Big fat Greek fes­ti­val

Day-long cul­tural event cel­e­brates Greek her­itage

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Michelle Kim

On Thurs­day af­ter­noon, stu­dents at Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Col­lege’s New­ton cam­pus were met with all things Greek as they fil­tered through the build­ing atrium.

Dancers leaped to joy­ful Greek folk mu­sic, ath­letes ran a one-mile course and through­out the day speak­ers talked on the Greek cul­tural con­nec­tions and ori­gins of pol­i­tics, theater, Olympics, li­braries and the food-body con­nec­tion.

Beans, fish, savory hunks of bread dipped into olive oil and fresh or­ganic Greek salad do­nated by Crys­tal Or­ganic Farm were served up to hun­gry stu­dents, fac­ulty, and vis­i­tors alike. Tri­an­gles of flaky, hon­ey­drenched baklava, ac­com­pa­nied by nuts, fruit and yo­gurt, were avail­able to fin­ish off the meal on a sweet note.

Con­nec­tions: the Greeks — A World Odyssey was a first for the cam­pus and the be­gin­ning of what or­ga­niz­ers hoped would be an an­nual tra­di­tion.

“We’re talk­ing about all kinds of con­nec­tions,” said or­ga­nizer Tom Amyg­dal­it­sis, a Greek na­tive who hopes even­tu­ally to con­duct a two-week trip for stu­dents to Greece. He wanted stu­dents to be­come aware of in­ter­cul­tural con­nec­tions, in­ter­dis­ci­plinary con­nec­tion and the way that the world was be­com­ing glob­al­ized.

“This be­ing an elec­tion year, we wanted to con­nect the po­lit­i­cal year to the birth­place of democ­racy, Greece,” he said. To that end, as part of the fes­ti­val, there was an es­say con­test on why democ­racy was or was not the per­fect form of gov­ern­ment.

Stu­dent body vice pres­i­dent Gary Dawkins, 23, said he en­tered the es­say con­test and a po­etry con­test be­cause he loved po­etry and that win­ning the con­test’s cash

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Tra­di­tional dance: Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Col­lege Pro­fes­sor and Greek na­tive Tom Amyg­dal­it­sis, left, shares a bit of Greek cul­ture with GPC Dean of Stu­dents Keith Cobbs, cen­ter, and stu­dent Jesse Gay­lor as he teaches them the tra­di­tional Greek dance has­aposerviko in the GPC New­ton Cam­pus Atrium Thurs­day af­ter­noon. The trio danced to the mu­sic of Greek folk mu­si­cians The­ofi­los Kouremetis and Anas­ta­sios Di­moglou dur­ing Con­nec­tions: The Greeks — A World Odyssey at GPC.

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