F.U.S.I.O.N. tests students' appetites for exotic and unusual foods


It was an atmosphere of pure adrenaline, commotion and fun at “Fear Factor VII: FUSION’S Inferno” hosted by F.U.S.I.O.N. and the Undergraduate Student Government on Nov. 6 in the Multipurpose Room. Members from various Baruch College clubs competed against one another in a contest that consisted of eating unusual food items, ranging from exotic animals to insects.

The inspiration behind this year’s event was the video game series Mortal Kombat.

The contest started off with 10 competing teams. Each team was assigned a judge and consisted of four participating members.

To be declared a winner, a team member had to empty the dish and swallow the food assigned in that round.

The first round started off with a “blood pudding” made up of stewed pork cooked in pork blood. Alpha Phi Omega finished this round first, followed by a member from the United Chinese Language Association team. Kunal Saini, a finance major and junior, who participated in the first round, shared his experience.

“I actually loved it. I would definitely eat it again,” Saini said.

Saini said he joined the competition because “the members at FUSION asked me if I would be interested in participating since they needed a team member and I stepped up to the opportunity.” He continued, “I am so glad I did because that was a lot of fun.”

Saini was not the only one who enjoyed the first round. Sophomore Sean Lau, a F.U.S.I.O.N. member, also spoke highly of the first item. “It was really delicious. That’s why it was for the first round I guess, but I loved it,” Lau said.

Each consecutive round became a little more difficult for the competitors.

The second round consisted of team members eating stinky tofu. This time again, APO won the round and F.U.S.I.O.N.’s efforts were declared incomplete because their team member could not finish the plate. Lau, who participated in the second round and had to eat the tofu said, “I liked the stinky tofu too. It must have been the good quality tofu because I enjoyed it.”

Before the contest proceeded to its third round, there was a surprise performance by F.U.S.I.O.N.’s modern dance team CONFUSION. The dance team performed a sequence of synchronized dances to famous pop songs that got the audience dancing and energized.

After the performance, the event resumed for its third round, during which the team members had to eat a bird’s embryo.

The winner of the third round was unclear as multiple teams finished the delicacy around the same time.

During the entirety of the event, the crowds continued to cheer from the side.

The team spirit was evident throughout the event as club members from the audience encouraged their peers to beat the other competing teams and win the contest.

The fourth round consisted of the teams eating bitter melon. Like its name suggests, this food item was extremely bitter and proved difficult for many members to finish.

The fifth and final round required club members to eat silkworms. The silkworms were neither appealing in appearance nor taste, and in comparison to the other dishes, the silkworm was the one that faced the most aversion. The teams that made it to this round were UCLA, APO and the Vietnamese Student Association.

The APO team member succeeded in finishing the silkworm before the other teams and won the final around.

The entire team was declared the winner of “Fear Factor VII: FUSION’S Inferno.”

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