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NMSU celebrates Latino Week

The Associated Students of New Mexico State University and four student organizations from Hispanic Council will host several events on campus as part of Latino Week in March. All events are free and open to the NMSU community.


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Motivational speaker and entertainer Patrick ?Pac Man? Perez will appear on the New Mexico State University campus as part of the 2016 Latino Week events. (Courtesy photo)
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Mariachi Aguilas will perform on the New Mexico State University campus as part of the 2016 Latino Week events. (Courtesy photo)
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Mariachi groups and ballet folklorico dancers have been part of Latino Week festivities on the New Mexico State University campus. (NMSU courtesy photo)

Hispanic Council President Mark Alarcon said he is appreciative that ASNMSU provides funding to support diversity programs and student-led initiatives.

?It?s really special that we are able to have events planned from the student perspective, because usually events are organized by administrators,? Alarcon said. ?It?s great that ASNMSU allocates money for us to put together a cultural show to share with all students.?

Latino Week kicks off Wednesday, March 2, with performer, dancer and motivational speaker Patrick ?Pac Man? Perez. Hosted by the College Assistance Migrant Program Student Council, Perez promises to be full of Latino pride, American drive, rhythm and caffeine. Perez is an award-winning youth speaker and first generation college graduate. Through his voice and dance moves, he strives to motivate and encourage audiences. The performance begins at 7 p.m. at the Corbett Center Student Union auditorium.

TRIO Scholars will present a poetry slam/competition from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at the food court in Corbett Center. NMSU and Dona Ana Community College students are invited to submit poems that portray life as a contemporary Hispanic or ethnic minority in the United States. A panel of judges will select the winner of the competition. Poems may be submitted to falarcon@nmsu.edu.

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers will host the local music group, Mariachi Aguilas from 12-2 p.m. Monday, March 7, on the International Mall by the Speech Building. Mariachi Aguilas was founded in Las Cruces in 2000 under the direction of Luis Esquivel, originally from San Antonio, Texas. Trumpet player Juan de la Cruz became the leader of the group in 2002 when Esquivel returned to San Antonio. Mariachi Aguilas has traveled all over New Mexico as well as parts of Texas and Arizona. The group has been an active participant in the annual Las Cruces Mariachi Conference, in addition to occasional participation in the Albuquerque Spectacular and other mariachi conferences.

The students of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES) present the movie ?Sicario,? which is R-rated, at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the Corbett Center auditorium. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the movie features Benicio del Toro, Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin. Partially filmed in the Juárez/El Paso area, the movie is about an FBI agent who is enlisted by a government task force to help with the growing war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico. Refreshments will be served from 5-6 p.m. in the auditorium lobby. The film is not appropriate for children under 17.

The students of MAES will also sponsor a Latino dance party Friday, March 11, in the Corbett Center ballroom. This event is intended to give students of all cultural backgrounds the opportunity to experience a night of Latin music and dance. A DJ will play Latin dance music from 6-7 p.m., at which time free dance lessons will be provided. The dance party continues at 7 p.m. as Banda Bonet performs banda, cumbia, salsa and much more.

Every year, student leaders of Hispanic Council propose each Latino Week event with an accompanying budget to ASNMSU. Once the plan is approved, the student leaders are responsible for coordinating all the details of the events.

?Our biggest goal is to be a voice for the students,? Alarcon said. ?Planning the event is an arduous process, as we try to keep everybody in mind. We appreciate the gesture from ASNMSU, as it?s good for students to organize and plan an event on our own.?

These events are selected by college students and are appropriate for college-age students. The content of these events is generally geared toward adults and is not appropriate for children or teenagers.

For more information, contact Chicano Programs at 575-646-4206.