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ISO Celebrates Culture with Taste of the World

Rachel Hammond, Staff Writer

For many students, international travel is not an option. However, the International Student Organization (ISO) brought culture to campus with Taste of the World on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The event took place in the Residential Plaza from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Students gathered to try food and activities that represented countries from Denmark to India in conjunction with International Education Week.

One of the tables featured crackers with Vegemite from Australia. Vegemite is a spread made of yeast and different spices. It is somewhat known for being unpalatable to Americans. 

George Scotlander trying mochi. Photo by Rachel Hammond.

“It tastes like soy sauce,” one student remarked after trying some. “It literally tastes like there’s blood in my mouth,” another described the taste. Luckily, the table also had chocolate cookies called Tim Tams to wash the taste out.

Another table featured Vietnamese spring rolls and games. Sabrina Bui made the spring rolls while wearing a traditional Áo dài. On the ground, students competed against each other in a “chopstick challenge” by attempting to transport more beans using chopsticks than the other.

Sabrina Bui making spring rolls at the Vietnam table. Photo by Rachel Hammond.

Students were wowed at the South Korea table as students danced in sync to K-Pop songs. Additionally, students were encouraged to try their hand at writing Hangul, the Korean alphabet. Using brushes and ink, students set to work writing simple phrases such as “Hello” and “Goodbye.”

At the Egyptian table, volunteers passed out samples of basbousa, a crumbly bread sweetened with simple syrup. Several students went back for seconds once they had made their rounds.

Volunteers at the Danish table had samples of rice pudding and cherry compote. Next door, the Italian table had an assortment of chips of different flavors, as well as flavored chocolate.

The Japan station featured mochi stuffed with red bean paste and seaweed. The mochi was a big hit at the table. “It’s so soft and weird but it’s really good,” a student said after trying some. There were also cups of mango soda to accompany the food.

Charlie Conger, sophomore, trying Basbousa
Charlie Conger, sophomore, trying Basbousa. Photo by Rachel Hammond.

After they browsed and had their fill of international food, students were encouraged to try the Fire Extinguisher Challenge. “Fire is international,” was the slogan employed by the men in charge of the challenge.

Students picked up a mock fire extinguisher and attempted to quell simulated flames as quickly as possible. After, students recorded their time on a big sheet of paper. The fastest time was 3.9 seconds, while other students took so long the system stopped counting.

Taste of the World is just one of many events that ISO holds throughout the school year. The International Student Organization provides an opportunity for international and American students to socialize on the Armstrong campus and promotes an interest and awareness of the diverse cultures on campus. For future events, contact ISO_Armstrong@georgiasouthern.edu.


A New Kind Of Fandom

Rebecca Munday, Staff Writer

Students gathered in Solms Hall on March 27 to have some fun at Korean Game Night, which was put on by the K-Pop Group on campus. The event was held as part of the International Student Organization’s (ISO) Hallyu Fest to celebrate Korean Culture.

K-Pop is the only genre of music whose songs can be identified by the choreography in the music videos.

One of the games played at the event was “Guess the Choreography” where the video showed an animated silhouette dancing out the choreography of a song and the players had to guess the song without hearing the artist’s name, title, any of the lyrics or any of the music.

It may seem impossible that the songs could only be identified by the choreography alone but some of the students started shouting out the songs in less than ten seconds.

Another game they played asked them to guess the title of the song and artist who sang it after hearing only ten seconds of the song.

The students broke into the teams “Team This Side” and “Team That Side.”

The teams were supposed to take turns guessing the song title and artist but arguments quickly broke out between the teams. Later on, they discovered only a small percentage of people in the room knew all the songs they were guessing and the teams started out with an uneven number of players. So two people moved from Team This Side to Team That Side.

During one of Team That Side’s turns, they were trying to figure out which song was playing. While they were still deliberating, Binh Hoang, who was on the other team, practically jumped out of his chair, waving his hand and said, “Can we steal it? I can do the dance too!”

So neither team got the points.

Most of the lyrics showcased in the songs were hard to follow because the singer(s) sang so fast. It seemed like the kind of music that would require listeners to listen to the songs over and over to understand all of the lyrics.

However, even when one does not appreciate or understand all the lyrics, the beat and choreography in the music videos were intriguing to the students.

By the end of the night, especially after the previously mentioned game, it seemed clear that K-Pop fans create a whole new meaning for the word “fandom.”

If you’re interested in participating in Hallyu Fest, go to their next event on April 11 called Korean 1101 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m in Solms Hall 110, where you’ll learn how to write and speak Korean.