By Andrea Hanna
Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 promises to be a spe-cial month. It is Hispanic Heritage month. It is an event put on by the Office of Multicultural Services. It is the time of the year that celebrates Latino culture. Ginette Jaramillo, early childhood and intervention specialist, said she is looking forward to Hispanic Heritage month due to the fact that she is from New Mexico. “There is a very strong community and your family is important to you in Hispanic culture,” Jaramillo said. During Hispanic Heritage month in her hometown, the people celebrate the founding of Santa Fe. They go around to all of the schools with a Mariachi band and play festive music. To kick off the Fiesta, the people perform a tradition called, “The Burning of Zozobra.” They write down things they want to forget on paper, and burn the paper to help them leave the past behind. This helps them look forward to the future. Joseph Soza, president of the Latino’s student union, has family from Puerto Rico, and is a proud Latino. “Many Latin American countries re-ceived their independence from Colombian powers from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15,” Soza said. “[Hispanic Heritage Month] is a time of celebration, recognition, and also a time to educate.” Brenda Stevens, director of multicultural services, said, “One of the things we want-ed to accomplish during Hispanic Heritage month was a celebration of the culture, the food, the music, the dance, and even some of the issues.” Among the many things that will be celebrated during Hispanic Heritage month is the Latin Fest. On Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. the Latin Fest will take place. The Latin Fest will be located at East Campus. There will be a live performance, a DJ, and traditional Puerto Rican food as well as other samples of traditional Latin food. “When we had the Latin Fest, the food was a big hit and the music was a big hit,” Stevens said. “We thought we could do this every year. The Latin Fest will have live music and great food.” There will also be a panel discussion called “A Dream Deferred” that takes place on Oct. 3 in the Stewart Room from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will feature Eddy Herrera, Miguel Rodriguez, Joseph Soza, Malone students, and Malone alumni. The talk will be centered on the repeal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the meaning of being a dreamer, and the speaker’s stories. “[The discussion is] a general conversation about DACA, what the repeal will mean for peoples’ lives, and Christian responses,” Soza said. So bring your appetite to learn more about issues to the panel discussion, and your actual appetite and moves to the Latin Fest. Happy National Hispanic Heritage month!