Gettysburg hosts first annual Burgburst celebration
By Brendan Raleigh, News Editor
Gettysburg College celebrated its first annual Burgburst this year in the CUB Ballroom, as students flooded in to enjoy various performances and foods from the school’s international community.
Flags from countries across the world created an “x” across the ballroom as students grabbed plates of food from the Chinese table, an African Market table, and numerous others.
Cuisines came from Latino/Hispanic Regions, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, USA, Japan, China, India, Germany and Italy. Ten clubs and 40 students worked together to bring the dishes together
Meanwhile, the main focus of the event were the various performances of Burgburst. Over 70 students, both from the U.S. and abroad, came together to bring Gettysburg a fashion show of dress from countries around the world, dances and musical performances, including BOMB SQUAD, singing performances, belly dancing, Japanese dance, African dances, and a saxophone player.
There were a total of 12 different performances throughout the night.
The event cost $7 to attend. Proceeds from the money earned went to Heifer International, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing animals to impoverished families around the world.
After introducing the event, Director of International Services Brad Lancaster stated that, given the number of tickets sold, they should be able to provide over $2,000 to the organization.
Lancaster commented on the success of the event, saying “Nearly 400 students, staff, faculty and community members were given an opportunity to think globally through the cultural lens of international food and performances.
“The intercultural exchange and friendships that occurred between the nearly 100 students from different cultural backgrounds working together to make the show happen will have a lasting impact on the campus. Burgburst was a true example of the college’s slogan ‘Global Gettysburg.’”