Le cercle français
|This year has been very productive
for Le cercle français. We began the fall semester
with a tremendously successful fund raiser and raffle to benefit
the victims of the devastating hurricanes that hit Haiti.
The money raised was sent to a friend of Dr. Eileen Ketchum’s
who has established a home/school for street boys in Cap Haitien.
We decided that we would be most comfortable donating money
to an institution that every cent would go directly to those
who need the money the most.
We also ventured down to the 19th Street Theatre for a high
school production of Les Miserables. With the generous funding
of Student Council we were able to purchase tickets for a
solid number of students.
professors Patricia Conrad, Eileen Ketchum and Lisa
Perfetti take a break at the Holiday party.
French Club members completed the fall semester with an evening
in Philadelphia, enjoying an authentic dinner at a Moroccan
restaurant. The food and atmosphere was delightful and a truly
new experience for most who attended.
Additionally, we invited students to see a French movie at
the 19th Street Theatre, A Very Long Engagement (Un long dimanche
de fiançailles). The viewing was subsequently followed
by a panel discussion led by Dr. Eileen Ketchum (French),
Dr. Francine Roussel (theatre) and Dr. Robert Croskey (history).
We are currently planning a trip to New York City to see La
Cage aux Folles on Broadway this April. We are all very excited
for this opportunity and are very grateful to Student Council
for helping fund this event. Undoubtedly this final trip of
the semester will be an unforgettable experience. We also
prepared to present French skits, sing French songs, and read
French poems for International Night in March.
Our constant, ongoing activity is la table française
which takes place every Wednesday in G.Q. at 5:00 PM. Regular
attendees are a small group with an occasional new face looking
to meet others interested in practicing French on a wide variety
of topics. We are always welcoming new attendees, no matter
what the level of French!