Students celebrate Latino culture at AGAPE celebration

By Ryan Cox
September 25, 2003

Kelly Wayland

Thump, thump. Thump, thump. The pounding drums seem to echo in your already shaken chest. You take a step forward, a step back, then to the left, to the right. The rhythm of the music soars through your veins, awakening all of your senses. You are dancing the “merengue.” On Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m., The Fourth annual AGAPE celebration sponsored by the Alumni Diversity Council took place in the mansion.

“It was simply awesome,” Maritza DeJesus, director of the tutoring center, said.”Everyone seemed to have a great time.”

At the celebration, students were able to socialize with one another, as well as with a panel of alumni. “Students talked with alumni about anything ranging from college life, to where to get a job afterwards,” Elidari Ramos, vice president of Latinos Unidos, said. Latinos Unidos is an on-campus group that is designed to celebrate Latino culture.

At the gathering, students were able to enjoy Latino culture through the consumption of ethnic foods and the participation in ethnic dance. “New students were able to choose from an array of ethnic-cooked foods such as chicken and rice, only to be topped by desserts,” Dejesus said. According to some students the food was well prepared and highly enjoyable.

If consuming deliciously made food was not enough to experience Latino culture for some, students were also able to take part in a massive dance session.

Attending the celebration was a dance instructor that dazzled the attendants and students on three styles of dance: the merengue, the salsa, and the cha cha . Each style of dance has its roots in Latino Culture. “It was a lot of fun,” Ramos said. Saturday’s celebration was in response to the call of Hispanic students who felt their interests were not being heard. The night ended with the song “Obsesion,” and a bachata hop towards unity and a sense of happiness.

For more information on the Alumni diversity council, contact Rachel Slaughter at 8506 or Martha Dale at 8252.

Posted to the Web by: Cecelia Francisco

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