By ANDRIANNA MARSTON
Gallons of sausage, white rice and chocolate-colored
peppered soup filled huge boilers and had the taste buds of students and
faculty jumping in the basement of Bogard Hall at the sixth annual Engineering
and Science Gumbo Festival Sept. 21.
Christopher Beard, president of the Engineering and
Science Association and a senior mechanical engineering major, said the event
was a welcome to new engineering students as well as a welcome back for
“The purpose of the event was to inform freshmen about
the professional societies and help them get acquainted with other engineering
and science students as well as professors,” Beard said.
ESA feels it is necessary to host this event because some
freshmen have a hard time adjusting to the college life, Beard said.
“The gumbo festival is just an easy way for students and
faculty to mingle together on a non-academic level,” Beard said.
Beard said he can remember his first gumbo festival.
“I had been working all week on homework assignments with
some of my friends,” Beard said. “However, when I went to the gumbo festival it
was just a time to hang out with my friends on a relaxed level.”
Beard said ESA decided to add a few new activities to the
“Instead of just eating gumbo and checking out the
student organization poster boards, we decided to add a pig kissing contest and
an ice cream eating contest,” Beard said.
He said his favorite part of the entire event was
watching faculty members kiss the pig.
Delvin Jackson, a freshman
computer science major, said this was his first time attending the festival and
he enjoyed the gumbo the most.
“I went to meet new people, but my [biggest] motivating
factor was to get some gumbo,” Jackson said.
Jackson said he is excited about future engineering and
“When I found out there would be an ice cream eating
contest and a pig kissing contest at the gumbo festival, I was geared up to
attend,” Jackson said. “So I’m interested in what kind of activities will be
planned for the next engineering and science event.”
Clinton Bass, a freshman mechanical engineering major,
said the festival helped convince him to join an engineering organization.
“I had been thinking about joining the American Society
of Mechanical Engineers,” Bass said. “But since I had a chance to hear about
some of the activities and talk with some of the group members, I’ve decide to
go ahead and turn in my application.”
Bass said the event helped him make a few new friends.
“I actually had a chance to talk with some students who I
have class with,” Bass said. “Now I won’t have too much thinking to do when I
have to pick a group for class projects.”