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Spanish club to continue growing and improving

Two years ago, Spanish Club was very different from how it exists today. The club was short on members and its activities were nonexistent. Today, the club has built its roster and raised its visibility on campus as it pursues its goal. Spanish Club seeks to bring greater understanding and increased awareness of issues faced by Spanish-speaking countries and people. The club also strives to share Latino culture on campus and Vancouver as a whole. Despite being new to campus, the club has been working actively to accomplish these goals.

Spanish Club is more invested in maintaining their presence on campus and in the local community rather then having a high number of members on their roster. “People get so caught up in numbers. That doesn’t reflect our member base or quality of the club” Says Kim Takenishi Spanish Club president. Spanish club strays away from the norm of having weekly meetings where club leaders get up in front of the group to talk and instead wishes to provide leadership opportunities and leadership training for interested members.

“We want to help members and be member-driven. We recognize the life of students,” says Takenishi “We don’t want to be a club where you show up with your one free hour of the week and ask yourself why you even came.”

Membership for Spanish club is open to anyone; the club is not focused on the language. Members do not need to be Spanish, be taking a Spanish class, or even know a single word of Spanish in order to take part in Spanish Club. All anyone needs is a desire to help bring forth awareness of issues faced by Latinos as well as an appreciation and interest in Latino culture. Non-students are also welcome to join as honorary members.

Spanish Club has weekly member hangouts around 11 a.m. on Wednesdays by the Firstenburg Family Fountain. Activities during these hangouts includes hula hooping, listening to music, and just taking a break from classes to enjoy some Latino culture. The club’s biggest event, though, is the Day of the Dead event, also known as Dia De los Muertos. The event will be held at the Firstenburg Student Commons on November 6, and is free to the public. The festival will consist of a multitude of activities including a multitude of displays, face painting, contests to win prizes, and a performance by Mexica Tiahui. Mexica Tiahui is a traditional Aztec dance group who will be giving a presentation on the roots of traditional dances and the history of Dia De los Muertos. Doors to the event open at 5 pm and the event will last until 8 pm.

Along with events on campus, Spanish Club has a three-hour radio broadcast every Thursday morning starting at 9 am. The club uses the show to continue sharing the Latino culture through music but also bring to light issues local Latino people are facing, and conduct interviews with leaders in their own club as well as local community leaders. This is also a medium for the club to get the word out on the campus of community resources available for Spanish-speaking students and their families.

Spanish Club looks to grow as well as to help raise awareness for contemporary issues. For students who would like to get involved with Spanish Club, there are a number of ways. Tune in to their radio broadcast Thursdays at 9am on KOUGRadio.com, find them hanging out Wednesdays at 11 a.m., attend the Day of the Dead event on November 6th, or find Spanish Club on Cougsync.

Photo features WSU Vancouver Spanish Club

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