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Annual multicultural event highlights diversity in community

COPY NOTES: I checked the official title for what this event was, and I checked the Greek symbols too but they may get thrown out, I don’t know I just thought it was cool. Rosa De La Herran (that is the correct spelling and capitalization), has another major listed in the phone book, but she only told me public health and Spanish literature. All Diana Vasquez’s information is correct. Phonebook says Justin Habit’s major is biochemistry, but he told me chemical engineering the phonebook apparently is not always correct.

Theta Nu Xi sorority held its 12th annual ONE Love Multicultural Showcase on Thursday, highlighting the diversity throughout the Tucson and UA community.

The name of the event was inspired by the sorority’s letters, ΘΝΞ for ONE Love.

Founded in 2001, Theta Nu Xi is the UA’s sorority of multiculturalism and diversity, which it demonstrates not only through its members, but through the activities they host and partake in, according to Sabrina Rivas, a senior studying biochemistry and psychology, and a member of the sorority.

“We search for diverse members and ways to promote diversity within the community,” Rivas said, “This is one of our main events of the year that demonstrates our passion for diversity.”

Rivas said she hopes the event will bring the Tucson community together and show how important it is to express diversity.

The night’s performers included people from both the Tucson community and the UA community.

Rivas said she and the sorority did a lot of recruitment and searching around campus to pull the performers together.

“We actively went out and searched for diverse acts,” she said. “We typically go to Tucson meet yourself every year and recruit the most diverse people possible.”

The acts ranged from a punk rock band and belly dancers, to folkloric dancing.

For Rosa De La Herran, a junior studying public health and Spanish literature, and folkloric dancer, this was her first performance at the showcase.

“It was interesting,” she said. “It was fun to be part of the multicultural event.”

Another Folkloric dancer and criminal justice studies freshman Diana Vazquez, said she thought the performance was fun and a good experience.

Vazquez and Herran are members of the UA club El Grupo Folklórico Miztontli. Their group was approached by Theta Nu Xi when they saw them practicing across the mall.

“I started the club [El Grupo Folklórico Miztontli] because I wanted to be a part of a group, and I wanted to keep in contact with my Mexican culture and my roots,” Vazquez said. “I just love it.”

Justin Habit, sophomore majoring in chemical engineering, said he came to the show for the first time.

“I think what they do expressing themselves culturally is fun to watch,” he said. “Especially through dance, it’s really interesting.”

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