After a year of fasting, Tech took a bite out of its biggest Food Day yet last Wednesday, October 14. Food Day, on a national level, is focused on local, sustainable foods.
“We shifted it and added the international organizations,” Klay Rutherford, senior English major from Maumelle and president of the anthropology club, said. “This year, we thought if we’re going with this angle, we need to get all the international organizations involved, and all the organizations with food involved.”
The focus on food generated participation from ten organizations, including newly organized SETA, or Students for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. At the bell tower, Tech’s SETA chapter was able to educate the campus about some of the basic principles of veganism.
“That’s our main thing; we want to raise awareness and we want people to know about more plant based options,” said Whitney Gifford, senior psychology major from Blytheville and secretary of SETA.
Alongside SETA, the African American Student Association (AASA) and Hispanic Student Association (HSA) participated in Food Day for the first time in either of their organizations’ histories.
“The growth of the event has been a really exciting thing to me as a professor,” said Rebecca Weiwel, assistant professor of anthropology. “And I think it was a really important thing to include a variety of organizations that all have something to do with anthropology. Whether they know it or not, all of them are kind of designed to broaden our perspectives on the variety of lifestyles out there.”