Each year, the Black Student Union (BSU) throws a semi-formal dance during the fall semester and accepts non-perishable food items as admission to the dance. This year, they will be collaborating with the Latino Student Alliance (LSA).
“We decided to collaborate because we’re trying to get student organizations to work together, starting with our own,” said Maira Avila, president of LSA.
Nigel Golden, the president of BSU, holds similar beliefs.
“Maria and I are already good friends. It only makes sense to bring our two organizations together to collaborate and try to bring ethnic groups together,” Golden said.
Although the collaboration is new, the main objective that remains set in stone is to raise support for those who are in need. This year they will be supporting The Cupboard.
“The canned goods are a way to show that giving can be fun and does not require a lot of work,” Avila said.
Giving a canned good or non-perishable food item is not mandatory but is strongly recommended.
Golden mentioned how most of us know what it feels like to run low on meals or be short on cash, and this is a way to support The Cupboard and be a helping hand to students in need.
However, giving to The Cupboard was a very conscious decision for both BSU and LSA.
“What came to mind automatically was the two food banks that are right in our vicinity: The Cupboard through the university and the local Salvation Army. We voted on which one we were going to donate to,” Golden said.
They chose The Cupboard because they are giving back to the university and can relate better to it.
“Many of us as college students have been there where we couldn’t afford food or ran out of meals. So we’re giving to The Cupboard where they’ll give back to our peers who may be in a situation where they are in need of a little food,” Avila said.
On top of giving, there will be a lot of dancing going on.
Avila and Golden both say it will be a fun and memorable night. They encourage everyone to come out, dance and bring a friend.
It is a black and white, semi-formal dance, so remember to wear those colors, bring a non-perishable food item and feel free to dance as much as you want.
The dance will be Thursday November 8th in the Alumni room. It starts at 7 p.m. and will go until 11 p.m. Start your weekend early and help BSU and LSA bring Thanksgiving to The Cupboard a little early this year.