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As Students Leave, Pachanga Arrives

As thousands of students flee the Smith campus this week to head for their respective Thanksgiving festivities (or other holiday pastimes), a couple hundred students from 15 regional colleges and universities will move in.

Pachanga 2002, the East Coast Chicano/a Student Forum, will take place from Wednesday through Sunday, November 27-December 1.

The annual event, which always takes place during Thanksgiving break, is a student forum for Latino and Latina students attending institutions in the Eastern United States. About 200 students from Smith, Mount Holyoke, Amherst, Barnard, Dartmouth, Princeton, Wellesley and several other colleges and universities will participate.

This year’s conference is titled “Nosotras en el Norte, Nuestra Gente en el Otro Lado, y la Historia que nos Une: A History of Foreign Borders, Not Foreign People.”

After registering and settling in to Smith housing on November 27, the students will begin a series of workshops on November 28, such as Chicanismo 101, “a look at the historical context and the current use of the term chicana/o,” and Borders and Identity.

In the evening, a performance by Ballet Mexico Lindo will take place at the Northampton Council of the Arts, followed by a formal fiesta.

Similar workshops and performances will take place throughout the following two days before a Sunday morning checkout.

By the time Smith students return on Sunday, December 1, the conference will be concluded.

The student forum is sponsored and hosted by Nosotras de Smith College.

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