One of the many “welcome back to school” events was the first Black Student Union (BSU) event of the school year. “Taste of Soul” brought students together over a delicious meal and fun activities in Birmingham Plaza on the PLNU campus.
Held on September 7 between the Fermanian Business Center and the Fermanian School of Business, the Taste of Soul BBQ gave off a positive aura that could be felt all the way from the Greek Amphitheatre. The Birmingham Plaza overlooks the ocean and, conveniently enough, the BBQ began at 6 p.m., just in time for the sunset. With a turnout of about 40 Point Loma students, and a few faculty members, the atmosphere was extremely welcoming and uplifting.
Everyone was encouraged to indulge in the delicious food that the BSU graciously offered at no expense. The buffet-style dinner included pulled pork, fried chicken, collard greens, mac and cheese and mashed potatoes. Refreshments included lemonade and, wait for it…water. Each table was garnished with a variety of candy in order to keep the energy levels prosperous throughout the night.
Raffle tickets were handed out at the beginning of the evening to anyone who attended the BBQ and the winners received Chick-Fil-A gift cards. Upbeat music filled the air throughout the event as new friendships were formed and previous relationships were rekindled.
After dinner, each table was given a short quiz with questions that pertained to black history. This trivia required knowledge of Beyoncé’s birthday and Barack Obama’s college education. These papers were quickly run up to the front with a competitive drive by finishing teams desperate for four-piece chicken strips and the majestic Chick-Fil-A sauce.
Everybody was then asked to engage in a friendly game of musical chairs. No matter how juvenile this game may seem, the members of BSU definitely know how to make it a fun and memorable experience. The irresistible music made the players dance and the onlookers smile. The top five winners were rewarded with water guns which resulted in a friendly, but serious, water fight.
As the sun disappeared from sight, BSU wrapped up the night with some dancing and plugs for their next events. BSU will be hosting a game night September 21 at 6 p.m. in the Commuter Lounge and “Unspoken” (a spoken word event) October 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the ARC.
For questions regarding these events, contact BSU@pointloma.edu for more information.