National Hispanic Heritage Month at Salisbury University

By Jackie Bonola

Staff Writer

September 15-October 15 is when National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated. This past week there were many events at Salisbury University that celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month.

On Monday, Sept. 18, there was a Bachata dance class in Holloway Hall. After the dance there was a screening of the PBS film Mariachi High, a film that focused on the Mariachi group from Zapata High School.

On Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Commons, they were serving a traditional Hispanic dinner and also Humberto Guzman y su Mariachi Los Mensajeros Del Sur were playing at the dinner. Later that night, at the Holloway Hall auditorium, there was a concert featuring the Villalobos Brothers from Veracruz.

If you missed these events and would like to continue to learn about the Hispanic Culture there is a club at SU called OLAS, short for Organization of Latin American Students. This group is not just for Latin American students, but for anyone interested in learning about the culture.

For more club information contact Leticia Ortega, leortega@salisbury.edu.

There are many students on campus that are of Hispanic decent and they have some thoughts on why they think National Hispanic Heritage Month is important.

“Well it shows diversity and it teaches others about the Hispanic culture,” Jasmin Caballero, accounting major at Salisbury University, sophomore said. “They get to learn about the traditions and food and learn about their past and their struggle, and it shows that not everyone is Mexican because for some reason a lot of people assume everyone’s Mexican for some reason.”

“Hispanic Heritage Month is important to me because it gives the Hispanic community visibility in society,” Kimberly Arriaga, biology major at Salisbury University, sophomore said. “Spaces where cultural identity are celebrated are important for young hispanics forming their identity.”

There is one more event happening at Salisbury University celebrating Hispanic heritage month. On October 2, 2017, the last Bachata Dance class at Holloway Hall, Lawn will take place at 5:00 p.m.

Instructors Margot and Wayne Faircloth will give an hour long dance class on the basic steps of Bachata, a dance from the Dominican Republic.  Along with the Bachata dance there is bachata music.

The dance is very lively and romantic and is accompanied with fast paced music. Bring a friend.

There  are a lot of Hispanic people doing big things in Hollywood, including: Jennifer Lopez, Puerto Rican singer and actress, Shakira, Colombian singer, known for her hit song “Hips Don’t Lie,” and George Lopez, Mexican actor and comedian, known for his self-titled show George Lopez.

To learn more about National Hispanic Heritage month, visit http://www.pbs.org/specials/hispanic-heritage-month/, there are several videos that you can watch that will teach you a lot about the Hispanic community.

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