Multicultural Center celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

By Ari Yuki
On September 13, 2012

The Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration held by the Multicultural Center will give ASU students an opportunity of mutual understanding between Hispanic students and non-Hispanic students.

The nationally celebrated month starts Sept. 15 and ends Oct. 15, and ASU will begin the celebration with an art exhibit Sept. 17 at the Multicultural Center.

We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month because we serve underrepresented student populations and celebrate various aspects of diversity and different culture, said Niya Blair, assistant dean of the Multicultural Center and Nontraditional Student Services.

She said ASU currently has more than 250 Hispanic students on campus. We have variety of events that are open to the public, Blair said.

Viva la Noche, which means Long Live the Night, will be an event held at the ASU Pavilion from 7-10 p.m. Sept.19. It will give students the opportunity to experience Hispanic music, food and dancing.

Viva La Noche is a social event hosted by HOLA (Hispanic Outreach and Latino Appreciation), said Juan Robles, a junior political science and Spanish major of Horatio, involved in HOLA and Hispanic Community Services, Inc.

Our first Viva La Noche event was fall of 2011. It was a great success. We had about 250 present at the event. We hosted it again in spring 2012 in front of the Student Union, Robles said.

Everyone involved with HOLA takes pride in Hispanic heritage. Whether it be ancestry, or simply by having an interest it, he added.

Robles said he expects this years event to be a success and plans to inform attendees about Hispanic cultures. While doing this, he said Hispanic Community Services. Inc. also plans on collecting donations for school supplies and having a Voters Registration table.

Another main event for Hispanic Heritage month is Spanish movie night. Students will have opportunities to see the Spanish movies twice, which are Cronos and Historias Minimas.

Cronos is a Mexican vampire horror film and Historias Minimas, whose English title is, Intimate Stories, is an Argentine and Spanish drama.

Cronos will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in LSE 218, and Historias Minimas will be at 6:30 Oct. 9 in LSE 218.

In addition to that, there will be a study abroad orientation to Hispanic countries at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 in Wilson Hall 217A.

I am interested in attending an event, said Scott Hinson of Paragould, a graduate student in communications and research. I think it would be beneficial to local people, because the Hispanic community is such a growing community.

He was surprised to hear the celebration month is sponsored by the Multicultural Center.

My image of the Multicultural Center is, however, mostly about African-American cultural events. Thats usually all I see, unfortunately, Hinson said. I usually expect International Programs to host events for other groups.

I would like anyone to come and learn something about Hispanic culture and to meet other students who are Hispanic. Its going to be fellowship for the celebration of the culture, Blair said.

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