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NMSU celebrates Hispanic culture with 'Fiestas Latinas'

Several events highlighting various aspects of Hispanic culture will take place from March 2-8 as New Mexico State University student organizations celebrate "Fiestas Latinas."


tivities include a comedy performance, discussion panel, dancing and a film screening that are being sponsored by member organizations of NMSU's Hispanic Council.

"Fiestas Latinas is an important event because it allows Hispanic students to show that they are on campus and that we are a diverse population," said Jeneva Jio, president of NMSU's Hispanic Council. "Often our diversity is downplayed. These events provide students an opportunity to share our culture from our point of view."

The events will begin at 11:30 a.m. March 2 at the Jordan Street entrance of Corbett Center with a performance by two Matachines dance groups. Matachines dancers wear distinctive costumes that are a blend of Spanish and Mesoamerican indigenous influences. The dancers will perform until 1 p.m.

The next event will be a discussion about violence against women at 6 p.m. March 6 at the Corbett Center Auditorium. Leading the discussion will be Mary Louise Romero and Carlos Posada. Romero has worked with the Intensive Community Monitoring Program in Santa Fe since 1999, served as a restorative justice instructor at Santa Fe High School and has taught violence prevention and mediation to adults. Posada is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at NMSU whose research areas include gender, race, immigration and U.S.-Mexico border issues. The discussion is sponsored by Kappa Delta Chi and a reception will follow the discussion.

The third event will be a screening of the 1993 film "Blood In, Blood Out" at 7 p.m. March 7 at the Corbett Center West Ballroom. Described as the "Chicano Godfather," the film was written by poet Jimmy Santiago Baca and follows the story of three cousins from East Los Angeles who follow divergent paths. The event is being sponsored by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and Omega Delta Phi. A raffle for NMSU students to win a copy of Baca's memoir "A Place to Stand" will follow the screening.

The final event will be a performance by author and stand-up comedian Bill Santiago. Santiago has appeared on various television programs including "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," "Chelsea Lately" and "Comedy Central Presents." Santiago is known for his observations about "Spanglish" having said "it has twice the vocabulary, half the grammar." Santiago also authored the book "Pardon my Spanglish. Porque Because!" which is a humorous biographical account of his bilingual adventures.