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Clubs give Carnivale a European flavor

March 4, 2003

By Marion Hixon

The Italian and French clubs will sponsor Carnivale from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight in the Memorial Drawing Room.

Carnivale will celebrate Fat Tuesday with a European flair.

Marie Level, adviser to the French Club, said Carnivale brings Baylor students together in a creative way by 'bringing another culture to the students' doorstep in a safe environment at little cost.'

'Mardi Gras-Carnivale is fun, and who can resist good food and a good time?' Level asked.

Baylor's Carnivale was started in 2001 by Italian Club member Justine Paino. Last year the French Club joined in, and now the celebration includes both Italian and French exhibits.

The Carnivale will offer food, dancing and festive decorations. Italian and French appetizers and desserts such as quiches, +claires and canap+s will highlight the food selection.

Elizabeth Hutton, a Tulsa, Okla., junior, will teach lessons on Renaissance dancing. Hutton, who is publicity chairwoman for the Italian Club, is also a swing dance instructor and has knowledge of several forms of dance.

'You don't need any dance experience, just a desire to learn some fun and very elegant dances,' Hutton said.

Several of the dances that will be taught are the Washerwoman's Branle and the French Waltz. Mask-making and other crafts also will be offered for recreation.

'The highlight of the evening has traditionally been the Renaissance dancing,' said Dr. Julia Kisacky, Italian Club adviser.

She said the Carnivale will make a valuable contribution to Baylor's cultural awareness by offering students a chance to learn more about Italian and French lifestyles.

In the past few years, attendance for the celebration has grown slowly, but members of the clubs are hoping for the trend to continue.

Throughout the year, the Italian Club participates in Fiesta on the River and holds movie nights to watch Italian films. The French Club is involved in community service projects such as Steppin' Out and frequently visits museum exhibits by French artists.