The Super Spicy Ramen Challenge (Extreme)

By: Meghan Moynihan

Student heats up water for the ramen challenge. (Photo by: Meghan Moynihan)

The Multicultural Center (MCC) was filled to capacity Tuesday evening with hungry college students, all craving the extreme levels of spice that are difficult to find around campus.


Can all of the participants handle the heat?


The super spicy ramen challenge, sponsored by the Humans of Asian and Polynesian Ancestry (HAPA), is becoming somewhat of a tradition. The organization invited anyone interested to taste test some Korean ramen, labeled "extra hot times two."


Over thirty-five people signed up for the battle, way more than initially anticipated. Some students were so prepared they even brought their milk cartons and crackers with them.

Student comes to the challenge prepared for the spice. (Photo by: Meghan Moynihan)

HAPA is a relatively new club on campus, yet they are making themselves known. They meet on Mondays in the MCC from 9:00-10:00. At their meetings, discussions center around history, culture, and activities.


"It represents all Asians," senior Carolyn Spillane says. "On this campus, there are not a lot of people who are Asian; it's really nice to come together and just talk."


The group has also begun holding film festivals on Fridays. Last week, they screened the award-winning academy film, "Parasite."

(Photo by: Meghan Moynihan)

As the ramen continued to be devoured, eyes watered, and faces turned red. Overall, participants reacted well, calling the ramen "tasty" and "a nice treat."


The challenge is a new tradition that is well appreciated and, I think many would agree, needs to continue.

Students enjoy ramen. (Photos by: Meghan Moynihan)

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