Music flowed through the air, hamburgers and hotdogs sizzled on grills with students waiting in line conversing with each other to get their share at the Black Student Union’s annual cookout.
The sun was shining across the Shawnee Quad creating an atmosphere that enhanced the “cookout feeling” as one student noted.
“The weather is really nice, it brought the whole cookout vibe together,” said sophomore Yasmine Brooks. “Absolutely perfect for an event like this.”
This event was not only for ESU students but also for the community and friends to come and enjoy, as there were former ESU students, friends and family who attended.
Alongside a table selling slushies for $1, there was a table for students to get registered to vote for candidates in the upcoming Pa. General Elections on Nov. 6.
According to Kaila Mobley, BSU’s event coordinator, the goal of the organization to create a space for minority students to be themselves was a very clear mission between members.
“We want to let student’s know we are here,” Mobley said. “A space where minority students can represent themselves and get to know each other.”
The event had more than just food, music and conversation. One of ESU’s dance teams, The Warrior Rebels, delivered an electrifying performance.
Some members of ESU’s cultural fraternities and sororities such as Kappa Alpha Psi, Phi Beta Sigma, Omega Psi Phi and sorority Zeta Phi Beta came out to enjoy the cookout.
“There are students here that come from low-income, but high minority populations and come to ESU and it’s a culture shock,” said junior Naimah Stevens and BSU’s vice president. “You’re in an area that you’re not familiar with—you’re away from your family and it’s events like this that are a part of a supportive community. Cookouts are events that make you feel welcome—like you’re at home.”
Stevens said she wants for students to come out of BSU and other multicultural clubs events knowing they have a safe space and home on campus.
“Not only is BSU here but also Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi fraternities are here, the Monroe County Chapter NAACP (National Assoc. for the Advancement of Colored People) and House of Multicultural Affairs is here,” Stevens said. “There are so many resources here and they’re all here for you.”
Many students during this event shared that they had a great time and loved the event, music and food.
“I definitely enjoyed the cookout,” said Communications major sophomore. Daniel Brown. “It was nice seeing a lot of different people out and hanging out with friends.”
During BSU meetings, current news, either political or social, new music and how minorities represent themselves are just a few of the topics discussed. Everyone –minority or not, are welcome.
BSU holds meetings at 3 p.m., every Tuesday in Scitech. Students can also follow their social media page on Instagram @esu_bsu for updates on meetings and upcoming events like Throwback Thursday Karaoke on Sept. 27, 2018 in the University Common Grounds from 7 to 9 p.m.
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