International House or "I-house" is a Special Interest House based in Residence Hall Eugene Colby C. Being "an organization that provides opportunities for students to learn about a variety of cultures and customs," International House houses students from all over the United States and the world and extends invitations, each year, to all incoming international and domestic students to create a floor of maximum, "natural diversity" (see below), where members may one minute be playing basketball together and the next be playing Dungeons and Dragons or Starcraft 2. The leadership of International House has focused for years on creating an environment where everyone is welcome to bring their knowledge and interests to the community. International House generally advertises a few strengths when reaching out to new members:
- Having been a place for International and Domestic Students to come together for so many years, I-House is a hub of cultural discussion, learning, food, and events
- As a recognized affiliate of Global Union and a part of the Special Interest House Community, International House has direct ties to a vast number of cultural, major, and/or interest based activities and clubs who organize events with International House and other groups on campus.
- Members have exclusive access to a full-sized, fully equipped kitchen and attached extra large lounge (in addition to the regular floor kitchenette and lounge)
- Members are able to participate in all International House travel events
There are two types of members outlined in the International House Constitution: On-floor and Off-floor. Each are outlined below.
Every Quarter, International House holds between 2-3 events to bring all the members together and have fun. A few of these events are repeated every year.
The International House Dinner is an event that happens three times per year. During fall and spring quarter, the event takes place on campus in a banquet area (past areas include Sol's Activity Room and NRH 1250) and the food is made entirely by I-house members, consisting of cultural food generally, but not always, from a member's culture of origin. During the winter quarter, the International House Dinner occurs at a restaurant that is voted on by members.
The Niagara Falls Trip is just as the name sounds--a group excursion to Niagara Falls, New York. It is one of the larger events of the year, and generally most, if not all, members attend this event.
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