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College offers ethnic dessert samples

Ashley Charnley | Wednesday, January 27, 2010

 Who knew learning could be so sweet?

Saint Mary’s Student Diversity Board (SDB) offered students the chance to broaden their cultural horizons while satisfying their sweet tooth at their “Sugar Makes the World Go Around” event in Le Mans Hall’s Reignbeaux Lounge Tuesday night. 

SDB members Casie Hamman and Tavierney Rogan coordinated the event, bringing delicacies from several different countries together for students to try. 
 
“It’s a good way to get SDB out there because food interests people,” Hamman said. 
 
The food was catered by Sodexho, Saint Mary’s catering service, who provided all the sweets they had access to, and worked off recipes for the ones they didn’t, Hamman said. 
 
Foods came from France, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Scandinavia, Mexico, Africa, the Caribbean and Greece, as well as desserts from the Native American culture. They ranged from éclairs from France to pound cake in banana sauce from the Caribbean. 
 
“It’s interesting because they are things people haven’t tried before,” Rogan said. 
 
Carissa Salvador, president of SDB, likes the event because there is such a large response. 
 
“It is nice trying different desserts from different countries,” Salvador said. “It’s a more fun event because you can get people actually here.”
 
Students enjoy these types of events because they draw people together in a relaxed, positive setting.
 
“I think [these events] are important because they are drawing people together through food,” sophomore Jordan Bartrom said. 
 
Students didn’t only come for the food. They also support SDB’s mission to help bring diversity to campus. 
 
“It’s a good club and it has a good point,” Bartrom said. “It’s a smart idea because everybody loves dessert.
 
SDB is busy working on other upcoming events. Feb. 8 to Feb. 13 will be Disability Awareness Week, Hamman said. Women’s Appreciation Week will run from Feb. 22 to Feb. 25, Rogan said . 
 
SDB will also be holding their annual Diverse Student Leadership Conference (DSLC) from March 17-19.