On Monday, October 26, 2015, Michigan Tech’s Multiliteracies Center (MTMC) held a pumpkin party alongside their neighboring center, the International Graduate Student Communication and Culture Center (IGSC3)! This pumpkin party included the attendance of coaches and students from both centers, many international students carving pumpkins for the first time, snacks, refreshments, and an overall cheerful time! Over 50 individuals came, and there was no one who felt as though the time they had was humdrum. Students and coaches dug their hands into the pumpkin’s core, unleashing the mush that made up the center. Guts oozed onto the newspaper covering the tables, and hands darted to save the seeds from the mush. Conversation never lulled, and even the MTMC’s director attended with his family! There was laughter all around, and if a student questioned if they could do something for the pumpkin carving, positive feedback was always given. Bonds were formed between coaches of both centers, aiding in the comradery that is hoped to be better established between both centers, and students were able to enjoy themselves celebrate an American tradition in a non-stressful situation, among many people who were glad to be there and celebrate with them! After all the pumpkins were carved, they were auctioned off to students, and none of the students who left with one was disappointed at their prize! Due to the success of this get-together this year, it seems highly probable that this day will soon become a tradition, with both students and coaches being able to catch a break away from all of their tedious school-work.
- Larissa Grundmanis, 11/2/2015