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New affinity club gives more voice to U-High’s Hindu community

Elspeth LaCroix-Birdthistle
A student receives a henna tattoo during the Nov. 2 Diwali festival held by the Hindu Students Club. The group is a newly established affinity space for Hindu members of the Lab community.

A new affinity group, Hindu Students Club, will give Hindu students at U-High the opportunity to come together, share and celebrate their cultural identities and experiences. 

Founder Aran Malhotra, sophomore, said he felt the necessity to give Hindu students more voice. 

“We have a population of Hindu students at Lab and their main place to go before was Asian Students’ Association,” Aran said, “but ASA isn’t solely focused on their religion, and where they come from. I have a lot of friends who are Hindu, so I knew that there were enough here at Lab to be able to get a club started.”

HSC, advised by history teachers Cindy Jurisson and Peter Samuels, held a meeting on Sept. 26, where students discussed leadership positions in the club and potential festival gatherings. 

Aran shared his ideas for planned events in the future, referring Hindu celebrations and the possibility of collaborating with other affinity groups to maintain positive interactions and promote unity. 

“I also plan to invite Hindu speakers to educate members on different Hindu practices like yoga,” Aran wrote in a follow-up email message.

Aran mentioned that HSC would like to help improve the Lab community for all students, not just those who are Hindu.

“I created HSC for Hindu students at Lab to have a space where they can come feeling comfortable, and they can celebrate their faith,” Aran wrote in the email. “At the same time, HSC would like to spread love to bring all faiths and cultures together. We would continue to make Lab a place where all cultures are accepted and included.”

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Orlie Weitzman
Orlie Weitzman, Reporter
Orlie Weitzman is a member of the Class of 2027 and serves as reporter. She began the U-High Midway in the 2023-24 school year when she was a ninth grader. Orlie's second home is Hyde Park School of Dance, where she is a company dancer and a teacher trainee. Orlie also loves reading classics, YA novels and poetry.
Elspeth LaCroix-Birdthistle
Elspeth LaCroix-Birdthistle is a beginning photojournalist and a member of the Class of 2026. Elspeth's favorite part of photojournalism is taking photos of school events and being a part of the behind-the-scenes of the Midway and other school-related activities. Outside of school, Elspeth enjoys reading and dancing. She is also a member of the varsity girls soccer team.

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