A little wet weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of students, staff and faculty enjoying the Campus Community Barbecue, said organizer Mary-Ann Rennie. Revellers filled tents on the lawn between Chrysler and Dillon halls, sharing food and fellowship despite rain Thursday morning.
“The sun has broken through the clouds and we have a wonderful turnout,” Rennie said. “It has gone just swimmingly.”
Fourth-year chemistry major Jamal Mohamud said the annual tradition ranks as one of his favourite events.
“It’s one of the few times in the year you can see almost every student on campus,” he said. “Who doesn’t like free food?”
Dean of the library Gwen Ebbett was among the celebrities serving up sausages, potato chips and drinks. She said she enjoys the event, too.
“I just love the interaction with the students,” Ebbett said. “They are very appreciative of the lunch and it’s nice to let them know we appreciate them, too.”
One student who expressed her appreciation was Jordynne Ropat, a third student in the behaviour, cognition and neuroscience program. She was one of the patrons of Ebbett’s vegetarian option.
“It’s nice to have a whole tent serving vegetarians, and every year I look forward to this,” she said. “I am always happy to see the University acknowledge that it’s important to accommodate everyone.”
Catering manager Dean Kissner called the barbecue a “morale-booster.”
“It’s a great event that gives a chance for the students to meet some of the senior administrators in a social setting,” he said. “I think both sides benefit from that.”
A banner day: OPUS staffers Steve Jancev and Maryan Amalow welcome part-time students to the organization’s 10th annual barbecue welcoming part-time students to classes, Tuesday, September 18. The event included the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the organization’s founder Josie Latessa-Ianetta, who died February 14.