Parkside International Signature Events

Mid-Autumn Festival

This event is a traditional program that highlights the Chinese celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, the second grandest festival after the Spring Festival in China and in other Asian regions and provinces such as Vietnam. The Mid-Autumn Festival has a primary focus of being with family and friends and it takes its name from the fact that it is always celebrated in the middle of the autumn season. The day is also known as the Moon Festival, as at that time of the year the moon is at its roundest and brightest. Parkside International Residential College celebrates this event by bringing students together over food, performances, mahjong, and activities for all students.


Diwali is a celebration of ancient Hindu festival celebrated in fall every year. It is the biggest and the brightest festival in India that signifies the victory of light over darkness. As IRC is an internationally themed residential college we hope to be able to celebrate many different cultural festivals to make our students feel more at home. The program typically includes food, performances by student groups, rice mandala making, as well as time for students to socialize. We hope that students who are away from home can enjoy this festival and other students can learn more about the Indian culture

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Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year Celebration is a celebration of the New Year according to the lunar calendar and is a time to look towards ancestors, be present with family, and prepare for the New Year. Lunar New Year is celebrated by Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and many other cultural groups reap resented here at USC. It is an important cultural event that will bring a piece of home to people who celebrate it in addition to allowing those who do not know about the cultural context to learn about it. USC’s Lunar New Year celebration will feature Chinese food, calligraphy, mahjong, karaoke, and performances from various cultural groups on campus.

Persian New Year

Persian New Year- more commonly known as Norooz Mobarak, coincides with the first day of Spring. We will be catering Persian food and pastries, in addition to having traditional Persian music and performances. The decorations will include the Haft Seen, “Table of Seven,” which has contains symbols integral for the new year including: candles, goldfish, and flowers. We will also be dyeing and decorating hard-boiled eggs, which is a common activity for the holiday! The purpose of the program is to foster community within the Parkside area itself, as well as with other areas of campus, while also coming together to celebrate an important Persian Holiday. As a diverse living community it is important that we learn more about other cultures and celebrate one another.

One World Week

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 7.07.30 PM One World Week is a program series highlighting social issues in the world today through screenings of documentaries and films that border the chosen topic for the day. Each documentary screening is followed by discussion and accompanied by catered food from a popular restaurant in the city. Topics in the past have ranged from Gender Violence, LGBT Issues, Black Lives Matter, Beauty, Rape Culture on Campuses, and Ableism.  For 2015-16, One World Week proudly screened Call me Kuchu, Free Angela and All the Political Prisoners, Dark Girls, The Hunting Ground, and Right Footed. In this upcoming year, One World Week will instead take place over a month, with a film screening every weekend rather than every day. Parkside Apartments spearheads this spectacular documentary series.

Tri-Parkside Cup

An intramural Harry Potter-style sports competition between the three Parkside buildings (PRB, IRC, and Parkside Apartments). Every Spring, residents from each of the buildings are encouraged to team up for a series of friendly competitions amongst the three Parkside buildings to see who can take on the title of Tri-Parkside Cup Champion for the upcoming year. Previous events have included dodgeball, soccer, water balloon toss, capture the flag, and more.