Friendsgiving, an event hosted by the Student Government Association to benefit the Campus Pantry, has been one of the most popular events at the university with attendance always exceeding 100 people, a rarity for many organizations on campus.
This year was no exception.Hungry students, faculty, and staff crowded the second floor waiting for the menu consisting of sliced brisket, turkey, and pulled chicken alongside “Maggie’s Mac-N-Cheese”, baked beans with brisket bits, green beans, salad, and the choice of either a slider roll or a slice of cornbread.
The sauce was also another popular item among students. The options reflected a variety of tastes and geographic preferences with titles such as Memphis Belle, Smoky Mountain, Tupelo Honey Neat, KC Classic, Bay-B-Que, and Texas Twang. “These sauces are where it’s at,” exclaimed a student as he drowned his brisket in Bay-B-Que.
SGA leadership was pleasantly surprised by this year’s turnout. “I was expecting 10 to 15 people, but this was a pleasant surprise,” said Yvonne Harper, SGA president.
Within an hour, students began lounging around the second floor on the couches and floors either recovering from their food comas or awaiting the pizza to arrive as the Mission spread ran dry.
Like any normal Thanksgiving, internal clashes found its way into the mix leading some members of the SGA to boycott the event by crowding in the SGA office upstairs.
Nonetheless, the event was popular among students and well-attended.
“We had a fantastic turnout.”, said Ben Kahn, director of public relations for SGA (and fashion columnist for the UB Post). “We didn’t expect as many students. We hope that this well them know that we as SGA want to hold more events like this in the future.”
Leonard Robinson is editor-in-chief of the UB Post.
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