Bermuda, Bahamas…Colgate

David McKenzie

This week the Caribbean Students Association (CSA) sponsored a series of events as part of Caribbean Week 2006.The celebration kicked off Saturday with a Caribbean Lagniappe in the Edge Caf?e. The CSA banquet, themed “Adding More to the Mix,” featured musicians, dance routines and skits celebrating Caribbean culture. Guests enjoyed jerk chicken, jerk fish and fried vegetables.”The banquet was beautifully decorated,” sophomore Lydia Gottesfeld, one of about 130 attendees, said. “There were a lot of people there from diverse backgrounds.” CSA members led a Caribbean worship service on Sunday in University Church, introducing the upbeat, interactive style of Caribbean preaching to the primarily American audience. New England Patriot and two-time Super Bowl champion Don Davis delivered the sermon as part of a visit to campus, which was sponsored in part by CSA.On Monday, the club held a Caribbean Symposium in the African, Latin, Asian, and Native American (ALANA) Cultural Center, in which students in the Africana and Latin American Studies (ALST) department presented papers on issues in the Caribbean region. “There were two panels of essayists: one discussed Caribbean history while the other talked about Caribbean literature and its role in the African Diaspora,” essayist and CSA Prime Minister Rhonda Charles, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, said. The yearly Caribbean Food Day at Frank Dining Hall was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but has been rescheduled for April 28. Students will have the opportunity to enjoy various dishes native to Caribbean culture, including Caribbean-style curry chicken.Amina Blackwood-Meeks, the leading female storyteller in the West Indies, also spoke at Colgate on Wednesday. “She is an extremely good speaker who can incorporate song into her tales and captivate the audience,” Charles said. World-renowned calypsonian Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool performed Thursday, offering the Colgate community the chance to experience calypso music, a Trinidadian art form that incorporates political messages into party music. Caribbean Week ends today with a Caribbean Movie Night in the Women’s Studies Center, Lunatic, a Jamaican comedy film, will finish off the week of festivities.Charles encourages all students to become involved with the growing Caribbean Students Association. “With these events, we wanted to draw in new members of all different nationalities,” she said. “Students don’t even have to know anything about Caribbean culture; just come and learn!”