Aegean Waves

November 8, 1996 (Inaugural Edition)

Professor-Student Dialogue to highlight Fall Quarter

Three years ago, the very first Greek Professor Night was held and it proved to be an overwhelming success. The event has grown to become the focal point of the Hellenic-American Students' year, and this year is no different. The Third Annual Professor-Student Dialogue, will be held on Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m. in the Kerckhoff State Rooms.

Then-president Konstantinos Choliastos came up with the idea and the original purpose of the event was for Greek students to meet Greek professors on campus, and for the professors to meet one another. The following year, many non-Greek students and faculty members, who were interested in Hellenic history and culture were invited, and the night was capped off when former Governor of Massachusetts, Michael Dukakis dropped by for a visit.

This year, the night will again be an excellent opportunity for Greek and non-Greek students and professors to exchange ideas or just get acquainted with each other. The Consul General of Greece has planned to attend and will say a few brief words.

There will be music, a slide show, and plenty of traditional Greek food. The night will be catered by Delphi of Westwood, Le Petit Greek, and Sofi's restaurants.

Lack of Modern Greek program seems mysterious

Question: What do Afrikaans, Amheric, Arabic, Armenian, Azeri, Bambara, Bashkir, Berber, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hausa, Hebrew, Hungarian, Iranian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Lithuanian, Neo-Aramaic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Romanian, Russian, Sanskrit, Serbo-Croation, Slovak, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Syriac, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Wolof, Yiddish, Yoruba, and Zulu, have in common?

Answer: They are all languages that can be learned at UCLA.

Does anyone notice a certain language missing from that list? Yes, there is no Modern Greek language class at all at UCLA. You might say, "Well, wait a minute. There are Greek classes in the Classics department." On that front, you would be correct, because the Classics department does offer Greek, but it's Ancient Greek.

Classics students in the field of Ancient Greece must learn Ancient Greek in order to translate some of the original documents which in ancient times were written in Ancient Greek. Now before you even think of saying, "Well, isn't Ancient and Modern Greek the same thing?", try and find a copy of Beowulf that has been printed in the way it was originally written. It was written in English, but Old Englsih, and as you would soon discover, Old English is completely different from Modern English, just like the way Ancient Greek is different from Modern Greek.

The question that has been tossed around is whether there is a need for a Modern Greek class. First of all, Greek is a very practical language to learn. Greece is one of the largest destination spots in the world for vacations, it's a member of the European Union, and is still the site of many archaeological digs and research. Secondly, look at the list of languages offered and tell me, with a straight face, that all of them are needed and in demand.

Now there is no disrespect intended toward the other languages. In fact, having these languages allows students to experience a variety of customs, expand their horizons, and learn in a truly diverse environment. However, quite a few students have expressed their desire to study Modern Greek, but have been denied the chance to, and we are left wondering why.

There was an attempt some years ago by Prof. Vryonis to start Modern Greek classes, and perhaps a Modern Greek Studies department. According to sources at the time, the money needed to fund such a venture was available, but for some mysterious reason, it just didn't happen. For those wondering what such a enterprise would cost, it requires $400,000 to $500,000, minimum, for obtaining a full-time professor, just for Modern Greek classes, let alone a full department

WorldFest to be stage for Greek Culture in Spring

Cultures from all around the world will take centerstage in Spring Quarter as UCLA hosts its annual WorldFest celebration. WorldFest is expected to be the focal point of HASO's Spring Calendar.

Traditionally, Mardi Gras was the event that highlighted the year, as all the club members came and helped with the legendary gyro booth. Year in and year out, the HASO gyro booth won the award the for Best Small Food Booth, as it was the most popular of all the booths at Mardi Gras. Preparing for Mardi Gras, as well as the event itself was always a lot of fun. Sadly, Mardi Gras has been put on hiatus, but HASO has not stopped and has now turned its attention toward WorldFest.

In a nutshell, WorldFest is an event that has grown in popularity, and prominence. The event lasts for a week, as different cultural groups on campusput their culture on display and allow students from every background to get a taste of it. This year, the Greek culture will make an appearance in full force as plans are being made to have a live Greek band come and perform at Westwood Plaza for everyone, and to bring a traditional Greek dance group to put on a show. There will also be various aspects of Greek life present, and of course, plenty of food.

Be sure to come and see a little of Greece at WorldFest. More information will be available in the weeks to come.

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