Y’know, college is a good time to broaden one’s horizons, and cultural celebrations, such as Halloween, can certainly help with that. For example, just this morning I took the time to read the tiny ingredient list/nutritional information on a piece of candy I’m going to hand out. I mean, does anyone ever read those before digging in on All Hallows’ Eve? Did anyone else, besides myself, not know that beef gelatin was a thing? Is there any point to adding artificial flavoring to candy sticks if in the end they still taste like chalk? So many wonders. My mind is blown. Still, considering the contents of a thing I’ve already eaten is just one way to expand the mind. Here are some suggestions for you!
Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is a Mexican celebration full of skeleton visages and trippy colors. It focuses on the importance of family and offers remembrance and thanks for friends and family who have passed on. And, if you don’t like stylish skeletons or family members, it also has great food. Cuesta’s North County campus is joining in on the festivities this year with student art projects, altars, and a free documentary screening, followed by food. Food for the Ancestors, which explores a culinary history of the event, will be shown on Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. in Dallon’s Hall, Room N3102. The art and altars will be on display from now till Nov. 7 in the Learning Resource Center Lobby. It’s sure to be wonderful, so please check it out.
As a matter of fact, that’s not the only way in which North County has been broadening horizons. Beth-Ann Dumas, teacher of communication studies, has been encouraging her students to go out and make a difference. She believes that for her students, learning by doing means projects which help the community or Cuesta. For example, one of her groups is creating a garden for Winifred Pifer Elementary School in Paso Robles, as well as a garden work day.
Another group is helping the El Camino Homeless Organization set up a breakfast booth as well as a collection event for items to help homeless people keep warm during the winter. And yet another group is helping the Veterans Transition Center of Monterey County with a canned food drive and fundraising. Every group is required to interact with their project beneficiaries, as it will help the students experience the meaningfulness and impact of what they are doing. Congratulations to Ms. Dumas and her students for their work.
Intern Chris White-Sanborn feels suitably enriched. He should stop eating now. Send your collegiate news to firstname.lastname@example.org, and have a great Halloween.