BI-WEEKLY MEETINGS: Wednesdays at 7pm, Blair 223
There is a membership fee for CSO, to cover some of the expenses of the great events we hold. It’s $10 a year, and this membership gets you into all the study breaks and other social events, and discounts for the large events, like the Lunar New Year Banquet and the Winter Ball (our annual formal).
Members also have the privilege to attend the many social events and trips that CSO takes. Examples include an annual Dim Sum Trip, a Dumpling-making/karaoke party-type event, Senior Appreciation Social and the many random study breaks throughout the year. They all include some sort of food, where members can just come, relax, and hang out with friends for an hour or two before hitting the books again.
Basically, CSO co-hosts events such as:
1. Harvest Moon Festival (in September): one of the most prominent holidays in the Chinese calendar, it happens on the 15th day of the 8th Lunar month. It is a time of celebrating and rejoicing from a successful year of harvest.
2. Winter Ball (November): this is the big formal event sponsored by the Asian Student Council, an umbrella organization containing CSO and six other cultural associations / organizations. It is open to all students on campus, and is held annually in the Alumni House, near Zable Stadium.
3. Lunar New Year (normally February): if we could celebrate this holiday for the whole first week of the Lunar New Year, we would, but…classes interfere with that. Needless to say, it is a time of huge celebration, feasting, giving money, spending time with friends and family, and welcoming the good spirits to bless us for the rest of the year.
4. Taste of Asia (March): this is a show that all of the Asian student organizations take part in; it is a sample of what we do on campus, as far as ethnic activity goes. FASA, KASA, KSA, CSO, VSA, JCA, and SASA all team up to bring the biggest cultural event on campus in March of every year.