Saint Mary’s Diversity Board hosts authentic Tunisian dinner

first_imgMonday evening, the Saint Mary’s Student Diversity Board (SDB) hosted the third Diversity Dinner of this academic year in Regina Hall’s South Lounge for students to come together over a family-style Tunisian meal. Monica Villagomez Mendez | The Observer Saint Mary’s students tasted a family-style Tunisian meal at the third annual Diversity Dinner in Regina Hall’s Lounge on Monday.Student government association (SGA) international co-chairs senior Catherine Sullivan and sophomore Ngoc Truong organized the event to further their initial goal established in the fall semester: highlighting diversity within the Saint Mary’s community.“The Diversity Dinners aim to not only feature a variety of cultural foods, but they are meant to also help along students’ understanding of who their fellow Belles are,” Sullivan said.Sullivan said this is the third Diversity Dinner she helped to organize, following two other successful meals featuring Chinese and Italian dishes.“Because of how successful the two other dinners have been, we have had to put a cap on the dinners of 50 people,” she said. “We’ve filled up the dinners every time and we are hoping to expand for further events.”Monday’s dinner showcased Tunisian food thanks to one of the two Fulbright scholars at Saint Mary’s, Olfa Slimane, who is originally from Tunisia.“I wanted to share my culture because as a Fulbright scholar, I am a cultural messenger,” Slimane said. “This is my status. As a teaching assistant, I have to share my culture with others, and sharing culture means sharing food.”According to Slimane, the meal consisted of Tunisia’s most famous dishes, and it reminded her of her home country.The cuisine included couscous, something Slimane said Western diners are familiar with but cooks from Eastern countries prepare differently. The meal also included pureed carrot, lamb sauce, Tunisian salad and aja. Slimane also brewed a sweet green tea with peppermint leaves for the event.“I don’t normally cook for myself; I eat at the dining hall,” Slimane said. “I actually don’t cook much.”Yet, Sullivan said that was not the case for the Diversity Dinner — Slimane not only chose the dishes for the meal, but she also spent three days talking with her mother, who lives in Tunisia, on the phone while cooking every part of the dinner.“Olfa [Slimane] was originally an English teacher in Tunisia and came to Saint Mary’s to teach Arabic,” Sullivan said. “We spent all of Monday morning listening to French hip-hop music in the kitchen of Saint Mary’s [while] cooking lamb.“Olfa [Slimane] is such a great addition to our community here, and she was so excited to share her home cuisine with everyone,” she said.Senior and self-proclaimed foodie Nancy Reynolds said she first took interest in the event because she wanted to experience Tunisian cuisine.“The food was delicious, and I was excited to try different dishes that I otherwise wouldn’t get to taste,” Reynolds said.Reynolds said she thinks the Diversity Dinners are very beneficial for Saint Mary’s students to experience other cultures on a micro-level while in college.“What better way to experience a variety of cultures than with family-style meals?” she said.Senior Emmie Scanlon said she came to the event because she was paired with Slimane in SGA’s international buddy program, which effectively brings together American students and international students at the start of each school year.“It’s been such a fun experience learning about Tunisian culture and becoming good friends with Olfa,” Scanlon said. “This dinner made me learn even more about her, and on top of that, the food was so tasty.”Sullivan said the next scheduled Diversity Dinner will feature Mexican food, and four students from Mexico are already committed to taking on the role of chefs. The Diversity Dinners will end with the fifth dinner, which Sullivan said will offer German cuisine.Tags: Catherine Sullivan, Diversity Dinners, international buddy program, Ngoc Truong, Olfa Slimane, SDB, Student Diversity Board, tunisia, tunisia dinner, tunisian cuisine, tunisian foodlast_img read more

Teen Hit by Car in Mineola in Serious Condition

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A teenager is battling serious injuries after a car struck him in Mineola Friday night as he crossed the street, Nassau County police said.The 18-year-old was crossing the roadway near Second Street just before 10:30 p.m. when a 51-year-old male driver, traveling south on Mineola Boulevard, struck him with his Ford, police said.The teen suffered injuries to his head, neck and arms, police said. He was transported to a local hospital and is listed in serious but stable condition, police said.Both the teen and the driver were not identified.The incident doesn’t appear to be criminal, police said, but the Ford was impounded for a safety inspection. The investigation is continuing, police said.last_img read more

Jeff Redford, Billy Russell now serving sentence for heroin distribution; also other drug offense updates

first_imgBilly Russell, 59, of Wellington, has also been found guilty of the sale of heroin, and is now serving a 30 month sentence. His sentencing was on July 25.Two other suspects in the case: Maggie Redford, 33, of Wellington and William Sirmons, 49, of Wellington are still awaiting trial. The arrests came after an extensive investigations which took eight months co complete by a task force of the Sumner County Sheriff and Wellington Police Department.In other updates of non-related drug offenses, Spencer said.•Sadia Bitner, 42, of Wellington was convicted for 18 months for possession of methamphetamines.•Curtis Everhart, 31, of Wellington is still awaiting trial for arrests made on May 24 and June 19 for methamphetamine charges. He recently had two added misdemeanors placed on his list of charges for getting into a fight with a fellow jail mate. See story here.•Zach McHenry, 27, of Wellington is awaiting trial in October. He is charged with three felonies and two misdemeanors including possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute (see story here). by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Three Wellington residents are going to jail because of drugs. Three others are still awaiting trial.Two of the four Wellington residents involved with a heroin distribution ring that was busted on Thursday, May 19, 2013 were recently sentenced to prison (see original story here).Jeff RedfordAccording to Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer, Jeff Redford, 34, of Wellington, has been sentenced to 38 months in state prison after being found guilty on two counts of sale on heroin. His sentencing was Sept. 5.Billy Ray Russell Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Anyone who makes or sells meth is a killer just as if they were using a gun or knife. These people should serve a way more severe sentence. Report Reply 1 reply · active 360 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down 20white92 · 360 weeks ago The real crime here are the lenient sentences, pathetic! Report Reply 0 replies · active 360 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Vigilanty Justice · 360 weeks ago We have had about 5 or more deaths in the Wellington area because of HEROIN but yet these DEALERS only get 2 1/2 to 3 years sentences…………. KERWIN I am calling you out on this crap because you ran on a platform you were going to get tough on drugs. Just maybe we need to RECALL Kerwin and put in someone that will prosecute to the fullest extent. Report Reply 1 reply · active 360 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down WOW · 360 weeks ago I am sure there was a plea deal made so in fact Kerwin had something to do with the sentence!! Report Reply 2 replies · active 360 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Speaking the truth · 360 weeks ago ID RATHER TAKE PLEABARGAINING OVER THAN NOT AT ALL WHICH WAS THE CASE UNDER EVEN WATSON. GOOD JOB KERWIN. Report Reply 0 replies · active 360 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Harry · 360 weeks ago Dang grow up all you NEGATIVITY people. Report Reply 2 replies · active 360 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Matt Dillon · 360 weeks ago I would love to see those that deal in METH and HEROIN executed instead of given a light sentence. They are the lowest forms of life. Now when it comes to marijuana I have no problem with being given a $10 fine and let go. Report Reply 0 replies · active 360 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Matt Dillon · 360 weeks ago When did Kerwin Watson get elected to being prosecutor? He had to agree with the sentencing of the offenders. It would never go over lightly if I was elected county prosecutor. Report Reply 1 reply · active 360 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Hmmm….. · 360 weeks ago These sentences do seem light. I’m sorry to say I have a family member who resides in up-state Kansas (Lansing). He was a first time offender for conspiracy to manufacture and pled down to 7yrs. Let me just say that I’m glad for every day that he is there, because it is one more day that he is not out killing himself or hurting another. I am glad that at least something is being done to clean up Wellington. Doesn’t the saying go Rome wasn’t built in a day? Report Reply 0 replies · active 360 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 360 weeks ago The only way to clean up Wellington is to get rid of the drug dealers…for good…so put them in prison…for at least 10 yrs…and let them think about the lives they are endangering on the sober side… Report Reply 0 replies · active 360 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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