Multicultural Greek Council Teaches Students to Make Sushi

April 30, 2010 by · Comments Off 

SMU sophomores Karen Rico and Alberto Bruno make sushi at the Muticultural Greek Council\\\'s sushi-making class in the Varsity at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center on Thursday, April 29. (PHOTO BY KATIE SIMON/ SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

SMU sophomores Karen Rico and Alberto Bruno make sushi at the Muticultural Greek Council\\\'s sushi-making class in the Varsity at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center on Thursday, April 29. (PHOTO BY KATIE SIMON/ SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

By Katie Simon
katies@smu.edu

Something smelled fishy inside the Varsity in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center on Thursday night. And it was, in fact, raw fish.

SMU’s Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) held a sushi-making class as part of a series of events held by CelebrASIAN: Asian American Heritage Month celebration.

Members of both the Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority and the Omega Delta Phi fraternity teamed up with SMU’s Asian Council to put on the event with sushi ingredients provided by Mr. Sushi restaurant in North Dallas.

“Multicultural Greek Council likes to be involved with cultural activities—it’s one of our pillars,” said Jasmine Khaleel, an SMU junior and member of the Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority.

Khaleel said that their involvement with the sushi-making night was a contribution to the Asian Council.

The event was one of several social activities that the MGC puts on every semester, explained junior Ricardo Tovar, a member of the Omega Delta Phi fraternity.

“All of the greeks and non-greeks come out and just have a great time with us,” Tovar said.

While many of the students who showed up planned to celebrate Asian Heritage month, others were more interested in the free food.

“I’ve never tried sushi before,” Sigma Lambda Gamma freshman Ruby Sanchez said. “I figure this would be a good experience.”

The night began with live entertainment hosted by a Japanese drum band concert outside of Hughes-Trigg. Hungry students then made their way downstairs to find a completely transformed Varsity.

Tables were lined up with plates of cucumber, avocado, and seaweed. Pounds of raw tuna and lump crabmeat sat in tubs at the center of every table. A chef stood at each row of tables, sifting through the fish and preparing row after row of carefully handcrafted spicy tuna rolls.

Once the crowd of students had gathered in the Varsity, SMU senior and catering assistant Nick Reynolds carefully explained, step-by-step, the process of making the perfect California roll.

Each student was provided nori (roasted seaweed), a ball of rice, avocado slices, cucumber slivers, a lump of crabmeat, and a wooden roll-up mat to shape the sushi rolls.

Reynolds, who works at Mr. Sushi, explained that they were only making the sushi-making process seem easy.

“It is actually surprisingly easy to break sushi, especially the harder stuff,” he said. “It’s not just the one roll. When you do it, you do it over and over again and you have to make it perfect.”

While the perfect California roll may not have been achieved, the night ended with soy sauce spilled across the tables, sticky rice scattered across the floor, and new knowledge on how to make a sushi dinner for a group of closest friends who don’t judge the appearance of a roll.

Multicultural Greek Council Showcases Talent

September 14, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

By Diana Nolacea
dnolacea@smu.edu

The Multicultural Greek Councils gathered to represent their fraternities and sororities to perspective members Thursday Sept. 10 in the Hughes-Trigg Theatre. Over one hundred students gathered at the event that takes place each new academic semester by MGC to display each of the sororities and fraternities that make up the council.

“MGC was a resounding success,” said President Kristian Hernandez of the MGC. “I feel as though all the chapters presented to the core what it means to be a MGC Greek member.”

Prospective members were able to meet actives and alumni from each of the organizations to hear what each member has to offer. The organizations focus on community service, leadership, social life, academics and culture awareness.

A total of five organizations, three sororities, and two fraternities make up the active body of MGC.
Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority and Kappa Delta Chi, Sorority Inc. have predominantly Latina members, but are also open to recruiting women of all cultural backgrounds. Sigma Phi Omega is another sorority under MGC.

Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc. has members from various parts of the world. In 2008, the brothers of Omega Delta Phi won the ‘Most Diverse’ Award at the Annual Paideia Greek Awards that take place in the spring.

In the spring semester Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity became the most recent addition to MGC.

“We have big plans for this semester and the upcoming year,” said Alan Rivera, president of Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity.

Surrounding universities Show up to support

Greek chapters from the University of Texas Dallas as well as from Arlington and Austin came to support their Greek brothers and sisters. And from Denton, Greeks came to support from the University of North Texas.

Misconceptions are often made about being in the multicultural greek life. Being white, black, or any other ethnicity should not discourage anyone from looking into MGC. The council is interested in bringing students with different background, perspectives and points of views to MGC Greek life at SMU.

What makes MGC different

Each chapter is smaller than twenty actives. Members who join MGC get to know everyone in their organization. Councils like Pan-Hellenic and Interfraternity Council have organizations with membership of over one hundred student’s students.

Students’ part of MGC have expressed that because they are small in numbers there is more of a ‘family feel’ to being part of an organization.

“These girls are going to be my bridesmaids when I get married,” said Maillil Acosta, vice-president of Kappa Delta Chi.

She joined KD Chi her second semester at SMU and is now a third year. Acosta has formed close bonds with her sorority sisters.

The showcase ended with each organization strolling. Strolling is a unique type of synchronized dance routine that represents the organization. The crowd cheered as the chapters individually strolled to a popular hip-hop song or remix of music hits.

Interested in Going Greek with MGC

The second event that MGC will be hosting is a community service day at White Rock Lake in Dallas on Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students are to meet in the Hughes-Trigg commons 30 minutes before the event. For more information contact MGC president, Kristian Hernandez at khernandez@smu.edu or Josh Schutts, coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life at SMU at jschutts@smu.edu.