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Student group makes a comeback

Feb. 8, 2001

Chinese Student Association revived

after 2-year break



After over two years of inactivity, the Chinese Student Association has sprung back to life. CSA will celebrate the Year of the Snake with a festival from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Rena Marrs McLean Gymnasium.

Interest meetings to reactivate CSA began last semester, and the organization now has 30 members. CSA President Hubert Wong, an Arlington senior, said Saturday's festival will feature food from different Asian student organizations, a fashion show, a ribbon dance and a lion dance.

'We have a professional martial arts academy coming in from Dallas to put on a dragon and lion dance and a martial arts show,' Wong said.

The J. K. Wong Kungfu Tai Chi Academy from Richardson will bring 16 to 20 performers.

'We're going to do a similar show [to last semester's Vietnamese Student Association Autumn Moon Festival], but we're going to make it even better this time,' said Jimmy Wong, the sifu, or master teacher.

The academy trains students age 12 to 30 in Shaolin kung fu and tai chi. Students had originally planned to end the festival with firecrackers and had obtained a permit from the city of Waco. The Baylor Department of Public Safety denied CSA permission to set them off on the steps of McLean Gymnasium.

'Traditionally, we have had a very hard line on firecrackers anywhere on campus,' Jim Doak, Baylor police chief, said. 'We feel very strongly that it's hazardous, and it can get out of hand very quickly.'

Doak added that firecrackers were allowed on campus for professional shows only. Tickets cost $3 at the door and will also be on sale Thursday and Friday at the Bill Daniel Student Center.