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Hector Castelltort The South Texan The Student Government Association held elections on Oct. 4-5 to fill three seats for the freshman class senators, five seats for Senatorsat-large, one seat for the College of Education and one seat for the College of Agriculture. The winners were: Jazmin Alvarado, Wayne Norfleet, and Mariah Cain for the Freshman Class seats, Edgar Chavez for the College of Education, Mariah Sanders for the College of Agriculture and Matthew de la Rosa, Brandon Barrera, Benito Ochoa, Amanda Garcia, and
One percent of student body voted in SGA elections
Sandy Vargas as the Senators at large. However, only one percent of the student body voted. The reason? Because no one was competing against each other and SGA didn’t want candidates’ wasting their money campaigning. As a result, many students did not know about the elections, SGA election coordinators said. In addition, the Career Fair was going on and the Internet at the booth was going on and off, which made it difficult for students to place their vote. “Well, since we didn’t have anybody competing against each other for a seat in the senate, we didn’t really want the candidates to spend money campaigning so not a lot of people knew about the elections, but we did have around 1% of students vote, which is not that bad considering other obstacles like our wireless going on and off and the Career Fair was also on the same day,” Cynthia Prado, senator pro-tempore and internal affairs committee chair said. SGA will have elections in the future, she said. Elections will be held in the spring for two
The South Texan - October 12, 2010
Lack of student participation attributed to absence of campaigning
seats as the freshmen class senator, one seat for junior senator, and two seats for College of Arts and Science. “But, depending on the school’s enrollment in the spring, we might have more seats in the senate,” Prado said. In order to be considered for a seat, students need to apply at the SGA office, which is located above the post office in the Student Union Building. A GPA of 2.3 for undergraduates and 3.0 for graduate students along with an interview is required to obtain a position.
Dr. Manuel Flores will give a presentation as part of Hispanic Heritage Month on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at noon in room 219 A/B of the Memorial Student Union Building.
“Hispanics in the Civil Rights Era”
Homecoming Masquerade Ball set for Oct. 15
Claudia Garcia The South Texan Come one, come all for A&M-Kingsville’s Homecoming Masquerade Ball. The Campus Activities Board has coordinated the university’s first annual Blue and Gold Sapphire and Diamond Masquerade Ball as part of Homecoming Week. Joe Alvarez, chair for the committee of Music and Performing Arts, had the privilege to attend University of Texas’ White and Orange Ball a few years ago and it was in January that he proposed the idea to have one of our own here. “I had a blast, at the time I thought to myself how come we didn’t have this back at TAMUK? So this year I did something about it,” Alvarez said. The ball will be held on Friday, Oct. 15 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Student Union Grand Ballroom. Glynn Garcia and the Mynfields, an orchestra, will provide music. “I threw around some ideas to my friends and came to the conclusion that Masquerade Balls seemed to be well liked, and it was a theme that our school hadn’t ‘toyed’ with recently, so I knew it could work. We will transform the Ballrooms into the ultimate Masquerade Experience.”
Banquet honors Tejano culture, those who keep tradition alive
Claudia Garcia The South Texan
Sabrina Reyna/The South Texan Homero Vera, Emilio Zamora, Idalia Davila and Manuel Flores attended the Tejano Banquet Thursday, Oct. 7.
Alvarez said. Planning for the event did take some time and effort for the committee to make it an unforgettable experience for the students. It’s taken them almost a year to prepare and organize the ball. “Its taken quite a bit of time to plan for this event. Although not complex in nature, the process is different in hosting an event like this in university settings. However, I knew once the foundation was laid, the future would hold a great amount of potential for this event,” Alvarez said. Alvarez will be the MC for the night providing remarks on the week’s Homecoming events and “foster a renewed spirit for the game on Saturday.” “My main focus for the evening is to make sure we have fun and boogie.” Alvarez said. Tickets are $12 for a single person or $20 for a couple. The event is open to students, alumni, faculty, staff and the general public. Everyone can pick up their tickets on the third floor the Memorial Student Union Building with Student Activities. The event is cocktail attire, evening wear for the ladies and suit or tuxedo for the gentlemen, black tie is optional.
Tejanos were the first settlers of Texas, settling land from as far as Nacogdoches all the way down to the Rio Grande Valley. The Fourth Annual Tejano Heritage Banquet, Thursday, Oct. 7 in the Memorial Student Union Building Ballrooms, served as a way to honor those alumni who have kept the Tejano culture and tradition alive. Idalia Davila, South Texas rancher and educator, and Dr. Emilio Zamora, a professor at the University of Texas, were this year’s honorees. Davila was presented the Tejano Heritage Award that is presented annually to an alumnus who has lived the legacy to the Tejano culture and worked to preserve Tejano tradition. Zamora was presented the Tejano Service Award that is annually presented to an alumnus who is a public servant, educator or politician who has contributed to Tejanos and Hispanics through their work. Davila made a stirring acceptance speech that highlighted her family’s struggle to keep the ranch in her family’s name. “It is a privilege and an honor to be here and accept this award,” Davila said. Davila’s heritage dates back to 200 years and she fought to restore the legacy of her family ranch, El Puerto Ranch, located 18 miles southwest of Hebbronville. The Vela family the Family Land Heritage Award from the Texas Department of Agriculture in 2008 due to the research she unlocked about the Vela Ranch history. The ranch is part of what was once a 17,713-acre Mexican land grant that has been in her family for nearly 2 centuries. “Hispanic Heritage means to honor and value the contributions done by Tejanos,” Davila said. Davila has been an educator for almost 40 years teaching reading and science in the Webb County ISD and is a board
member and secretary of the Jim Hogg County Historical Commission and a member of the Museum Foundation of Hebbronville. She is also involved in preserving historical landmarks in Jim Hogg County and South Texas. “I appreciate the fact that you honor those who appreciate their own heritage. Everyone has a unique, fascinating story and we should all go out and tell it,” Davila told an audience of mainly 100 students at the banquet. Zamora’s speech was equally stirring. A former professor at then Texas A&I University, Zamora has written or co-authored six books on Mexican Americans and their heritage. His family has lived in what we now know as Texas since 1749. They moved to present-day Camargo, Tamaulipas, during the Spanish colonial period. Growing up, he lived in La Feria in the Rio Grande Valley. At the University of Texas, Zamora is a professor in the Department of History and is associated with the center of Mexican American Studies and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. “A&I holds a special place in my heart and made me the man I am today,” Zamora said. Zamora is currently working on a translation of a WWI diary by José de la Luz Saenz, a co-founder of the League of United Latin American Citizens. The diary, Mexican Americans and the Great War, was first published in 1933 in Spanish. It is the only known written account by a Mexican soldier and one of the few diaries written by a member of the U.S military. Throughout his career Zamora has brought scholarly and public attention to the difficult conditions under which Mexican-Americans have worked. “We all have a responsibility to research our history, especially the young people,” Zamora said.
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