ACU carnival takes the Abilene community on a trip around the world

Posted April 23, 2010

We Are the WorldSummer is just around the corner, and what better way to enjoy the warm weather than with an outdoor carnival? ACU's multicultural clubs are providing just that – with an international flair. Essence of Ebony, Hispanos Unidos and the International Students Association will host "We Are the World," a festival showcasing ACU's diverse student body from 1-5 p.m. May 1.

An assortment of "culture booths" will be displayed, each set with their own country's heritage and traditions. Each booth will have giveaway souvenirs, as if you took a trip around the world without stepping outside the ACU campus. Invisible Children, a non-profit organization that, according to their website, "uses film, creativity, and social action to restore Northern Uganda to peace," will also be included in the array of booths.

All the money collected will go toward the Don Willis Scholarship fund, enabling students to continue their secondary education.

"The overall goal is to show the great diverse medley represented on our campus, through their multicultural backgrounds," says Elroy Johnson, a junior marketing major and the co-director of the event. "In addition, we are making an effort to raise funds to help those struggling students make their way back to ACU to finish their education."

Entertainment from ACU's very own groups such as Shades, the Swing Cats and Milonga will perform, as well as Abilene's St. Vincent Pallotti's Ballet Folkorico and Minda Street Church of Christ's choir. Children of all ages will be able to enjoy the bounce houses, dunk tanks and delicious Cajun Cones available.

The event will take place in the mall area of ACU's campus, located in the front of the campus center. Admission is $4. Ticket will be sold the week of April 26-30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  in the campus center and will also be available at the door. A $1 discount will be implemented with a single book donation to Invisible Children.

For more information about the event, contact Elroy Johnson at or Keri Gray at

Did You Know? ACU's trailblazing iPad app for The Optimist has been downloaded over 600 times in more than 25 countries within the first 10 days after its release. This is an exciting global opportunity for ACU as the number of international downloads continues to grow. Learn more about the app here.