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Despite the mass exodus to Coachella, this past weekend proved lively for students of the 5Cs. Quite a few exciting cultural and intellectual events took place around the 5Cs.

The Claremont Mckenna Model United Nations club held its second annual McKennaMUN conference for high school students on April 12-13. The delegates met in twelve different committees and addressed a variety of topics in international policy, ranging from human trafficking to the Cuban Missile Crisis. On Saturday night, the high schoolers attended the Delegate Dance in the Bauer Center Founder’s Room. Hiyawan Solomon ’17, with assistance from Jordan Bosiljevac ’17, DJ’ed the event, which included a performance by a live band featuring CMC students Nate Falk ’14, Ankit Sud ’14, and Phil Pennell ’16.

Continuing with the global theme of the weekend, International Place held its 36th annual International Festival, its biggest event of the year. The festival featured booths with food from 23 different countries. Attendees included both students and a large number of members of the local community. This year’s festival stage showcased performances from African Soul International, the 5C Korean Pop Dance Club (known as the K-Poppers), Mariachi Serrano, Psycho Taiko, Ballet Folklorico, and Ensemble Salam.

On Saturday evening, EKTA, the Claremont Bollywood Dance Crew, and Pomona Events Committee presented Sanskriti. The South Asian culture show took place at Big Bridges Auditorium on Pomona’s campus. The event served free Indian food and involved performers from across the Claremont Colleges.

PEC Live Music held its fourth annual No-Chella Music Festival at Pomona’s SCC South Lawn on Saturday as well. The lineup consisted of a multitude of local musical acts, including Cambalache, Girlpool, Summer Twins, So Many Wizards, Thee Commons, VerBs, Dean Spunt, Matthew David, Quetzal, and Los Rakas.

All in all, those who skipped Coachella to stay on campus were treated to an abundance of exciting and diverse 5C events.

Photo credit: Kimaya De Silva '17
Photo credit: Kimaya De Silva ’17
Photo credit: Kimaya De Silva '17
Photo credit: Kimaya De Silva ’17