SGA’s Grants for LAS, NeXXus, and Environuts

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SGA voted unanimously on April 10 to give a grant of $1500 for Latin American Society’s (LAS) All Around the World Event and $800 for NeXXus’ Campus Community Blowout, as well as ten senators voting in favor of a $1000 grant for the Environuts’ trip to the climate change protest in Washington D.C.

NeXXus is planning on using their $800 to fund an ice cream truck for their event. LAS is splitting the money between a few different areas for All Around the World: $800 for the DJ (who will be working from 6 p.m.-2 a.m.), $400 for food and $300 for decoration.

All Around the World is an event sponsored by Latin American Society that brings together the campus community to embrace the many cultures our campus has to offer,” Michael Obasohan, assistant director of Multicultural Education Resource Center and Programming, explained. “LAS reaches out to students, faculty, and staff to partake in their event and showcase what their culture has to offer either through food, music, dance, pictures, or fashion.”

He said there would also be food from all over the world prepared by students, faculty and staff. A band called Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelda will be playing Latin music during the event, and there will additionally be performances from UMass Dartmouth.

We do [All Around the World] as a way to unite the campus entirely and learn a little more about one another,” said Alphonsina Disla, president of LAS. “This year thanks to SGA we are able to have live music with real instruments and a cultural dance performance from UMass Dartmouth’s Latin American society.

“All around the world is so important to us, the Latin American Society, because it’s the one of the few events on campus that celebrates differences all around the world while also learning about cultures that we are not familiar with,” she continued. “It’s like a trip all around the world.”

All Around the World is Saturday, April 29, at 6 p.m. in the Venable Gym.