Sunshine and warm temperatures on Saturday, April 29, attracted a large crowd to the 2006 Communiversity celebration, which annually brings the town and University together for a day of performances, food, games and more.
Set up on Nassau and Witherspoon streets and the campus, the event is sponsored by students at the University and the Arts Council of Princeton. Merchants, nonprofit organizations, musicians, performing and visual artists, food vendors and 60 University student organizations and performing groups turned the area into a colorful fairground with events for students and families alike.
Numerous student and community groups performed on four stages, and the
streets of Princeton and the front of campus were filled with vendors,
information booths, art exhibits and food stands. Besides traditional
favorites, this year's Communiversity featured a return to an emphasis
on the arts, including an increased number of artists and crafters.
campus Communiversity activities were: more than a dozen performing
groups on a stage near Stanhope Hall, including Ballet Folklorico de Princeton,
Triangle Club, Naacho, BodyHype and TapCats; a variety of sports games
and demonstrations by Princeton's student athletes and cheerleaders on
Cannon Green; performances by the University's a cappella groups in the
East Pyne arch; and displays of artworks at 185 Nassau St.
The University's International Center continued its tradition of
participation with an elaborate flag procession lead by Chinese lion
dancers. Each flag represented a Princeton student's home country. This
year as the culmination of a month of programming for the International
Festival, Communiversity sponsored a "Global Village," featuring foods,
information booths, performances and artworks from around the world.
Tours of the campus by the student-led Orange Key guide service left from in front of Nassau Hall throughout the festival. There also was interactive story-telling by the Middle Earth Theater as well as other activities sponsored by the Cotsen Children's Library on the Firestone Library lawn. The chapel joined the Communiversity celebrations with a children's organ program and a tour of the facility.
The University's participation was coordinated by the Office of Community and Regional Affairs.