The Political Science Department at Mac has a fabulous tradition of throwing a Thanksgiving potluck for its students before break every year. It has been going on for the past 17 years. Soon the tradition will be as old as the students at Mac! Students come from pretty much everywhere so some of us don't make it home for Thanksgiving but it is nice to call the Poli Sci department home for an afternoon.
Professors and students bring every kind of Thanksgiving food! Professor Patrick Schmidt brings themed cranberry sauces every year. My sophomore year he brought six different types, all themed for America's citizens. This year he brought four types of sauce themed for the four levels of professorship. The hot new Assistant Professor (with Serrano chilies), the Associate Professor, the Full Professor (I'm pretty sure this one had a lot of vodka in it), and the Professor Emeritus. Each was unique, funny, and definitely poking fun at professors.
Roxy, the department coordinator, brought a delicious turkey, stuffing and green beans! Professor Julie Dolan, brought squash and other professors and students brought wild rice (a Minnesota favorite), mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie, and pumpkin bars.
Is your mouth watering yet? I know I'm mostly bragging but this is just one fantastic and quirky thing that happens at Mac. Departments make up excuses and throw potlucks to hang out with their majors and minors. Today the Economics department is serving cider and pumpkin treats (but really Poli Sci takes the cake for being awesome and giving us a full lunch). Yesterday, I ate pumpkin pie, chatted with my friends and professors, and got a free lunch (pretty much a successful afternoon in the eyes on any student).