Over Christmas break, I and seven other members of the OU Chess Club represented the University of Oklahoma at the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship in New Orleans. From the title of the event, I had expected teams from a variety of countries. Therefore, I was surprised by the lack of international teams; the only one I know of represented Toronto, Canada. My team did not play against any teams from outside the United States. There were, however, several international students of whom I knew, including the team captain of our better team and now recently graduated president of the OU Chess club, Florian Helff. As this was my first time in New Orleans, I found time to sample some of the local cuisine. Specifically, I tried beignets at a branch location of the renowned Café du Monde. As you might expect from the spelling, the delicious pastries, buried under a layer of powdered sugar, have a French ancestry. Whatever your adventures this winter vacation, have a Happy New Year, and remember that the OU chess club is always willing to accept new members.