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ALAS celebrates Hispanic Heritage

by Isaac Deleon - Copy Editor
Tue, Oct 10th 2017 11:00 am
Photo provided by ALAS
 Hispanic Heritage Month is a time for Latinxs to celebrate their culture and share it with others.
Photo provided by ALAS Hispanic Heritage Month is a time for Latinxs to celebrate their culture and share it with others.

Everyone has the capacity to appreciate Hispanic culture. It has managed to spread its influence all around the world. From music, food and fiestas to the history, Hispanic culture never fails to please. This month in particular, the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), is celebrating Feliz Herencia Hispana, or Happy Hispanic Heritage. 

The purpose of the event is to spread pride and awareness of Hispanic culture. It will be filled with performances from the ALAS dance team, information tables, cultural food and an award ceremony for successful Hispanic members of The College of Brockport’s Hispanic community. It will take place at the Fireside Lounge in the Seymour College Union from noon to 3 p.m on Thursday, Oct. 12. 

ALAS Vice President Matthew Goris had many thoughts regarding ALAS and their goals and expectations for Hispanic Heritage month. 

“As the only club representing Hispanic/Latinx decent, we feel as though it is our obligation to represent all of our people during this month,” Goris said. “Every week of this month we have been tabling at the fireside lounge in the Union twice a week, spreading awareness of what’s been happening in the Hispanic community, while giving students the opportunity to participate in cultural activities.” 

ALAS will be working to aid the hurricane relief effort in Puerto Rico. 

“During our tabling in the Fireside lounge we accept donations toward the relief,” Goris said. “ALAS has also participated in ROC relief, which is an event in Rochester where we have taken a lot of initiative in donating and fundraising for Puerto Rico.” 

Goris also spoke about recent political events, mainly involving Trump’s relations with the Hispanic community and his influence in Puerto Rico since the disasters. 

“I believe that Trump has been raising tension with the Hispanic community,” Goris said. “One of his focuses is to have massive deportation and this is evident through his efforts to remove DACA. I believe that he criminalizes this group of people and believe that with this event (Feliz Herencia Hispana), we will be proving Trump wrong as we acknowledge people of Hispanic descent for their excellency.” 

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