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Students gather for AASA dance

The group’s goal is to promote diversity.

Angie Marcos
LV Life Editor

The African American Student Alliance hosted a Welcome Back Kick Back for all returning and new students of the University of La Verne to meet the new AASA leaders, dance and start off the new fall semester.

AASA’s goal of the night was to attract a large crowd of students on campus to not only inform them of the student alliance and their goals, but to help students start off the new fall semester successfully and in a fun and entertaining way.

“We’re doing what we can to have fun,” Esmeralda Cardenas, a sophomore computer science major and treasurer of AASA, said.

“Everyone is invited to the event,” she said.

The Welcome Back Kick Back had a DJ to provide music for all of the students to dance and listen to throughout the three hour event.

Although the club is mainly targeted toward the University’s African American population, all are encouraged and invited to join AASA, regardless of their race, Cardenas said.

“I like that I could express and talk to a lot of the members of the group,” Myron Woods, a freshman criminology major, said. “They all seem really nice.”

Woods is contemplating joining AASA this fall semester and has been attending all of their weekly meetings on Thursdays at noon in the West Dining Room.

“The African American Student Alliance hopes to promote learning, especially that of the African American culture,” Cardenas said.

The goals of the alliance for this year are to promote diversity and share the African American culture with the students, faculty and staff of the University, Cardenas said.

“The Kick Back is for everybody on campus,” Cardenas, who has been a member of AASA for a year, said.

“It is for the student body to relax, enjoy themselves and just have fun,” she said.

In anticipation of the Welcome Back Kick Back, posters, flyers and announcements were posted to inform all on campus of the awaited event.

“We’ve been working to make the attendance for these events greater,” Cardenas said.

“We just want people to come out and have a good time,” Angelica Williams, a sophomore chemistry major and secretary of AASA, said.

“Our goal is to get more African Americans involved in school clubs at the University,” Williams, who has been a member of AASA for one year, said.

“We have been attracting a larger crowd this year and hopefully it will only get better,” Cardenas said.
AASA’s next event is Game Night on Oct. 21.

Sher Porter, a senior, is the president of the African American Student Alliance.

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