I had the pleasure of working with Amaru Ona on this exciting assignment. After much deliberation, we decided to conduct our study on “the quality of dining facilities on Queens College campus.” We determined that Amaru would be the Dr. Researcher and I would fill the role as Senora Participant. That is where our journey began.
As we left Kiely Hall and headed towards the “Dairy Stop”( located in the cafeteria) , I decided that I was going to inform Amaru about the “kosher caf.” So I began to answer his questions through photography.
To some this may seem just like another ordinary lunch hall, but to others this is the only place they can order food. By definition, Kosher is conforming to dietary laws that fulfill the requirements that Jewish people follow. A Mashgiach, or overseer, remains in the area to make sure the food remains under strict supervision and the kitchen remains “Kosher”.
As we sat down at one of the circular red tables, Amaru began to ask me several questions regarding Kashrut, to gain a deeper understanding of how this cafeteria differs from the others. I slowly realized that he was very interested on the topic and didn’t have previous knowledge of it ( like many others on campus). And so I began to answer his questions through photography
A few of his questions included:
Where do you eat on campus?
WHY do you eat there?
Do you think it is a good idea to get commercial restaurants in the cafeterias?
In this photo, a fellow student and part time employee, took a moment out of her busy routine to strike a pose in front of the Dunkin Donut’s sign.
I believe that by adding more commercial food chains to Queens College, it would positively improve the student’s outlook on typical school food. In the past years, Starbucks had a monopoly on the Queens College campus, but after conducting many surveys, it was became a unanimous vote that Dunkin Donuts was much preferred.
Although I was more familiar with the customs and restrictions, I found it very exciting to open another individuals eyes to something new. I thoroughly enjoyed sharing a piece of my religion and traditions with Amaru. I hope I helped him understand a small piece of the dietary laws that go into keeping Kosher.