UC Irvine students celebrate Cinco de Mayo
Students at UC Irvine celebrated Cinco de Mayo with dances, music
and Mexican food. The holiday marks the Mexican army's victory over
the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
Members of the Sigma Pi fraternity at UCI, who were accused last
week of racist behavior, met with members of the university's Chicano
community on Tuesday to resolve the conflict. The success of the
community forum, which was mediated by a university ombudsman,
remains to be seen.
The fraternity distributed fliers and wore T-shirts that were
considered offensive. One of the items deemed highly offensive on the
fliers, which the fraternity made to promote its Cinco de Mayo party,
"Drinko for Cinco," was the promotion of the fraternity's "Dirty
Sanchez Look-a-like Contest."
Vanguard University will offer its first women's studies minor for
the spring 2004 semester.
The new minor, offered through the school of humanities, will
focus on women's roles in literature, history, leadership and
religion. It will be offered as an interdisciplinary minor.
The Harbor Council Parent Teacher Assn. hosted an meeting for
parents in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District to discuss drug
and alcohol use and abuse among teenagers and the ways parents and
the school district should respond. A variety of speakers gave
parents different perspectives on the issue.
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