Seasonal Fare at Chancellor's Residence
weather and plenty of seasonal food wooed international students, Teaching
Fellows and members of the Honors College
into the backyard of Chancellor Meadors's residence on Wednesday, Oct.
At the cookout,
70 guests sampled a buffet of corn-on-the-cob, potato wedges, Japanese
slaw and candy apples. In true Southern style, giant turkey drumsticks
were also on the menu. International students stared at them in disbelief.
"How am I supposed
to eat this?" asked one student. Another bravely carved into the
meat with a knife and fork.
"Go ahead and
pick it up," Mrs. Barbara Meadors urged. "It's more fun that
Some of the international
students had other ideas about American cuisine.
to be a typical American and eat everything with ketchup," said
Katrin Langst, an exchange student from Germany.
asked about the enormous smoked turkey legs, cafeteria manager Mike
Nance said, "I had to do a lot of hunting for them."
Japan, Korea, Spain,
Germany, Sweden, Ukraine and many other countries were represented.
"This is an
annual event for these really special student groups on our campus,"
Chancellor Meadors said. "It's a very interesting and diverse group
of students, some from as far away as Pembroke and others from Asia
Located at the southern
edge of UNCP's campus, the Chancellor's Residence hosts numerous students,
parents and other visitors. This event had a unique fall flavor.
Sponsored in part
by University Relations, Associate Director Scott Bigelow was on hand
to explain the American invention of marshmallows to Yuriy Podvysotskiy,
a Ukrainian exchange student.
"I did not
do a very good job, but think about it - what is a marshmallow?"
Bigelow said. "After I explained it, Yuriy asked me if we grow
them around here."
As night fell, students
sat around the campfire with bags of marshmallows. For some, this was
their first marshmallow-roasting experience.
"I like it.
It's sweet. I like sweets," said Elizabeth Fleckhammer from Germany.
really had a great time with the campfire and the candy apples,"
said Bigelow. "I have to thank Mrs. Meadors for hosting the event
and planning the evening so nicely."
Director of International
Student Life, Beth Carmical, said she was pleased to see so many American
students stay well into the evening to help exchange students with the
art of marshmallow roasting.
we take for granted, but for first timers, it's both puzzling and fun,"
she said. "I think some of our visitors had a hard time believing
it was pure sugar and that people really eat it when it's burned to
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