Hispanic Student Association aims to make a difference

Chelsea Ratterman, Assistant Editor

HSA officers and sponsor Erica Alvarez pose with their well-earned throphy.

The annual Club of the Year award was given out at the Student Life Banquet on Monday, April 23. This year the honor went to the Hispanic Student Association.

The honor is awarded based on a point system, and a list of events that are eligible for points that school year, such as Global Oklahoma and community service in addition to a host of other opportunities.

“At the beginning of the year, we made it a point to go down the sheet of events, and attempt to do them all,” said Elizabeth Larios, an officer in HSA.

Their attempt paid off. They did numbers of events, such as a fundraiser that sold Aguas Frescas, a fruit flavored Latin drink, which was one of Dr. Lashley’s favorites, according to Larios.

They also passed out free food, made up of rice, chicken and beans, during the semester to those on campus.

“We did it to promote the club, and to give free food to students, since the stereotype of college students is that we’re all broke,” said Jorge Carrizales, HSA president.

In the fall semester, the group celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a presentation in Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and a game of Family Feud with Latin-inspired questions.

After these events, HSA took first place in the Student Activities Chili Cook-Off. During all of this, two members assisted at a daycare, volunteering their time to help with the kids.

The club also organized monthly meetings, and tried to ensure that there was a member at all Student Senate meetings, to have their voice heard.

Their next big event coming up is the Miss Rose State Latina Pageant. This is the club’s biggest event, and is the first ever Hispanic pageant at RSC.

“We want people to know we exist on campus, and that Rose State has a lot of diversity. As much as we want to embrace the Hispanic Culture, we also want to learn more about other clubs, such as the AIA and the BSA,” said Jorge Carrizales.

The Hispanic Student Association was awarded a trophy and $500 for their club’s use. The 1st runner up was Vocal Oklahoma in Civic Engagement (V.O.I.C.E.)/Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature (O.I.L.) Club, receiving $300; 2nd runner up, Study Abroad, $200; and the 3rd runner up, Drama Club

was awarded $100.

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