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Students Celebrate Diversity with Multicultural Day

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11/18/2010 —

The aroma of egg rolls, fried rice and sauerkraut wafted through the halls of Penn State Brandywine’s Tomezsko Classroom Building as nearly 200 students mingled with their peers of different ethnicities in honor of Multicultural Day, hosted by the Office of Student Affairs.

As the sounds of Top 40 music videos and songs inspired by other nations, including a video for an Indian version of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” echoed through the lounge, students enjoyed the food of other cultures and socialized.

Freshman Brittany Wood said, “I think it’s cool to see everybody together and not segregated.” She was particularly fond of the Indian food, which included vegetable samosa and basmati rice.

Students enjoyed food from many nations, including sushi, plantains, stuffed shells, macaroni and cheese, turkey with gravy, spring rolls, Italian wedding soup, Jewish apple cake and even kielbasa and sauerkraut. A significant amount of food came from Da Shin Chinese restaurant in Media, D & H Jamaican Cuisine in Newark, Del., and Shere-E Punjab Indian restaurant in Media.

Junior Sahirra Dessesso was excited to be part of an event that promoted diversity. “I think the event is great!” she said enthusiastically, agreeing with her classmates that the food was the best part. As a member of the campus’ Multicultural Club, she is working on ways to “get more students from different races to attend” the campus through activities and social networking sites like Facebook.

Sophomore Amarjeet Singh, who stood out among the crowd as the jokester with reindeer antlers on his head, said he loved the sushi and Indian food, but thinks in the future the event should feature more Indian music. His friend and fellow sophomore Sunny Basra agreed and said, “The food and music are the best part and you get to experiences all the different cultures” found on campus.

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