Ashoka apologizes for ‘hurtful, resentful and unacceptable’ Diwali skit

Ashoka’s executive board released a statement on Monday night outlining their plans for accountability after public outcry about this year’s Diwali skit.

| Managing Editor

ABS honors diversity of Black student achievements with ‘Black Talks, Black Thoughts’

The Association of Black Students continued their 2020 Black History Month programming series, Feb. 25 in the Orchid Room, with the third annual “Black Talks, Black Thoughts,” which offered students and faculty the opportunity to give a 10 minute presentation on any topic of their choosing.

| Senior News Editor

‘Stop the violence, stop the hate’: Ekta urges student solidarity

Ekta, a South Asian discussion group, hosted “Stop Genocide in India: A Student Demonstration,” to raise Washington University’s awareness of rising fascism and Islamophobia overseas Feb. 20.

| Senior News Editor

‘Spurring dialogue’: Ashoka raises funds for Kashmir Relief Fund through Diwali

Dancing, expression, fashion, music and skits will all combine at the Diwali showcase this weekend, Nov. 8 and 9. Diwali, a typically Hindu festival celebrated by individuals across the South Asian diaspora, started on Sunday, and the holiday will last throughout this week. Ashoka, the South Asian Student Association at Washington University, puts on their annual showcase of the same name.

Marc Ridgell | Contributing Writer

Student Union announces Trending Topics Speaker Series slate for 2019-2020 year

Student Union confirmed this year’s official speaker list for the Trending Topics Speaker Series, taking an unprecedented number of proposed speakers off the waitlist.

| Senior Editor

Photo Gallery: Diwali 2018: ‘Unbreakable Kaira Shree’

“Unbreakable Kaira Shree” was exhibited this past weekend at Edison Theatre and featured performances from Wash. U. groups, as well as a fashion show and a philanthropy presentation.

Jiyoon Kang and Ryan Yang | Student Life Photographers

News in brief: Heritage month events, College Prep graduation

April is South Asian Heritage Month, and Washington University Ashoka is celebrating with the theme “Representation: South Asian Creators Going Against the Grain” and Washington University’s College Prep Program Graduation will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22 in Emerson Auditorium.

News Editors

‘Just One of the Bhais’: Diwali 2016 balancing celebration with social awareness

Diwali, a Hindu holiday celebrated across India and throughout South Asia as the rise of light over darkness and good over evil, is taking on its 25th year as a schoolwide cultural performance put on by Ashoka, a South Asian student association.

| Theater/Dance Editor

Diwali to bring ‘big, fat’ show to Edison

The prevailing of good over evil, a sense of community and the recognition of the good things we have in our lives: These are what one of Ashoka’s cultural chairs, junior Saniya Suri, cites as the main themes of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Ashoka, Washington University’s South Asian Cultural Group, will present Wash. U.’s 27th Diwali performance this upcoming weekend at Edison Theatre, featuring a variety of dance and musical acts as well as a skit and fashion show.

| Culture Editor

Ashoka celebrates South Asian cultures in 25th Diwali

Diwali, a holiday also known as the Festival of Lights, is celebrated by a variety of different religions and sects, but is largely considered a South Asian festival. One of Diwali’s biggest themes is the idea of light beating out dark and good prevailing over evil.

Mike Toomey | Contributing Reporter

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