Penn State York celebrates Unity Week

Sean Philip Cotter

Penn State York's four-day diversity celebration will feature water balloon fights, a fashion show and a person-sized soccer ball.

The college's 18th annual Unity Day is Friday, capping off the week of events promoting a multicultural environment and teaching students about each other, according to a news release from the college. All events are free and open to the public.

At noon on Tuesday, board games from around the world will be available for people to play, the release says. This will take place in the main classroom building's conference center.

At noon the next day, a soccer game featuring a 6-foot-diameter ball will take place on the soccer field next to the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center. Then at 6 p.m. that day, the college will screen the movie "The Normal Heart," which is about a gay activist trying to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in New York City in the 1980s and '90s. That will take place in the conference center of the main classroom building, which will then hold a discussion about the movie.

A celebration of the Indian spring festival Holi will take place Thursday, the release says. People will be drenched in bright colors for the celebration, which begins from noon until 1 the conference center, then move outdoors at 4 p.m. to the grassy area between the conference center and the Pullo Center, according to the release. People will throw water balloons and dance to Indian music, it says.

Penn State York freshman Khanh Nguyen of Vietnam is covered in colored chalk dust during the Holi celebration at the campus Thursday, April 11, 2013. Holi is an Eastern Indian spring festival of colors. Students threw chalk dust and water balloons and danced during a free-for-all celebration held on the school's soccer field. The event was sponsored by the Penn State York Multicultural Club and was part of Unity Week Celebration headed by the school's Diversity Committee. Bill Kalina photo

The Friday festivities, which also run from noon to 1 p.m., will include a fashion show, world music and displays from the various cultures of students and faculty, according to the release.

People who come to the Unity Day events on Friday can get a T-shirt designed by Northeastern High School senior Joshua Freeze for the occasion. Unity Week is sponsored by the college's Diversity Committee, which is made up of students and faculty, according to the release.

All events are free and open to the public, the college says.

— Reach Sean Cotter or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.