Tech students get their just desserts

October 27, 2016

Amber Harrington

Staff Reporter | anh038@latech.edu




This week, Louisiana Tech students were given the opportunity to sample a variety of cultural confections.


On Oct. 24, Tech’s International Student Association hosted its annual International Dessert Night, a dessert social where sweets from across the globe are made and shared with the Tech community.


This year, students from more than 12 countries participated, including Columbia, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and others. Each country competed for a first place prize of $75. Saudi Arabia ultimately took home the grand prize and the title of “Best Dessert.”


Yazeed AlMahdi, the president of the International Student Association and a junior engineering major at Tech, said the event signified the kickoff of the year.


“Every fall quarter the ISO hosts one major event to announce our upcoming activities, our new board members and a lot of other important information,” AlMahdi said. “We try to get everyone we can involved.”


AlMahdi said the event not only promotes the growth of the organization, but also encourages current international students to share their culture with their fellow Bulldogs.


“The night was about more than just having fun,” he said. “It was meant to impact everyone involved. A lot of the international students here tend to just exist. They don’t realize all the fun they can have with each other.”


Rebecca Kirkpatrick, a sophomore child development major, said she felt the event was equally beneficial for those who were from the U.S., as it was an opportunity for some students to experience cultures different from their own.


“Things like this are so important because as Americans, we can be so narrow-minded,” Kirkpatrick said. “We forget there are other cultures out there, and I genuinely hope events like this will continue.”


One of the event’s coordinators, Christiane Olinga, said although she is proud of the social’s outcome, she is now even more anxious for the organization’s next important event, the International Scholarship Dinner, which will be held the last week of January.


“We want the International and American students to mingle together now so when the International Dinner comes around, which is one of the biggest events for us, it will be enjoyable for everyone,” she said. “It’s really about appreciating each other’s culture.”


The dinner ultimately serves as a fundraiser for international students. The funds collected are put toward several scholarships which are awarded based on academic performance, financial need and involvement in ISO events.


“I encourage people to go to these events because firstly, we have delicious food,” AlMahdi said. “But most importantly, it’s for a good cause, and it’s always an enjoyable time.”


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