ELLA KIRBY| NEWS EDITOR
Multicultural Student Services is hosting its Hispanic Heritage Celebration on the St. Norbert College campus. Its first event that students are welcome to attend is their kickoff celebration held in Michels Common Ballroom on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
On Friday, Sept. 30, Michels Ballroom will also host the Fiesta event commencing at 5:30 p.m. This year, the event will be more oriented toward students, as individuals will have a chance to share their stories about their families and their life on campus.
Nataly Alanis ’19, the Co-Chair of the Fiesta event, stated, “A lot of people are very unaware of our culture or simply being a minority on campus. […] [The Fiesta] is a way to spread our culture and spread awareness and spread many things that people aren’t aware of and aren’t comfortable possibly asking.”
Entertainment during the Fiesta event will include performances such as rope dancing, a DJ and a photo booth. Furthermore, this year’s seniors will be recognized. Food from a traditional Mexican menu such as chiles rellenos and rice and beans will also be served during the evening.
The price of tickets is still to be confirmed, but students can alternatively use their SNC meal swipes. When tickets are available, a table will be set up in the entrance to Michels Commons where students can purchase them up until the day of the event.
“[The fiesta is] very welcoming, especially to our incoming freshmen,” said Alanis. She went on to say, “These celebrations range from freshmen up to seniors, so everyone just gets together. […] Honestly, theres a lot of people that aren’t multicultural who just love to show up to these events, and they’re more than welcome. That’s the beauty of it because that’s how we spread awareness and spread our culture.”
Later on during the semester, the Hispanic Heritage Celebration is hosting an event titled Art Transcends Borders.
The event hopes to engage students in highlighting awareness of current topics of discussion in the world through artwork and focus it around this year’s SNC theme of solidarity. In light of the upcoming election, this event will delve into not only the diversity of the United States but also how the Hispanic vote comes into its politics and future.
Melina Estrella ’19, organizer of Art Transcends Borders, said, “I think [the Hispanic Heritage Celebration Committee is] a really good way to express diversity on campus and knowing different cultures through different traditions.”
Participants that sign up for the event are required to watch at least one of three videos; participants will then be asked to create a piece of artwork or a piece of writing in the form of poetry or a short story in relation to what they have seen. Wednesday, Oct. 26. is the deadline for all pieces of artwork.
By submitting a piece of art or writing, participants will have a chance to win a $75 gift certificate or one of two $50 gift certificates to the SNC Bookstore.
From Oct. 22 to Oct. 26., the Cassandra Voss Center will display the artwork created.
On Thursday, Oct. 27, at 5:30 p.m., the CVC will host the Art Transcends Borders Reception where winners of the event will be announced. A discussion about the Hispanic vote and the topic of the effects immigration has on Hispanic communities will also be held that evening for anyone that would like to engage.
In response to the question, “What is your favorite thing about the Art Transcends Borders event?” Ruby Castillo ’19, another organizer of the event, responded, “Just seeing how it’s going to unveil, see what the people are going to come up with and see what the point of views are.”
For students that would like to sign up or receive more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.