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Western students roll up some sushi

By Marilu Estrada | Freelancer
On May 10, 2012

Thrilling, intense, weird and enjoyable. These were the words used by several students who attended Sushi Day, May 3.  For some students, it was their first time ever trying sushi.  

Sushi Day was put on by Student Leadership and Activities  and Western's International Club.

"This program is a part of the How To series. Sushi is something we do not have here on campus, which is why we made it part of the series. This is a good way to keep students engaged, where students can have a say, they can participate hands on and be involved, which is the goal of Student Leadership and Activities," said Stephen Cucchirra, Coordinator for Student Organizations on campus.

The event was open to all students, with 20 reserved spots that students had to sign up for prior to event. The reserved spots ensured students a station for making sushi, with the help of In Good Taste cooking school and Miyama Sushi Company.

"I am a thrill seeker, I am definitely excited to try new things. This was my first experience ever with sushi. There were a lot of people who did not know they had to sign up for the event, so they just watched the other students make it. I would say this experience was intense. I learned several new cutting techniques that I can use and add to my cooking repertoire at home," said Evelyn Garcia, a sophomore studying psychology.

Both the In Good Taste Cooking School and Miyama Sushi helped make the workshop possible at Western by educating students on the art of making sushi. The owner of Miyama is currently relocating the restaurant across from the previous location and should be up and running soon in Monmouth.  

Anthony Medina, a sophomore at Western, stated his true feelings about sushi: "Sushi Day was a little weird for me because I like all the ingredients that go into sushi, but I do not really like eating them all rolled up in rice. I also feel kind of awkward eating raw fish. Making sushi is definitely an art though. It is really interesting all the different names for sushi. The Dragon Roll was interesting, and once you add avocado to it, the name of the roll changes. I think this event should happen more on campus. It is a good experience and also provides cultural education, food preparation education and the manner in which it was taught was unique."  

Several students that attended this even said they would like to see it happen again. When freshman Meghan Field was asked what advice she would give students who would like to attend this event in the future, she was adamant in her response.

"It was very sticky, but enjoyable. The outcome was delicious, if you ever make sushi, make sure your hands are wet because the rice will stick," said Fields. The event was well attended with all 20 spots filled and many attending afterword for free tasting.

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