Happy new year! According to the lunar calendar, we are officially in the year of the monkey. 2016 will be a year of great energy, intelligence, charisma, and of course playfulness as these portray the personalities of the monkey. As an international student, it's not practical to go home for new year (although that's the norm in countries like China), so the Chinese Student and Scholars Association at USU brought home to us. A fun filled new year gala amused the crowd with great food, entertainment, and awesome prizes. This was a great way to share Chinese culture with the diverse audience. Through fun, we learn and embrace diversity at USU because we believe an education also exist beyond the classrooms, on stages and social settings like this. So, I wish everyone 'xin nian kuai le!' (happy new year in Chinese Mandarin).