European Club

— Emily Marino

A Moment in Evolution, 1994 University of Massachusetts Amherst Yearbook (p. 29)

It can hardly be said that the University of Massachusetts lacks multicultural outlets for the large student body that inhabits the Amherst campus. The Five Colleges European Club is one such outlet. Initiated in 1991, the club provides students with the opportunity to learn, examine, and enjoy the many cultural and educational aspects of various European countries.

The Club attracts membership of what founder and President Dimos Silvestriadis described as "an impressively diverse group of people". Silvestriadis also asserted that the organization fulfills the needs of many students of European background, as well as other students who are interested in both historical and current economic, political and social issues of the greater European region. The senior Economics Management major founded the club with the idea that "all Five-College area students should be able to know what is going on in Europe. "

The event which gained the Five Colleges European Club the most recognition is its popular Eurohouse party, which was traditionally held up to three times a semester. The dance party targeted fans of house, techno, and trance music in search of a club-like atmosphere reminiscent of European disco-techs, and offered them a "different way of entertainment," according to Silvestriadis.

"People dance until they melt," said Silvestriadis. "It is amazing how we get a more and more diverse crowd each time. We get more people than all the bars in town together - we have created history. " Fueled by 5,000 watts of the vibrating tunes of party master D.J. Tasos, a cash bar and electrifying lighting, the last Eurohouse drew more than 1,000 students. "It is pure adrenaline rush, " added Thomas Hofmeister, Vice President of the club.

Another benefit to the organization is its European databases Center. " With three computers and a fax machine we maintain communication with offices in Brussels and New York, " said Silvestriadis, who was also the database director. "We can hook up in any database and assist people in every topic, including tourism. "

The club also sponsors a range of lectures by prominent business figures, politicians and professors which present pertinent European issues from views of expertise. In the fall of 1993 approximately 200 people attended "French Positions on the Uruguay Round and the Future of International Trade. " The well-received lecture was given by Odile Roussel, and students were able to meet Ms. Roussel personally at a reception following the presentation.

In addition, Jacqueline M. Nonon spoke on "Being a Woman in Europe" in the spring for an audience of hundreds of women from Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges.

All of the European Club activities are carefully recorded and stored in the University archives. Tapes from the Eurohouse parties, pictures, and poster were all stored in a time capsule and planted under a tree between the Student Union and the Library in the spring.

As the main vein of the Five Colleges consortium of European organizations, the UMass branch is an integral presence on campus and in the Valley. All students are encouraged to join, and judging from the variety of both educational and entertaining achievements of the club, will undoubtedly learn from the experience and enjoy themselves in the process. "We have done the impossible. Despite the UMass bureaucracy, we brought the most prominent European VIPs and organized the most successful parties! " concluded Hofmeister.

Photo 1st by Joe Minkos "Vice-President Dieter Xiao, President Dimos Silvestriadis, and Vice- President Tom Hofmeister show our camera that they definitely know how to have fun"

Photo 2nd by Joe Minkos "A big smile from the 950 people dancing at EuroHouse VII which was held in the Student Union Ballroom"

European Club
UMass Index 1993: Celebrating Our Heritage