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HISLA OFFERS STUDENT LATIN SPICE THIS MONTH

by Stephani Crawford

Do you know what's so unusual about preparing "ceviche?" Do you know which Latin American country has two capitals?

The members of HISLA do.

HISLA is the acronym for the Hispanic-Latino Association here at UM-St. Louis. Its purpose is to provide UM students, faculty and staff with an opportunity to broaden their awareness, knowledge and experience of the Hispanic culture.

One of the ways the club brings this culture to the University venue is by celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. To celebrate, the club sponsored several cultural activities last week on the J.C. Penney patio. Hispanic cultural dancers, Mariachis and other cultural attractions performed on the patio during the noon hour for the student body.

The association maintains close ties with other Hispanic cultural organizations around the city of St. Louis and the rest of the nation. By doing so, it keeps the UM-St. Louis community informed about upcoming Hispanic events on our campus and in the area. The club also participates in many of the multi-cultural events held on campus during the school year.

HISLA also furnishes its members with various career and academic opportunities, most importantly the BECA scholarship, which is worth at least $500 to a deserving student.

The club seeks and encourages the involvement of both Hispanic and non-Hispanic students because together we can celebrate our heritage while accepting and contributing to out nation's vast and diverse cultural array.

Oh, and in answer to those trivia questions, ceviche isn't cooked with heat, it's cooked with the chemical action of the lemon juice in which it's marinated. The Latin American country with two capitals is Bolivia.

For a little more enrichment than this, or if you're interested in joining HISLA, contact Susan Walters at extension 6861, and get a little Latin spice into your life!