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The Many Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving Tradition at LMU


Thanksgiving 09Though there aren’t any classes from Nov. 25 to 27, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Loyola Marymount University’s campus won’t be empty. Home-cooked meals with friends, community service projects and first-time Thanksgiving celebrations will have the university bustling with activity for students who stay on-campus for the holiday break.

Some students have been preparing for the turkey feast since the beginning of November by competing in the “Try”-Athlon, a full Ironman competition spread over 20 days. The program, sponsored by the Burns Recreation Center, challenges students to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles by Nov. 24.

“As winter approaches, the shorter days permit less time to exercise, and people often spend any free moments consuming comfort foods during holiday meals,” said Jacklyn DiBiase, a junior communications major and four-time “Try”-Athlon participant. “Staying fit not only keeps you healthy, but makes you feel good about yourself. It’s a great stress reliever, too.”

For other students, this may be their introduction to the unique American holiday and the traditional Thanksgiving meal. The Office for International Students and Scholars annually hosts a dinner for more than 100 students, scholars and friends of OISS. Denisse Contreras, a sophomore business major who grew up in Honduras, said she didn’t have much of a connection to the holiday other than taking advantage of the Black Friday sales. But, she said she was surprised by how much she enjoyed a traditional American meal.

“There is this whole idea that American food is not good and anything that is fast-food or fried is American,” Contreras said. “But the OISS dinner was so delicious. Plus, it was nice to just enjoy a home-cooked meal while visiting with old friends.” 

A traditional Thanksgiving dinner also will be offered in Iggy’s Diner to all students who will be on campus on Thanksgiving Day. The dinner, co-sponsored by Sodexho and the Student Housing Office, will be served to all students regardless of whether it’s their first Thanksgiving dinner or not, and whether or not they’re counting calories.

Other scheduled activities include:

Monday, Nov. 23
Intramural 3 x 3 Basketball Tournament
5 – 11 p.m., Burns Recreation Center

Tuesday, Nov. 24
Intramural 3 x 3 Basketball Tournament
5 – 11 p.m., Burns Recreation Center

Thursday, Nov. 26
Thanksgiving dinner
3 – 6 p.m., Iggy’s Diner (The Corner Pocket game room will be opened.)

Friday, Nov. 27
Women's Basketball: Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Westside Thanksgiving Classic
LMU vs. St. Louis
1 p.m., Gersten Pavilion           

Saturday, Nov. 28
Women's Basketball: Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles
 Westside Thanksgiving Classic
Consolation game at 1 p.m., Gersten Pavilion
Championship game at 3 p.m., Gersten Pavilion

Men's Basketball: LMU vs. UC Santa Barbara
7:30 p.m., Gersten Pavilion

Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities

*Sunday, Nov. 22 – People In Progress and New Elements Thanksgiving Day Festival, noon – 3 p.m.
Volunteers help prepare meals for more than 2,000 people.
Location:  810 S. Beacon Street, Los Angeles
Contact: Sonya Perry at 213.384.6689

*Monday – Wednesday, Nov. 23 – 25 – Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, 8:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Volunteers help with the food packaging program, which provides food for needy families.
 Location:  1734 E. 41st Street, Los Angeles
Contact: Volunteer Department at 323.234.3030 ext. 144 or 156