Students given chance to broaden horizons, taste buds

As students walked through the LSC mall area yesterday, they may have been surprised. A sign, which turned more than a few heads, displayed the phrase, “Happy Canadian Thanksgiving” and featured the game ‘Pin the Feather on the Turkey’.

The Office of Multicultural and International Student Services (MISS) and various otherorganizations sponsored a luncheon Monday from noon until 2:00 p.m. The event included turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, perogie rolls and clairs.

Students from Canada were contacted by an email from MISS urging them to send recipes for the event.

The perogie rolls, an English roll originating from the Ukrainian phrohy, provided students with a taste of culture. The clairs, a French-Canadian desert, were filled with a light cream.

Ysabel Sarabia, a member of Delta Xi Nu-a multicultural society-volunteered to help at the event.

“Educating students about different cultures is a good way of expanding their horizons,” Sarabia said.

Debbie Nichols, Assistant to the VP for Student Services, discussed her Canadian heritage with a MISS member. Nichols mentioned the Canadian Thanksgiving Day and plans were made to celebrate the event.

“I think that events like these are necessary to get the people to learn about cultures different from our own, whether it is Texas culture or American culture,” Ashley Donough, Program Coordinator of MISS said.

The Proud Canadian Kids website explains that Canada celebrates Thanksgiving by feasting with family and friends. The holiday provides Canadians an opportunity to give thanks for having the good fortune to live in a bountiful country.

The Canadian Thanksgiving is held early in October, unlike the American Thanksgiving that is in late November. The holiday is on the second Monday of October as a result of an earlier harvest than that of America.

The Office of MISS, in conjunction with the Program Council, will host a similar event on Thursday. The luncheon, called “The Taste of Hispanic Heritage,” will be held in the LSC mall area beginning at 11:00 a.m. The Office of MISS will also host Diversity Week, which will begin on October 22.

For more information on Thursday’s event contact Program Council at 294-1763 or email pc@shsu.edu. Check the MISS website for events during Diversity Week at http://www.shsu.edu/~miss_sa/v2/events.html.

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