Spanish club bonds while cooking and eating Mayan chocolate

By Renee DiPietro
October 18, 2001

Coffee, sugar and caffeine are good mates to help keep the night rolling on and the eyelids open and alert. Yet the list would to be more complete and more authentic by adding a drink from ancient history. Student who attended the first event hosted by the Spanish culture house and Phi Sigma Iota, the foreign language society, tasted history in the New Residence Hall on Friday, Sept. 12.

The activity centered on an ingredient, the first of its kind when created. It was created and produced by the intelligent civilization who also created the numeral zero and the calendar according to astrology.

In another words, the activity was centered on Mayan chocolate.

Dr. Cynthia Halpern, department chair of the romance languages, and senior Jacki Armes, Spanish and business major and activity coordinator for the Spanish interest housing, supervised the activity. The Mayan chocolate was served and consumed with galletas, which are Spanish cookies. The attendants spoke in Spanish and relaxed in the lounge for an hour.

The Mayan chocolate activity is the first of many activities to attend for Spanish culture learning. Future events will involve a Spanish dinner with the students who traveled to Spain last summer on the Cadiz study abroad program and a trip to the Kennett square food bank. The food bank has a high level of Mexican migrant workers who only speak Spanish.

Dates have not been set for future activities but Jacki Armes can be reach at 610-293-5109 to answer any questions.

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