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NTHU Community Celebrated the Year of the Goat
NTHU’s Chinese New Year celebration was held on February 24 in the university Auditorium, with a spectacular performance by the campus Drumming Club serving as the curtain-raiser. Inspired by the “24 festival drums” style of Malaysia, the undulating and thundering sound shook the rafters. Large numbers of faculty and staff, some of them have already retired, were on hand to usher in the year of the goat, making it a lively and memorable occasion.
 
In the opening speech, President Hocheng wished everyone a happy and prosperous new year. He then expressed his appreciation for all their hard work and diligence over the past year, thanks to which NTHU remains one of the most prestigious universities in Taiwan.
 
President Hocheng went on to admonish the NTHU community not to rest on its laurels, pointing out that difficult circumstances often bring out the best in people. Citing an example, he reminded the audience that it was during its phase as one of the three universities which made up the National Southwestern Associated University during World War Two that NTHU achieved some of its most important accomplishments. He also asserted that as long as everyone continues to carry out their work in a conscientious and creative manner, then the year of the goat is sure to be a good one.
 
Additional highlights of the celebration included splendid musical performances by the Chaonan Faculty Band led by NTHU Vice President Wu Cheng-Wen; a trio consisting of professors Chao Shiuh, Liu Yi-Wen, and Chang We-Fu; and the Seagull-K Vocal Band, the members of which are NTHU alumni. There was also a dazzling Tahitian dance performance by the female members of the Office of the Secretariat.
 
The final act was a spectacular magic trick in which Chen Guohua of the Physical Education Office appeared to chop off the arm of his lovely female assistant. The festivities came to a dramatic close when Chen and the other performers tossed tangerines (the traditional symbol of prosperity) into the audience.
 
 The campus Drumming Club performing the curtain-raiser.

The campus Drumming Club performing the curtain-raiser.

 President Hocheng (center) leading a group felicitation.

President Hocheng (center) leading a group felicitation.

 President Hocheng announcing the winner of the raffle.

President Hocheng announcing the winner of the raffle.

 Trio consisting of professors Chao Shiuh, Liu Yi-Wen, and Chang We-Fu.

Trio consisting of professors Chao Shiuh, Liu Yi-Wen, and Chang We-Fu.

 Tahitian dance performers.

Tahitian dance performers.

 The Seagull-K Vocal Band.

The Seagull-K Vocal Band.

 Chaonan Faculty Band led by NTHU Vice President Wu Chengwen (1)

Chaonan Faculty Band led by NTHU Vice President Wu Chengwen (1)

 Chaonan Faculty Band led by NTHU Vice President Wu Chengwen (2)

Chaonan Faculty Band led by NTHU Vice President Wu Chengwen (2)

 

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