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I have heard great things about the Dueling Pianos event from other students. I had never been to any event like this kind, but I had the night free to attend. DSAC had an inviting feeling, the lights were off except a few on the stage, chairs and tables faced the stage, and of course there was food. There were two pianos on the stage with microphones. There were maybe twenty to thirty students there, so it was a good size and they seemed to be excited for the performance. I sat with my friends and was in for a treat.

Anyone could request any song, if the pianists knew it then they played. There were rules, sing along or clap, and have fun. They played a lot of Disney and popular songs of today. I requested “Twist & Shout” by The Beatles, one of my favorite bands. They did play it and everyone sung at the chorus. There were songs that I heard of and hadn’t heard before. There was great crowd participation which made it a blast. I enjoyed going to this event, I am glad that Fontbonne hosted this event.

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Hi there, Fontbonne,

Today’s blog is just an overall post about my week. First off, it’s the LAST week of September! Man, we’re coming to October already! Isn’t that exciting? Time has been flying by faster than ever. Now we’re going to have one busy, busy October. Just keep an eye out for upcoming events with FISH, FISA, Students for Life, and many more.

The spark of this week was Saudi National Day. I believe it’s the very first celebration event for our Saudi Arabian students to host at Fontbonne. It was amazing!!

As you walk into DSAC’s gymnasium, they had a table near the front left side with their tea, dates (some type of fruit? Maybe.) and small snacks. The tea had a very strong taste to it. I can’t really describe it, but I thought of medicine when I drank it. Then they had tables (starting from the left) with different things about their country.

The first table that I went to had a guy who wrote your name in Arabic! Pretty neat. I learned that they actually start writing from the right to the left. How unexpectedly cool! At the next table, I met Soma (not sure how to spell her name correctly) and Kululd who were showing us some of the clothing that older Saudi Arabian wore. They were very gorgeous. Then they had two ladies at the Henna tattoo table. One lady did the tattooing and the other made sure people signed their names to reserve their turns. It’s not actual tattooing, so don’t worry :) The art is a form of flowers and dots and is just elegant in general.

Are you wondering if they had food? Of course they did! The buffet was on the other side of the gym and yes, it was delicious. I don’t really know the names of the meals but there was salad, lamb meat (I think), rice, some sort of mashed food, and sweet stuff. I had a bit of everything so I was satisfied. In the center of the gym, they were playing music and did a little bit of dancing. I loved it! Also, most of the male Saudi students were dressed in their traditional clothes, so it was pretty nice. Then they also had a set-up of things from Saudi Arabia, like a rug, a small chair, pictures of the city, and the flags of Saudi Arabia and United States. Izzy and I got the chance to a piece of their clothing! It was all black, and the hijab (female headdress) was covered around our heads and faces. Then we took photos in the set-up. I had so much fun!

That’s all for the week. I hope some of you were able to attend the event as well! Have a great weekend :)

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