UFMC's Multicultural Nights Awards Three Top Performances

UFMC's Multicultural Nights Awards Three Top Performances

The annual United Front Multicultural Commons fall event, Multicultural Night, took on a new format in 2020. Going virtual turned the event into a week-long opportunity for University of San Diego students to record a video of their talented performance and have it shown on UFMC’s Instagram account and have videos housed on the UFMC YouTube channel, too.

On Friday afternoon, following voting and judges assessing all video performance entries, three award winners were announced on USDUFMC’s IGtv.

For best On-Point Performance, the winner is the People of the Islands organization. As described with their video on YouTube, “USD’s People of the Islands (POI) share a virtual hula dance with us. This hula represents the beauty and grace of Polynesian cultures, or more specifically, Hawaiian culture. Our club members dance to He mele no Lilo, a well-known mele (song) from the Disney movie, Lilo and Stitch. We hope to give everyone a sense of nostalgia and appreciation for the paradises that are so much more than just vacation destinations.

The Most Reflective Award went to Sabrina Mendoza-Wineteer ’21, a Communication Studies and Spanish double major, who performs a spoken word piece in Spanish as well as some Spanglish and English. This poem is a reflection of her relationship with the border — both the external border and the internal one inside herself.

The Fan Favorite Award winner is Mannie Brown ’21, who is a graduate student in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences’ Master of Arts in Higher Education/Higher Education Administration program. Mannie is also a graduate assistant who supports the transition and success of new students entering the USD community and completing their first year.

Brown performed a cheerleading routine. Brown has been a cheerleader since age 15, saying, “Cheering is a strong and unique form of self-expression that embodies confidence and compassion.” The style of cheer Brown is performing is known as stomp and shake, which incorporates rhythm and technique in a non-traditional way.

In addition to the award-winning videos, be sure to view other video entries, including the USD Dance Company and Filipino Ugnayan Student Organization (FUSO).

— USD News Center

On the People of the Islands' video, they use the song He Mele No Lilo (From "Lilo & Stitch"/Soundtrack Version) Artist: Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu, Kamehameha Schools Children's Chorus. Licensed to YouTube by UMG (on behalf of Walt Disney Records); LatinAutor - UMPG, Walt Disney Music Company (Publishing), UNIAO BRASILEIRA DE EDITORAS DE MUSICA - UBEM, AMRA, UMPI, ASCAP, LatinAutorPerf, and 12 Music Rights Societies.

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