Newsletter 2005
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.
French 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!