‘Viva UIW’ provides pre-Fiesta fun

By Lauren Taylor


Folklorico dancers performed in full colorful costume at the annual “Viva UIW,” a pre-Fiesta event, held April 17 on Dubuis Lawn.

The event, primarily organized by Residence Life and Campus Life, is the university’s official way to kick off the start of Fiesta for UIW students. This year, however, many other organizations on campus also found a way to get involved, each with their own booth surrounding the lawn.

Sodexo sold nachos, roasted corn, street tacos, aguas frescas and bunuelos. Marian Hall Student Center and a sorority, Delta Beta Chi, also got together to work their taco stand, giving students another option to indulge in festive foods.

Freshman Megan Garcia, who was working the taco stand, said she thought Viva UIW was a great event because it got students “pumped up for Fiesta, which is such a big part of San Antonio culture.”

The Residence Life booth was a hit, where materials were provided for students to make festive cards that would be sent to children at Driscoll’s Children’s Hospital. Senior Lauren Pesina with Residence Life said of their booth, “We came up with this idea for Fiesta cards as a way to spread the Fiesta around the San Antonio community, especially to places and people that otherwise might not get to partake in the events.”

Many other booths circled the lawn with activities such as cascarones, face painting, various raffles and candy giveaways.  The San Antonio Spurs were also represented with a ticket drawing and free Spurs goodies for the taking. Junior Edward Kelly, president of the STARS organization, had a candy table set up to advocate safe driving.

“I expected a fun environment and a chance to interact with the students and get our message out to not drink and drive,” Kelly said.

Jenny Zavala, a junior with Residence Life, said, “The planning was mostly done by (grad assistant) Vanessa Cerda who put a lot of advertising into the event. She wanted the event to be fun, exciting and just a great way to start Fiesta. The great thing about the event was that it’s not only food and dancing, but also UIW students and staff all coming together and giving back to each other and the community in different ways.”

Another big crowd-drawing aspect of Viva UIW was a drawing for room-slot reservations sponsored by Residence Life, where the winners get first pick for on-campus housing for the 2013-14 school year.

Samantha Martinez, a junior, said she wanted a shot at the drawing.

“We came out for the room-slot drawings, but didn’t expect so many different booths and foods to also be available,” Martinez said. “It’s really fun.”

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