Thankful for giving

By Amber Sandlin
Sun Star Reporter

Every year after Halloween, we become bombarded with festivities. Suddenly, supermarkets turn into giant holiday infomercials. The scenes change from black and orange to every fall color one could think of and the stores smell like home. Apple pie, cinnamon, cakes, and warm colors are everywhere. It’s something that brings joy and excitement to the winter. Instead of focusing on finals and deadlines, we start to focus on family and being thankful, giving to others and spreading love.

While many students at UAF travel home for Thanksgiving, the ones who stay have a few opportunities to gather a group of friends together and volunteer. The Food Bank, the Stone Soup Café, Red Cross, and elderly homes all provide a chance to help the less fortunate. The Food Bank provides a special box packed with all the makings of a Thanksgiving dinner to any family in need of one.

UAF will also provide a complete Thanksgiving dinner, with baked potatoes, turkey, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, pecan pie, pumpkin pie and a “magical secret desert” that the chiefs won’t reveal until meal time. This dinner will held on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

“When you work in the kitchen, you forgo holidays,” said Executive chef Natalie Janicka while standing in a busy kitchen. “It’s nice for students who are stuck here for the holidays to have someone here for them, cooking.” If students have a special request for dessert or dinner that evening, Janicka said that notes and recipes could be left with the cashier or at the grill with the chefs.

Sous-chef Corey Burton joked about setting turkeys free in the commons.

“That would be awesome, I’d come down to the Tilly just for that!” said Ian Larsen, a junior English major. Larsen’s father is a chef and makes his Thanksgiving dinner from scratch. “Quite a bit of our family comes up – it’s not as big as Christmas, but it’s important,” he said. Sitting with fellow classmates in the Lola Tilly Commons, Larsen said that his favorite Thanksgiving food would have to be pumpkin pie. Kyle Skonberg, a freshman psychology major, said that 20 people cram into his house and he normally has to “sit on the floor because there are not enough chairs.” If a turkey were released in the commons, Skonberg said he would take it to his dorm room.

10 crazy facts about turkeys

1.      Turkeys can have heart attacks and can drown if they look up when it’s raining.

2.      Turkeys can run up to 20 miles per hour with short flight bursts up to 55 miles per hour.

3.      Male turkeys gobble while female turkeys make a clicking sound.

4.      Turkeys have full color vision.

5.      Wild turkeys inhabit every state but Alaska and Hawaii.

6.      The ballroom dance called “the turkey trot” was named after the movements of a turkey.

7.      Benjamin Franklin wanted the wild turkey to be the national bird of the United States instead of the bald eagle (Instead, we eat them)

8.      Big Bird’s costume is made of 4,000 white turkey feathers.

9.      Wild turkeys can fly, and they spend their nights in the low branches of trees.

10.   A wild turkey’s field of vision is about 270 degrees.

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