The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 10, 1993-5
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From left to right, LSA senior Kesha Burch, Psychology graduate student Nicole Joyner and Residential College senior Autumn Westbrook share a laugh at the multicultural taste
fest at the Trotter House.
Students grab a taste of multiculturalism
By GREG HOEY
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Heaping plates of colorful food filled
the recreation room of the Trotter House
last night. Every dish combined foreign
and native cuisine - burritos and en-
chiladas, hummus and falafel, fried
chicken and greens, rice smothered in
black bean soup, peach cobbler, and
spicy Indian rice dishes. Countless col-
orful beans,breads and dips adorned the
plates. The hodge podge aroma filled
These aromas enveloped the Trotter
House-the University's minority stu-
dent cultural center - as it hosted its
second annual "A Taste of Culture"
Project Awareness, a group of Trot-
ter House staff members and Minority
Peer Advisors (MPAs), sponsored the
Co-coordinatorJean Bakersaid, "We
hope to introduce people to foods of all
different cultures and hope that people
can experience some of that culture
through the food - something that
everyone can identify with." Baker is a
first-year Public Health student and
Bates Residence Hall MPA.
Deon Woods, a co-coordinator of
the event, said, "There are a number of
different cultures in the U.S. and in the
world. We want to introduce these cul-
tures to the students as well as giving
them one of the firstopportunities of the
year to meet each other and introduce
Trotter House as a resource."
Woods, aRackhamstudentand Trot-
ter House staff member, said, "We hope
people use the facility and take advan-
tage of the resource they have in the
MPAs who are so valuable to students."
The food seemed to be the major
draw for many students who attended.
"I really like the fact that they are
celebrating culture because that is what
I'm looking for," said first-year LSA
honors student Wahida Baki. "The food
was good and there was a lot of stuff I
never tasted before."
The event also featured two mixers
-agame of20 questions and agameof
Win, Lose or Draw - in addition to
planned singing entertainment and a
Overall, the reaction to the evening's
events seemed positive.
"I like that there are so many cul-
tures interacting regardless of the large
cultural differences," said Punita Dani,
an LSA sophomore.
Business School senior and Bursley
MPA Warren Williams sang "Lift Ev-
ery Voice" andTrotterHouse staff mem-
ber James Campbell sang a rhythm and
blues tune. LSA senior Horrace Sand-
ers was the scheduled comedian.
Baker said last year'sevent- which
500 people attended - was a huge
success and that this year's event was
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