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NMSU to celebrate Fiestas Latinas

New Mexico State University will celebrate various Fiestas Latinas events through the beginning of April. The events are free and open to the NMSU community. They are presented by seven of NMSU's Hispanic student organizations and sponsored by the Associated Students of NMSU.

"This year I am excited because we have a lot of new events," said Mikayla De Hoyos, president of NMSU's Hispanic Council. "A lot of the student groups in the Hispanic Council are putting on bigger and better events that reach out to all of our students on campus. I encourage everyone at NMSU to come out to our events this year."

The Hispanic-founded sorority Kappa Delta Chi will present "Bailando con las Pinguinas," which translates to "Dancing with the Penguins," from 8-11 p.m. Friday, March 11, at Aggie Underground inside NMSU's Corbett Center Student Union. This will be a Latin dance event where individuals can learn Latin dances. The penguin is the mascot of this sorority. All members of the NMSU community are invited to join the fun and music.

The Hispanic-founded fraternity Omega Delta Phi will hold its annual softball tournament Saturday, March 12, beginning at 8 a.m. at NMSU's Activity Center Intramural Fields. Participants must be NMSU students with current Banner ID numbers. Registration information is available at the ASNMSU office in Corbett Center and at Chicano Programs in NMSU's Garcia Annex Room 138. A mandatory team captains meeting will be held the day before the event.

A new event for Fiestas Latinas, the Piņata Bash, will take place from 5-7 p.m. March 29 at NMSU's Engineering Complex Patio. Participants must be full- or part-time NMSU students. During the event, participants will be provided multiple, small piņatas and challenged to build a larger piņata structure. A panel of judges, including Ricardo Jacquez, dean of the College of Engineering, will evaluate the piņata structures. The categories for winning piņatas include "Most Creative," "Best Engineering Design" and "Dean's Favorite." Following judging, students will be allowed to bash the piņatas. To register teams of four, e-mail shpe@nmsu.edu.

For the second year, Latinos For Exito will host two local Matachines dance groups, Danza San Jose and Danza Azteca Nununcy. This event will run from noon to 1 p.m. March 31 on NMSU's International Mall in front of Corbett Center. Performances by Matachines include colorful costumes and dances that are rich in historical, religious and cultural tradition. This form of dance is an example of the confluence of cultural traditions that have blended in Latin America for centuries. The symbols, musical traditions and history of indigenous and Spanish heritage are blended in this cultural tradition of the border area.

The Students for Equality, Education and Diversity will present an evening of mariachi music and folklorico dancing from 5-11 p.m. March 31 on the outdoor stage of Corbett Center.

The final event of Fiestas Latinas is a soccer tournament sponsored by NMSU's College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) Student Council. This event takes place April 2 at the Activity Center Intramural Fields. The soccer tournament is open only to full- or part-time NMSU students with a valid NMSU Banner ID. For more information or to register a team, visit the CAMP office on the ground floor of Milton Hall, or Chicano Programs at Room 138 Garcia Annex.

For more information call Chicano Programs at 575-646-4206 or visit the Chicano Programs website at http://www.nmsu.edu/~chicano/general.html.