By Gaby Galindo
LOGOS PHOTO EDITOR
Plenty of free food, music and T-shirts brought many to Dubuis Lawn during the celebration of La Feria on Wednesday, Sept. 23, one of several events marking Hispanic Heritage Month.
University of the Incarnate Word students, staff and faculty helped themselves to fruit, roasted corn, margarita-flavored slushes and mini street tacos from Chela’s Tacos, while listening to a variety of songs performed by a mariachi group, at the event sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.
“I enjoyed having the time to go and enjoy some food and music after a long week,” said Devin Easley, 21, a junior computer information systems major from San Antonio. “It was very relaxing and welcoming.”
Nicole Garcia, CAB’s director of external affairs, said many volunteers helped promote and carry out the annual event.
“Our goal for this event was to give the students a break during the day by letting them embrace the Hispanic culture,” Garcia said.
CAB had to overcome several challenges while planning this event, especially when it came to managing the budget to finance it, Garcia said.
“Everything cost money and in order for us to give students quality giveaways it required a lot of compromise between the board and the vendors,” Garcia said. “This event is becoming a UIW tradition and will definitely continue for years to come. Hopefully in the coming years we can make the menu larger and bring in more entertainment.”
Easley said he looks forward to attending the event again in the future, emphasizing he has relatives who cherish Hispanic traditions.
“I grew up with stuff like this at home and I always enjoy going to events like this because I feel like I’m right at home,” Easley said. “If I could I would try to invite my grandparents next year. I’m sure they would love it.”