Linfield students celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Linfield College Latinos Adelante, Movimento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan or the Chicano Movement of Aztlan the Spanish Club and the Multicultural Programs Office put on Hispanic Heritage Day Sept. 28 in Rutschman Field House.

The event consisted of music, food, dancing and entertainment for the people who attended.

The food, which was free of charge, consisted of tacos from Mazatlan, a local Mexican restaurant.

There were also activities for small kids, including face painting, piñatas and a children’s play area.

“This year’s planning of Hispanic Heritage Day was a collaboration of all the Hispanic organizations on campus,” said senior Elizabeth Guzman, a Multicultural Programs student assistant.

“Tasks were divided up between MEChA, LCLA, Spanish club and Multicultural programs. It was definitely a great joy to work with everyone and see this event come alive. I certainly believe that this year’s model for planning the event was much more effective but overall much more inclusive,” Guzman said.

“I always love HHD, but this year’s was especially good,” senior Marissa Haines said. Haines is also part of MEChA, Spanish Club and LCLA.

“I liked the last musical group and the dancing. My favorite part though was the face painting because it was great for both children and adults,” Haines said.

Two Latino bands from Oregon, Dina y Los Rumberos y Antifaz, provided the live Latin music for people to dance to.

“[Hispanic Heritage Day] was definitely a great experience. The music was fun, the food was great,” senior Andrew Fong said.

The Linfield Hip Hop Club also performed a dance that was coordinated by senior Tim Marl.

They involved the audience by coordinating a short routine to teach the audience.

“It was my first time at Hispanic Heritage Day and I loved it! The atmosphere was so energetic and the bands were great! The free food was really delicious and there was plenty to last the entire time. I especially liked watching the Hip Hop club perform and teach students how to dance,” senior Mariah Torres said, who attended Hispanic Heritage Day for the first time.

“Dancing really was the main event; having Spanish Professor Ticas, get up and dance during the live music was awesome! Being able to watch and learn meringue and salsa and have a good time with so many people with respect to our diverse Hispanic community was such a beautiful experience,” Torres said.

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