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IN THIS ISSUE: T h u r s d ay, S e p t e m b e r 17, 2015
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Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating Latina culture and pride By Alex Johnson News Editor
Highlighting Latina women on the UW-La Crosse campus and in the greater La Crosse community, Hispanic Heritage Month seeks to celebrate the Hispanic culture and explore the positives of that culture in a heated political climate. Jamie Capetillo, a senior majoring in Women’s Studies and Ethnic and Racial Studies who also helped make Hispanic Heritage Month a reality on the UW-L campus, said “Hispanic Heritage Month allows Latino students to say, ‘Yes, we’re here, this is our culture and it’s beautiful,’ instead of a lot of the negatives people associate it with.” Offering a month-long list of events, discussions and keynote speakers, several departments and organizations on campus, including Mujeres Orgullosas and the Latin
“It’s important to show that we’re here. We have a lot of pride in our community.” Jamie Capetillo UW-L Senior American Student Organization, are working together to educate and inform the student body on Hispanic culture, specifically the Latina voice. “The amazing thing about Hispanic Heritage month this semester is that it is dedicated to Latinas. And that is a voice that is often overshadowed in the Hispanic community,” Capetillo continued. Many of the events on campus highlight that Latina voice, such as “A Conversation with Hilda Lloréns”, a keynote speaker who has done research on cross cultural norms and ideals of beauty for Hispanic women, in addition to an open poetry reading, called
“Latina Tapestry,” where students can read poetry and connect with other students. “All of this is important to the UW-L campus because if you look at the retention rates of women of color, Latina women are actually the highest minority group to be getting degrees. There actually are a lot of us on this campus. Last year, there were 365 of us on campus. This year we got about 50 more incoming Latina students,” she said. But this increasing volume of Latina
“Yes, we’re here, this is our culture and it’s beautiful.” Jamie Capetillo UW-L Senior students comes from the work of Mujeres Orgullosas and the Offie of Multicultural Student Services (OMSS). “Mujeres Orgullosas is a female empowerment group trying to bring students together from UW-La Crosse, Viterbo and Western Technical College, helping them stay in school, giving back to the community and kind of being mentors to Latinas in high school, also helping them with FAFSA, and educating them about college,” said Capetillo. The advice and education organizations such as Mujeres Orgullosas offer help these Latina students stay in school and go further with their education. Capetillo went on to discuss the importance of the Latina voice on campus. “It’s important to show that we’re here. We have a lot of pride in our community. Just uniting together while we’re at UW-L and trying to show what we’re all about,” she stated. Hispanic Heritage Month begins with an opening ceremony and “Latina Tapestry” on Sept. 15.
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Involvement Fair presents community participation opportunities By Christopher Rudolph Staff Reporter
Many students are interested in being involved on campus; the Residence Life Involvement Fair, which took place on Sep. 9 in Eagle Hall’s basement, aimed to connect those students who are looking to be more involved with activities to be involved in. The meeting had a number of students who were interested in becoming more involved. Halie Gerovac, a student in attendance, described the meeting as “very informative” and said she has become interested in seeking a more involved role during her time here in
There is no shortage of organizations and opportunities to get involved with. Options exist from the Greener Living Committee, which aims to improve sustainability and environmental awareness on campus, to the National Residence Hall Honorary, which strives to recognize and thank individuals. the residence halls. There is no shortage of organizations and opportunities to get involved with. Options exist from the Greener Living Committee, which aims to improve sustainability and environmental awareness on campus, to the National Residence Hall Honorary, which strives to recognize and thank individuals. Another opportunity is creating a Student Interest Group (SIG), which exists as a way to get individuals who have similar interests
together. Any student can start a SIG by talking to their hall director. Another way to get involved is through conferences, which are hosted all around the country. Conferences like Great Lakes Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (GLACURH) and Midwest Biseual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Convergence (MBLGTACC) provide a great way to get involved, build leadership, and meet likeminded people. The Assistant Director of Residence Life, Chris Dziekan, said “We want you to involved in whatever way is best for you…it’s going to have benefits you can’t even imagine right now. It could be meeting your best friend, getting a lead on a job, or even just becoming a better person.” Attendance at Wed.’s meeting was low,
“We want you to involved in whatever way is best for you… it’s going to have benefits you can’t even imagine right now. It could be meeting your best friend, getting a lead on a job, or even just becoming a better person.” Chris Dziekan Assistant Director of Residence Life but Bridget Fish, Residence Hall Association Council President, said she is hopeful for the future of the involvement fair and student involvement in general. She attributed low turnout to the newness of the event, saying “I think it was just a first year thing.” Fish predicted higher turnout in the years to come once word spreads about Residence Life Involvement Fair.
Part-time job fair promotes student employment By Stephanie Koss Senior Reporter
On Wed, Sept. 9, UW-La Crosse’s Career Services and the Financial Aid Offices hosted a part-time job fair in Valhalla from 10 AM – 3 PM. The fair housed more than 50 tables, each run by a different area business seeking part-time and seasonal employees. This included both on and off campus employers. Some of the participating organizations included Hampton Inn & Suites, B.A. Burrito, Sears, TGI Friday’s, The Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern, Brenengen Auto Group, Red Lobster, Festival Foods, Kwik Trip, UWL It Make$ Cents!, Blain’s Farm & Fleet, La Crosse Special Olympics, JCPenney, Sam’s Club and many more. Elizabeth Gogolin, a sophomore, said, “It was really interesting to see all of the businesses from the area that are looking for employees. It made me realize that there are tons of jobs out there if you just look for them.” 231 & 232 Cartwright Center 1725 State Street La Crosse, WI 54601
Many of these employers are seeking parttime college employees because they want employees who will be in the area for at least a couple of years. Many employers understand the high price tag that college has nowadays and want to help students make some extra
“It was really interesting to see all of the businesses from the area that are looking for employees. It made me realize that there are tons of jobs out there if you just look for them.” Elizabeth Gogolin UW-L Sophomore money so that they can fund their education. Gogolin also commented on the importance of having a part-time job while in college. “I believe it’s super important to be employed while in college so that you can get
ahead and start on paying for some of your expensive student loans,” she stated. “I think it also just makes you better at managing your time and being involved with your community.” The Financial Aid Offices also had some important things to say regarding the parttime job fair and having a job while in college. According to Vernell Glenn, a Financial Aid Counselor at UW-L, “The job fair is very important because it provides students with the opportunity to apply for jobs in order to gain additional income and valuable work experience. It also allows them to borrow less in student loans. Employment on or off campus most often can be a great resume builder.” In addition to the various benefits that the part-time job fair provided to students, Glenn also touched on the importance of saving money in college. “As you are aware, paying for college, housing, food, car payments credit cards, etc. is not easy for some college students, particularly those who have to budget their
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work and school commitment. In my opinion, students should routinely budget their money and their expenses, and in addition, try to limit the amount of student loans they may
“Students should routinely budget their money and their expenses.” Vernell Glenn Financial Aid Counselor take out,” said Glenn. Besides having a part-time job, Glenn also suggested students apply for as many scholarships as possible because they are virtually free money that students do not have to pay back after they graduate. Looking for a part-time job or have questions regarding your school payments? Contact Career Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Financial Aid Offices at finaid@uwlax. edu. Index
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