OHLAS Gala brings together community in support of Hispanic students

Anna Jones

Arts & Life Editor

The Organization for Hispanic and Latin American Students (O.HLAS) partnered with the Spanish Department to host their first annual OHLAS Gala on Oct. 19. The party was held in the Terrace Room and had plenty of Latin cuisine, as well as poetry and music.  

People from the entire Lewisburg community were able to enjoy art, music, food, and to discuss Latin American issues throughout the evening. Students from all across campus worked the event, setting up before and socializing with the guests during the event.

“Each table represented a different country and there was no assigned seating so people could mingle with one another as they learned about the countries [at each table] and the culture of [those] countries,” OHLAS member Cheyenne Mendes ’16 said.  

Prior to the event, there was a pre-reception from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Samek Connections Art Gallery. José Galvez, the first male Mexican-American journalist to ever win a Pulitzer Prize, had many of his photos on display in the gallery.

The sold out event lasted about an hour and a half. It was the first time that OHLAS hosted this gala, but they hope to hold the event each year from now on.

“I think the gala was a success as it incorporated people from all over the Bucknell community … It was a brilliant way to address some Latin American issues around the world and even in our communities,” Mendes said. “I have never been so proud to be a Hispanic student as I [was] that night.” 

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