October 13, 2010

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 81, Issue 2

MISA Offers Students a 'Taste of Culture'

Greek salad and souvlaki. Photo by Geoff Peters 604's photostream

Greek salad and souvlaki. Photo by Geoff Peters 604's photostream

Do you love food? Do you like trying new things? Are you interested in experiencing different cultures? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider attending one of the dinner trips sponsored by the office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs.
MISA is offering all students the opportunity to get a taste of culture in Western New York.
Nasreen Akhtar, the graduate assistant for MISA, coordinates the cultural dinner trips as well as other MISA events that are designed to help each student maximize their college experience through learning more about themselves as well as others.
Akhtar said, The purpose of the dinners is for students to get off campus and experience other cultures and the authentic food they have to offer. It's not about fine dining, but more about the experience.
The MISA office has planned three dinner trips for the fall semester, providing students with the opportunity to experience three different cuisines “ Caribbean, Greek and Indian.
Akhtar mentioned several incentives for students to attend the dinner trips. Students will be able to try something different and get out of their comfort zone. For $5, students get transportation to the restaurant and an authentic meal.
Renee Dalia, a senior English and special education major, said I think it's a nice opportunity for students to explore other cultures and it's within an ideal price range for college students.
Not only are these dinner trips designed to encourage students to try different cuisines, they are also social experiences that allow students to relax and enjoy each other's company.
One of the most enjoyable ways to learn about another culture is to share an authentic meal, said Akhtar.
The next dinner trip will take place on Friday, Oct. 15, at Olympia, a Greek restaurant located in North Tonawanda. Though it's too late to sign up for the Greek trip, students have until Monday, Nov. 15, to sign up for the final dinner trip of the semester. The Nov. 19 dinner will feature Indian cuisine at Indian Kabab and Curry in Buffalo.
To sign up for the dinner trips, students need to bring $5 and their I.D. card to the MISA office, located in Lower Level Gallagher Center.

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