Thanksgiving – A Day Early – at ENG
By Jason L London
BME student Mohit Butaney ('09) and Karishma Pillai ('09) enjoy the Thanksgiving buffet at the Ingalls Center.
(Clockwise from top) ECE doctoral students Bharat Sukhwani, Doug Carssow, Matt Chiu, Ashmaq Khon, Terry Lin, Joanna Liu and Yirong Pu.
ECE doctoral student Ashley Farrell plays the Nintendo Wii.
With the majority of students headed home, most areas around Boston University are quiet and empty the day before Thanksgiving. Not so at the College’s Ingalls Resource Center, where over 150 students, faculty and friends gathered for games, raffle prizes and the traditional Thanksgiving feast of roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing and apple cider.
With a diverse study body that includes students from throughout the United States and around the globe, many engineering students stay in the area during the Thanksgiving break. Sponsored by the College's Office of Development and Alumni Relations, the Thanksgiving dinner provided them with the opportunity to connect with other classmates in the same position.
“Many of our students are unable to get home for Thanksgiving,” College of Engineering Dean Kenneth R. Lutchen said. “It not only introduces our international students to the great tradition of Thanksgiving, but builds a stronger relationship and community between our students and the College.”
While most BU students sat in traffic and airport lines, a small section celebrated one day earlier. Undergraduate and graduate students brought their friends, spouses and relatives to the feast. One student volunteered a Nintendo Wii, which provided hours of entertainment on the Ingalls Center’s flat-screen television – even after the food was gone.
“This was my first time gathered together at BU for Thanksgiving,” said Claudia Paredes (’10), who is from Peru. “We had a great time with people from all over eating together.”
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