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Have you read the Skiff today?? Well we definitely think you should! The Women of Chi Upsilon Sigma have been featured in a story about the Hispanic Heritage month carnival they hosted last night! Thank you to those who were able to make it out, and keep a look out for future events!

Hispanic carnival’s success leads to future events

Allison Erickson

Issue date: 9/24/09 Section: News

The success of the first Hispanic Heritage Month carnival led to the Chi Upsilon Sigma sorority’s adoption of the event for future Hispanic heritage celebrations.

The sorority hosted its first Hispanic Heritage Month carnival Tuesday in front of the 1873 Cafe & Sports Grill.

The beat of bachata, reggae and salsa music accompanied the savory smells of Salvadoran pupusas, corn and chicken tamales and ground-beef tacos at the event. National Hispanic Heritage month started Sept. 15, and as part of the sorority’s “Week of Wisdom,” the Chi Upsilon Sigma sorority – a Latin sorority – scheduled events throughout the week in celebration, including a showing of “Slumdog Millionaire” and a dinner at Gloria’s Restaurant.

Amanda Kruse, president of the sorority, said 40 people attended the event, which was twice the number that was initially expected. The sign-in sheets sat on the food table from which stemmed a long line of event participants.

Kruse said a carnival did not have to include games but could just be a celebration of diversity.

“It’s really important to us because Hispanics come in all different shapes and sizes, and most importantly, shades,” Kruse said. “It’s not an identity; it’s more of a region where people live.”

Posters of the 21 different countries representing the Hispanic heritage were placed on the patio tables with information about each country.

“Overall the weather worked out, and I really enjoyed the information on the tables about the countries because it gave me a good grasp on each country’s culture,” said Beatriz Gutierrez, a Student Development Services employee.

International Student Services donated $100 to the carnival’s total cost of $250, while Chi Upsilon Sigma covered the rest.

“We were just expecting another one of their events where they teach you something cultural,” said Paola Solis, a member of the Sigma Lambda Alpha sorority.

Solis said the event was a good way to bring Hispanic awareness and that she would want to participate again.

Olivia Stribling, a participant with Student Support Services, said she wanted to show her support for the Hispanic community, catch up with friends and get some food.

While most people left after they ate their food, others lingered long enough to share in the dancing.

Juan Martinez, sophomore communication studies major, danced to bachata music with Gutierrez as the crowd dispersed.

“I was entertained by the music that they incorporated with their carnival,” Martinez wrote in an e-mail. “Definitely made me shake my groove thang.”

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About CUS - Alpha Zeta Chapter

Picture In the Spring of 2002 a group of women realized their common want and need for an organization that was something greater than what already existed at Texas Christian University; thus leading to the beginning of a concept that would turn out to have extraordinary outcomes. After many weeks of researching different sororities they came upon Corazones Unidos Siempre Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Incorporated and upon this discovery the searching ended. The women wanted an organization that embodied sisterhood, education, and community service. This and much more was exemplified by Chi Upsilon Sigma. The two devoted women, Eugenia Redondo and Lisa Marie Cano, established the Alpha Zeta Colony at TCU on Sunday, April 13, 2003. Alpha Zeta Colony received Chapter recognition on April 11, 2005. The women of Alpha Zeta dedicate their efforts to promote the sorority’s motto, “Wisdom through Education” as well as educate the public on social, political, cultural, and educational issues. As Alpha Zeta continues to grow with women who are not content to accept an ordinary life, who are willing to make a difference and who are not afraid to voice their opinion, the Light of CUS will never grow dim.
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