Social Life Heats Up in New Student Kitchens

Social Life Heats Up in New Student Kitchens 1

Nathaniel Brooks for The Chronicle

Jate'e Kearsley (in chef hat) and fellow students serve up pancakes and bacon at a charity dinner in the kitchen of O'Connor Hall, at the State U. of New York's College of Technology at Delhi.

Once a week, Jate'e Kearsley, a senior at the State University of New York's College of Technology at Delhi, can be found bustling about the community kitchen in O'Connor Hall, testing new recipes and perfecting old ones. Ms. Kearsely, a resident assistant and culinary-arts-management major, sees the full-size kitchen, which opened this academic year, as a place for students to come together. One friend taught her how to make baklava, she says, and another, from Japan, gave a sushi