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MIT Students Sponsor Mes Latino and Women's History Month Events

By Dan McGuire
News Editor

Activities for Mes Latino, which celebrates Hispanic culture, and Women's History Month are slowly drawing to a close.

Mes Latino is "going alright, we've had 15 or 16 events, and I think that most of them were pretty well attended," said Marco A. Pravia '97, financial coordinator for the Mes Latino organizing committee. "The goal [of the events] was to share our culture with ourselves, the Latino community, but also with" others, he said.

"MIT is helping us out a lot. Of course the Latino student activities donated funds" from their own funds and from funds remaining from past years' budgets, Pravia said. In all, this month's activities will cost $6,000. All of those funds have come from student organizations and the administration. "It's been a completely MIT-sponsored activity," he said.

Pravia said that this year's events were well received and well attended. "We had a Spanish mass and that was overflowing," he said. "Over 100 people showed up."

Symposia and discussions were also held as part of the event series. Four Latino alumni hosted a discussion, covering topics from the controversial book, The Bell Curve, to environmental discrimination. Pravia said that 50 to 60 people showed up to the talk. There was also a luncheon with Latino faculty and staff.

The Mes Latino committee, which includes about 10 people, also paid to fly in Aztec dancers from California. They performed in the Student Center lobby last week.

Several more events will be held this week. There will be a forum today at the Black Students Union lounge where MIT administrators are going to moderate a discussion about the "Intuitively Obvious" series of videos on minorities at MIT, Pravia said.

A Latin American film series entitled "Zoot Suit" will be held on tomorrow in Room 2-105 at 7 p.m., and there will be a panel discussion in Room 1-390 at 6 p.m. discussing Hispanics in industry.

Women's display vandalized

The Women's Studies Program continued to hold its events during March, but none celebrated Women's History Month.

"We had a ton of events this term, but none of them were specifically for Women's History Month," said Michle Oshima, the coordinator of the Women's Studies Program. "Every month is Women's History Month, like every month is men's history month."

Last week, a Women's Studies display near the Building 14 elevator shaft was vandalized. Captain David Carlson said that the Campus Police received a report about the vandalism on the morning of March 10.

"All we have is a display case that was smashed" and some paper which was torn from the display, Carlson said. It will "probably remain as a vandalism case unless something should develop in the future."

"The display case was smashed. They ripped out information from the display," Oshima said. The paper that was removed was "not particularly proactive. It's not something that would typically enrage someone," she said. The paper listed information about the state of women in the United States and around the world.

"It's really odd. I don't know if there's something that rubbed somebody the wrong way," Oshima said.

"The students, staff, and I get very upset," Oshima said. "We try to be pretty inclusive." "The students who work on it take a great deal of pride in it," she said.