Open Campus/Discovery Weekend is coming!
PALANTE, A TASTE OF LATIN AMERICA
This is the biggest event that Nosotr@s hosts for the spring semester. This event is a dinner and a semiformal showcase. We look for performances and other ways to celebrate Latin@ culture and all of the beautiful things that make our culture what it is today. This year, we had a very entertaining performance group named Iroko Nuevo (http://irokonuevoafro-cubandance.weebly.com/) that play Afrocuban rhythms. It was so great! They engaged the audience and even pulled people up to dance.
While we enjoyed this amazing performace we ate food cooked by your very own Nosotr@s members and with great help from our local Mexican restuarant, Veracruzana.
After this we listened to Micaela Díaz-Sánchez, the Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies at Mount Holyoke College. She was really excited by the performance group and shared with us that she’s a bombera. She engaged the audience with her wonderful insights and her identity as an artist. She had a great speaking presence; we were honored to have her!
Soon we mixed it up with some more dance and our choreographer led a dance so the audience could join us on the stage and have a good time.
After this, we had a wonderful high school student from Amherst perform some powerful poems about understanding one’s own culture and the importance of real education.
We then moved on to a engaging musical lesson and performance by Jorge Arce (http://www.jorgearce.org), a professional drummer with specialization in Afro-Caribbean music. This was super fun! He gave us the background of so many instruments are were familiar with today and we got to compose some great beats using those instruments.
After this, we ended the night with some great spoken word performances by some of our Nosotr@s members. They chose pieces focused on their ethnic identity, hardships in growing up in a family that did not have many resources and how they grew from this.
This event turned out so beautifully thanks to the support of our Nosotr@s members, Smithies, some of our professors, Veracuzana and much more. We are excited to keep up this success for the years to come!
Liz Pryor: And I’ve heard some people compare the n-word to Voldemort’s name.
Student: But saying ‘Voldemort’ really is dangerous, because there’s a curse on it.
Liz Pryor: Not until the seventh book, though! Not that I’ve read them eighteen times or anything…
Liz Pryor, HST270: Race in the Atlantic World (via smithprofessorquotes)
Hahaha I’m in this class. Love our conversations. They’re so moving. Definitely recommend!
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Happy Monday, Smithies!
Wishing you all the best of luck in this very busy midterms week. Remember to take care of yourself no matter what!
Some of the best advice I got from Smithies:
- Sometimes, you can’t do absolutely everything. Instead of dividing yourself into a million parts, focus on what you need to get done and do your best with it. If you couldn’t get to the extra credit assignment or couldn’t go the extra mile, that’s ok.
- FIND A TIME TO NAP! Add it to your to do list if you need to because when you stay up late you need to find a time to rest.
- Don’t compare yourself to others. Everyone comes from different academic backgrounds. The only competition that should be going on in your head is competition with yourself. Strive to do better today than you did yesterday, not better than your classmates.
- EAT! EAT! EAT! Put snacks in your backpack to eat them between (or during) classes. Little energy bursts can be helpful for long days.
- Remember, grades will not determine yourself worth, but your effort will sure say a lot about it.
Spring break isn’t too far away, you can make it!
May you never have to justify taking another nap again.
No single time more important time to take naps than in college. and before that. and after that.
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When I see I have multiple midterms on one day
I learned from my first semester how fast midterms can sneak up on me.. I been writing them on my calendar at beginning of the semester ever since.
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Happy Rally Day!
Looks like smithies won’t let anything rain on their parade today!
Lookout for snow, with a low of 24F and a high of 41F.
Just when you thought the world ran out of snow to give us….
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