Mes de la Raza entertains students with music and dance

By Mark Mayorga

Daily Cougar Staff

The month-long celebration of Mes de la Raza continued Tuesday when the Hispanic Business Student Association and Latin American Student Organization teamed up to present a night of music and dance.

"Mes de la Raza lets us celebrate our independence," said Gilbert Avalos, HBSA intermural coordinator. "It's a historic event, and it's good to see all the different organizations come out and celebrate together."

The celebration of Hispanic heritage officially began mid-September when State Rep. Dora Olivo and UH's Tatcho Mindiola spoke at the opening on campus.

Celebrating the Hispanic culture, as well as spreading it among the Houston community, has become a tradition for each of UH's Hispanic organizations.

"Minority recruitment has increased though in the last few years," said Maria Coello, LASO president. "Unlike other (people) that lose their culture when they leave their country, we try to preserve it."

Each organization under the Hispanic Student Association is required to host at least one event celebrating Mes de la Raza.

Mariachi Continental and Ambassadors International entertained a large crowd of spectators Tuesday with their renditions of Mexican culture.

"This is the month that we celebrate our freedom and culture," HBSA president Yesenia Mena said. "We're trying to get not only Hispanics more involved, (but) also make everyone around school aware of our heritage."

Closing ceremonies for Mes de la Raza are scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Cougar Den.

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