Gumbo Ya-Ya was held Wednesday, October 4, 2017, an event that has become a Southeastern tradition during homecoming week for over 20 years.
Speaking to Gabrielle Levet, the Events Manager for the Camps Activities Board, she explained the history behind the event. “Gumbo Ya-Ya is a traditional event held every fall during homecoming week. CAB sponsors the event where over 3,000 students enjoy gumbo, bread, soft drinks, cupcakes, and activities in the Student Union Park,” said Levet.
Walking around campus, it was easy to see the number of students enjoying the event. What should one expect when attending Gumbo Ya-Ya? Levet described the many fun events that took place, “Stuff-A-Lion, music, games, free Southeastern giveaways and spirit squad performances are all included in the fun.” Along with all of the games, activities, and food, Levet explained that Southeastern’s goal for this event is to “promote Southeastern pride, create retention, and bring the student body together.” Alana Mayer, a junior here at Southeastern, spoke of the years she’s gone to this event, “I’ve been going since my freshman year,” she stated, “It seems to be getting more and more students involved each year.”
One of the main ways this event promotes inclusion is by the number of groups involved. Campus Activities Board, Delta Tau Delta, Gamma Beta Phi, University Housing, Phi Mu, Student Support Services, Athletics, Alpha Phi Alpha, Student Advocacy and Accounting, Pre-Law Students Association, Student Publications, SOAR, Alpha Sigma Tau, Student Government, Alpha Omicron Pi, KSLU are among the many involved in helping with Gumbo Ya Ya.
The inclusion of many different types of groups and the tradition firmly established made and continues to make Gumbo Ya- Ya a special event on our campus.
Freshman Brooke Tauzier spoke about the fun event stating, “this is my first time coming, but it won’t be my last.”