Campus, community connect for Communiversity celebration

Egg decorating

Freshman Alex Petrescu helped a youngster paint eggs at the Romanian students' table that was part of the "Global Village" set up during Communiversity as the culmination of the Princeton's monthlong International Festival.

Above left: Ballet Folklorico de Princeton, the University’s traditional Mexican dance troupe, was among more than a dozen groups performing on a stage near Stanhope Hall.

Lion Dancers

Members of the Chinese Students Association performed a traditional lion dance to the delight of young onlookers along Nassau Street.

At left: Senior Sonia Lee helped a youngster and her father make a beaded bracelet at the Manna Christian Fellowship table.

Princeton in the Nation's Service

Leading the flag procession by Princeton's international students were, from left: Rachel Baldwin, assistant dean of undergraduate students; Janet Dickerson, vice president for campus life; Paula Chow, director of the International Center; and Marjorie Young, director of Community House.

At left: Sympoh Urban Arts Crew, a student breakdancing group, showed off its mix of freestyle breakdancing, hip-hop, popping, martial arts and acrobatics near Nassau Hall.

Photos: John Jameson

Ballet Folklorico

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.

Manna table

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.

Highlighting 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.