The Mountainlair will be transformed into a salsa night club when COMPARSA heats up the dance floor Sunday, Feb. 1, at West Virginia University. The International Student Organization (ISO) recently announced the Latin band will perform from 3-6 p.m. in the Gold Ballroom as part of its spring semester lineup of events.

While COMPARSA was formed in Elkins, the groups lead singer, Eduardo Canelon, is from Venezuela and the band plays salsa and other Latin American music. During the fall semester, the band was so popular with students, ISO decided to invite the group back for an encore performance.

International Student Program Adviser Karen Bird said unlike the other concert, this one will have a Mardi Gras theme. Costume is optional and a prize will be handed out for the best dressed.

Tickets are now on sale for $5 ($7 at the door) from the Office of International Students&Scholars (OISS) in Elizabeth Moore Hall or from any ISO officer. In addition, tickets will be available for purchase tomorrow (Jan. 21) from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Mountainlair.

Other OISS events include Thursdays (Jan. 22) International Tea, organized by the Council for Womens Concerns, from 4-5 p.m. in E. Moore Hall. International Teas are usually held on the third Thursday of each month. For a complete schedule, go to

Next month, WVU students in public and community health will highlight the flavors and traditions of India as they host an Intercultural Forum and Potluck at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the John E. Jones Conference Center at Health Sciences. Those who would like to attend are asked to bring an Indian dish and recipe to share.

For more information, contact Bill Reger, assistant professor in community medicine, at 304-293-0764.