans and will highlight events at the University of Chicago and the Chicagoland area.

This Thursday, April 29, at 8pm, Def Poetry Jam Artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai will be performing in 5710's Community Lounge!

This event is co-sponsored by SPIN and SASA and is part of our Asian American Heritage Celebration. Following Tsai's performance, SASA will be hosting a Bhangra Party! You will not want to miss this night of Words and Rhythms.

8:00pm, Thursday, April 29
Community Lounge, 5710 S. Woodlawn
For more information please contact Rosa at

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hog Butcher to the World: Urbs in Horto

Hog Butcher to the World: Urbs in Horto

Monday, May 10th, 6-8pm
5710 Woodlawn Avenue
Community Lounge

A virtual tour of edible south-side Chicago An entertaining, courteous and experienced tour guide will orient your journey through some of the many gastronomic wonders and haunts of past, present and potential south side neighborhoods. The virtual, edible south side tour is 30 minutes in length. The tour will depart from the University of Chicago's 5710 South Woodlawn.

Love Won't Let Me Be Silent: An Evening with Terry Angel Mason

This Wednesday, April 28, at 6pm, the Office of LGBTQ Student Life along with Affinity Community Services, Teen Living Programs, and UCAN present Crossroads: "Love Won't Let Me Be Silent: An Evening with Terry Angel Mason."

Terry Angel Mason is a Civil Rights activist and Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of Love Won't Let Me Be Silent. Angel, as he prefers to be called, writes music and poetry, and admirers have said he "redefines the traditional idea of the love poem."

Please join us for a fantastic evening with Terry Angel Mason.

6:00pm, Wednesday, April 28
5710 S. Woodlawn, Community Lounge
Please contact Rosa at for more information.

SPOTLIGHT ON: Steppenwolf's The Brother/Sister Plays

The Brother/Sister Plays
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
1650 N. Halsted Street
Wed-Sat at 7:30pm
Sunday at 3pm

A breakthrough theatrical event: three interconnected plays in two programs by a brilliant new American voice. Grand in scope, yet intimate and heartfelt, Tarell McCraney’s delightful stories will leave you touched and inspired.

Steppenwolf will present The Brother/Sister Plays in repertory, with In the Red and Brown Water on one evening, in rotation with the two shorter plays on another. The plays can be experienced in any order, although chronologically In Red and Brown Water comes first, The Brothers Size second and Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet third. The three plays don’t line up in a neat linear way: they reflect on each other, echo, contradict, remind. They're less in a perfect chronology than they are "in conversation" with each other. Our repertory scheduling makes attending both programs easy, with options to see the entire story in one day on Saturdays and Sundays.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Being Green.

According to Wikipedia, Earth Day was selected has the day to make Americans aware and appreciative of the environment. Founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson on April 22, 1970 and thisday is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. Yesterday was the 2010 Earth Day Celebration and the love of the Earth could be seen on with people updating their status with "Happy Earth Day!" and even t-shirts encouraging others to reuse and recycle.

With this celebration being on just one day in April, we here at 5710 want to encourage all cultures to try to be united in Being Green everyday. To help encourage others, we are trying to live by example.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Weekly Schedule: April 23 - 29

Friday, April 23

Noche Con Sabor Latino
Presented by: the Latino/a Student Association of the School of Social Service Administration
Time: 7:00 PM –10:00 PM
Location: School of Social Service Administration, Lobby, 969 East 60th Street

MEChA César Chávez and Dolores Huerta Week: Arte Popular   
Presented by: MEChA
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: 5710 S. Woodlawn Avenue

Presented by: International Students Association
Time: 8:00 PM –12:00 AM
Location: International House, Assembly Hall-
1414 East 59th Street

Saturday, April 24

Discover Chicago: Chicago Fire vs. Houston Dynamo
Presented by: Office of the Reynolds Club & Student Activities (ORCSA)
Time: 6:30 PM –10:30 PM
Location: Off Campus (see description)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Prospective Students Weekend Cultural Showcase!

Featuring poetry by sophomores Ed James and Jonathan Lykes.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Spotlight On: Blacklight and Q&A present BACKGROUND NOISE: An Open Mic

Check out this exciting PRIDE event at C-Shop!

When: 4pm-6pm
Where: C-Shop (aka Einstein Bagels), 5706 S. University Ave.

Join Blacklight Literary Magazine and in collaboration with Queers & Associates in a celebration of Pride Week 2010!

This open mic event will be held during the evening at the C-Shop where every day people will hear what artists have to say.

Messages may be explicit for some and subliminal for others, but voices will be heard.

Contact for more information or if you are interested in signing up to perform. If you do not email her ahead of time and would still like to perform just show up the day of to be added to the list.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Student Organization Spotlight

Here at 5710 we want to give spotlight to the different cultural RSOs that work with our offices. This week’s spotlight is on:
Latino Student Association (at SSA)
Contacts: Chary Caraballo, Chair,
Karina Esparza, Co-Chair,
The School of Social Service Administration

Organization Purpose:The Latino Student Association at the School of Social Service Administration is comprised of those interested in increasing awareness on an array of micro and macro level issues related to the Latino experience in society. The organization provides mutual support for its members through meetings, social, and educational events. Additionally, LSA aims to establish formidable relationships with national and collegiate organizations invested in heightening cultural awareness to the greater University of Chicago community. Chary Caraballo and Karina Esparza are the co-chairs this year!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Weekly Schedule: April 16-22

Friday, April 16

Inventing Race in the Americas
Presented By: Center for Latin American Studies
Time: 9:00am –5:00pm
Location: John Hope Franklin Room of the Social Science Research Building, 1126 E. 59th Street

Chicago Careers in Business (CCIB) Information Sessions for First-Years
Presented By:
Career Advising & Planning Services
Time: 12:00pm –1:00pm
Location: West Lounge of Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th Street

7th annual South Asia Graduate Student Conference
Presented By: South Asia at Chicago
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Room 110 of the Classics Building, 1010 E. 59th Street

Poets Rising for Haiti
Presented by: Rising in Solidarity with Ayiti (R.I.S.A.)
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Backstory Café and Social Center, 61st Street & Blackstone Avenue

Bus Stop Hip Hop: A Benefit Concert for Hip Hop in Palestine
Presented by: Students for Justice in Palestine
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Mandel Hall in the Reynolds Club, 5701 S. University Avenue

RuPaul’s Drag Race Marathon on the Quad

Presented By: Queers & Associates
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Main Quadrangles

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Finding the Perfect Summer Opportunity by CAPS Guest Blogger - Laurel Mylonas-Orwig

Now that it’s April and the first week of Spring Quarter is already gone, you may feel the pressure mounting to find the perfect summer opportunity, if you haven’t already. As a student at this university, I had planned on taking classes in the summer between my third and fourth years. When I suddenly realized this wasn’t possible (for a variety of reasons), it was already the third week of April, and all of my friends had already secured internships and other opportunities. I was left feeling panicked and uncertain about how I would fill my time—and more importantly, how I would pay rent!

Life Series: Women of Color Roundtable Discussion

OMSA is proud to host this popular conversation series once again. We welcome back FIERCE [Fabulous Intellectual Embracing Respect, Consciousness, and Empowerment] as we facilitate an informal roundtable conversation on what it means to be a woman of color at University of Chicago. Come for the topic, stay for the conversation! This program is hosted in coloration with the FIERCE, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.
**Please note this is a safer space and we invite all U of C students who identify as women of color.

Weekly Schedule: Friday April 9 -16

Friday, April 9th

Hire Big Ten Plus Spring Career Fair
Presented by: Career Advising & Planning Services
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: The DePaul Center, Downtown Chicago Campus, 1 East Jackson Street
Contra Dance Weekend!
Presented by: The University of Chicago Folk Arts Community
Time: 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Location: International House, Assembly Hall, 1414 East 59th Street
Carnaval: A Festive Brazilian Celebration
Presented by: Brazilian Student Association
Time: 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Location: Hutchinson Commons in Reynolds Club, 5706 South University Avenue
Chicago Mini Tango Festival
Presented by: Argentina Tango Workshops and Milongas
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: 5710 South Woodlawn Avenue

Life Series for Men of Color

Life Series for Men of Color
Monday, April 12th at 6pm

OMSA is proud to host this popular conversation series once again. We welcome back Wallace Goode, Direct of the University Community Service Center, as he facilitates an informal roundtable conversation on what it means to be a man of color at University of Chicago. Come for the topic, stay for the conversation! This program is hosted in coloration with the University Community Service Center Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc, and Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc.

**Please note this is a safer space and we invite all U of C students who identify as men of color.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Cultural Shows

Spring Quarter is here and the sun is out! We even have students studying on the patio with their classmates! It seems like everyone is really excited about the sun and fun! Cultural RSOs are also very excited to share their cultural shows with everyone this quarter. With music, fashion, singing, and dancing each cultural show is a great time to experience another culture.

With this new month, we have the honor of highlighting this weekend's Cultural Show.

The South Asian Students' Association (SASA) proudly presents the 23rd annual cultural show, Jashan, which will be taking place tomorrow, Saturday, April 3rd, 2010. There will be a fully catered Indian dinner starting at 5 pm in Bartlett Hall, followed by cultural entertainment at 8 pm in Mandel Hall.

The SASA was started with the mission of gathering students of the University of Chicago with an interest in South Asian culture. This RSO "organizes events for the entire University community to promote awareness of South Asian culture". With these events, SASA seeks to be academically, culturally, socially, and/or community oriented in nature to provide insight to all members. For more information about this organization or how to contact the officers with any questions, please visit their website, (

With this cultural show, it is the hope that all University students come and enjoy the hard work that SASA has put into it. You can buy tickets at Bartlett tomorrow night for $12 with your UChicago ID or $16 without a UChicago ID and includes the show, dinner, and a T-shirt.

It is said that the SASA’s Annual Cultural Show is one of the biggest shows on campus! Hope you can make it!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Native Touch Fashion Show

Fashion is a form of self-expression. It evolves with culture, language, history. It is intrinsically connected to our beliefs: the way we think and do things and live. It is as natural to us as talking. As the saying goes “Dress the way you want to be addressed”, fashion is a way of presenting yourself to the world. The turn of the century was pivotal to many people’s lives; it represented a new beginning. For Africa, it was the renaissance of the people.

After decades of people of African descent - in the Caribbean, in the Americas, in Africa too - held in bondage by history and circumstance, the new millennium was an assertion of our freedom. For the past decade, an eruption of self-expressionism through art - where fashion is an art form - took the continent by storm. It was more than tailorism and popular culture; it was kente and beads mixed with stilettos and big hair. It was Stoned Cherrie and Sun Goddess paving the way for all designers of African descent. You could call it the African Enlightenment.

The Native Touch Fashion show has its foundations in this enlightenment. We aspire to share with the world this new and exciting fashion from Africa, the Caribbean Islands, and the Americas.

Spotlight on: Depaul's Center for Latino Research 2010 Art Exhibit

Drastiko Latino Imagery: Sin Limites
Art by Hector Silva

March 9th-June 16th
The Cultural Center
2250 N. Sheffield Avenue, #105


Contact the Center for Latino Research at:

Weekly Schedule - April 2 - April 8

Friday, April 2nd
Precious (movie)
Presented by: Doc Films
Time: 6:30pm- 8:20pm
Location: Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th Street
Native Touch Fashion Show
Presented by: Organization of Black Students and the African and Caribbean Students Association
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Cloister Club in Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th Street