As you walked through the University Commons during Homecoming Weekend, specifically on Saturday between 5 and 7 p.m. toward Courts B & C, the smells and sounds of the International Marketplace Buffet welcomed you.
Students, alumni, and faculty entered the decorated gymnasium, greeted by smiling faces and tables bearing food from many different countries. The EMU diners could have had a chicken dish over white rice complemented by a spring roll from the Asia table, or if Hispanic food was more to their liking, they could have served themselves platanos, beef tacos and pupusas. Another table offered curry vegetables and malva pudding. And for those wanting to keep it simple, there was also potato salad and deli sandwiches. As an end to dinner, a dessert table supported a three-tier presentation of various cream-filled pastries.
Jerry Holsopple, a professor in the visual and communication arts department, and his daughter played for the dining crowd. Afterwards, past cross-cultural groups preformed, including students from the 2011 South African trip who sang a few songs they learned during their time away.
As the semester is coming to a midpoint, students enjoyed a break from studying hard to attend the buffet. Junior David Everett said, “The atmosphere was very enjoyable and welcoming. The food was magnificent. I also enjoyed seeing the different experiences my classmates had from other cross cultural trips.”
Alicia Frye, Staff Writer