UPRM “5 Días Con Nuestra Tierra” Famous Fair

by: Hilmaries Lopez

People are getting prepare from “5 días con nuetras tierra” fair.

The agriculture fair “5 días con nusetra tierra” was celebrating there 34 years at the Colegio centenary. This fair is usually held each year from March 15 to the 19. It is always full of artisans, variety of typical food, animal exhibition, mucical performance and more. With no exceptions to other year the fair was a total success.

The fair is organized by the department of agriculture of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. It was first made in 1997 with the purpose of promoting and disseminate agricultural instruction throw out the country. “5 dias” is not just visited by the local people. It is also visited by people from al around the country. Now a days it has become one of the most important agriculture fair in Puerto Rico.

As before mention the fair is full of artisans, this year was no exception. There were lots of different types of artisans. Some were specialized in jewelry made in wood, wire even coconut. Others were presenting hand made bags, scene clouth wood figures and other things. “This is a grate way for the student and the people in general to admire the hand made original art from Puerto Rico” said Zuleika Morales a student from the Biology department

This year musical performance was full of good singers and performer such as sie7e, Viva Nativa, Orquesta la Solucion and more. The event was full of good thing. People could stop talking about. We saw lots of school buses and also buses from group from all around the country exited to see the thing that were going on in the fair. Some of the singers in the fair were not expected by the people. Zara Vega a visitor from Ponce said she could belive that sie7e was actually going to perform in the fair. It was fully surprising how people were so enthusiastic about the fair in general.

Something that was really chucking as we entered the fair was the typical candy spot. People actually waited in line until the booth opened. The candy booth was full of different type of typical candy such as “ajonjolí, paletas de aní”, nuts with caramel, coconut candy and lots of more flavors. Another thing that causes grate impact of the food made in the fair were the famous “boul de platano relleno de pollo” lot of student of the UPRM went to the fair just to eat one of this famous bowls.

Almost every year people are allowed to see and admire some types of animal and plant. This part of the fair is actually very interesting. Most of the kinds that visited the fair concentrated in this specific part. Kids were fascinated by the animals in specific.

This year there was a association that prevents the animal abuse. They were giving information and also giving dogs in adoption. Most of this dogs were found on the street home less. For there grate surprise people responded really fast and for the end of the first day al the dog were adopted.

This year event was a total success. People was entirely satisfied with the thing that happened and were presented on the fair. There was lots to see to hears and a gama of slightly delightful food to eat. Satisfaction was round the place. People are now looking forward for next year “5 días con nuestra tierra”fair.

 

 

 

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Myrna Herrera and exile of Dominican women

By: Hazel Kelly Moreno

On Thursday April 7, 2011, in the Eighth National Symposium on Women,  held at the University of Puerto Rico,  Mayagüez Campus,  Ms. Myrna Herrera Mora shared with the audience who was present her research on women in combat Dominican democratic exile in Puerto Rico, 1930-1961.

Myrna Mora Herrera, is from the district of, ”Hatillo Carrizales”, Puerto Rico.  His university studies at the University of Puerto Rico where he earned a BA in Education with a concentration in History. Inter American University Campus, “San Germán”, acquired her Masters in Education with a concentration in History.  Recently,  he completed a doctorate in Philosophy,  specializing in Puerto Rican Studies, Center for Advanced Studies of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.  She teaches social sciences at the, “Universidad Interamericana”,  Arecibo Campus.  Some of her research revolves around the participation of women in the Dominican migration to Puerto Rico.  Your satisfaction is to offer readers  are your findings and interpretations of the female profile of the struggle against, Trujillo in the Dominican Republic and in exile in Puerto Rico.  Today is part of a team that is in charge of publishing the history of American University Campus Arecibo.  She loves the earth, man and country.  “I decided to write about the exile of Dominican women in Puerto Rico” and “Why are Dominican?”  Myrna has felt identified with the Dominican woman from the period of 1970, some of the reasons are he has visited poor communities the Dominican Republic and has seen women play there as leaders and are great in different aspects. He had also seen as slighting the work of Dominican women as immigrants in Puerto Rico and all the negative things coming out in the media. “I decided to investigate to see if he could show the positive contributors Dominican women in PR” His first studies were on Dominican immigration to PR from 1980. When he was defined in the doctoral thesis,  his supervisor advised him to retire a little now and trying to see the participation of Dominican women at some point in the story that was a little behind. Thinking of this he realized that all books and tools used for your research, talked about the immigration of those from the years 1961 and fell the dictatorship of, Rafael Leonidas Trujillo on the Dominican Republic and what was said from exile in the Dominican PR during the Trujillo dictatorship, very little. This caused her curiosity and many questions to Myrna and I have to start researching about the exile of Dominican women to PR, giving it a new research topic for his thesis.  At the beginning of his research he began to realize that the topic of the exile of Dominicans PR been masculinized and showed that it was men who had exiled PR  “My job was to investigate whether the front, middle, or behind them were women”  he got a lot of information in the Dominican Republic and PR he helped to conduct their investigation.  During the Trujillo dictatorship, Dominican immigration had the distinction of being constant, especially in time of immigration that is known today, rather than economic in origin, that immigration was primarily political in origin. P.R. exile was by men and women for their political views opposed to the regime installed by Trujillo were forced to leave the country.  By geographic  location P.R. was one of the nation’s most impacted by the exiles and exiled.  The first news of the start of immigration policy, have emphasized that many leaders come out against Trujillo, accompanied by their families.  These stories present women in their role as wives, daughters or a family member, borrow to pay for political asylum and migration with the men.  Once abroad they also faced the challenge of deciding whether or not acting in activities against Trujillo. This decision-making of women to act against the dictatorship was not exclusive but exile in the Dominican Republic, many also fought to Trujillo from ascent to power in 1930. Female participation in the development of the struggle against the Trujillo dictatorship and the risky role that some women took against Trujillo in the Dominican Republic and in exile in PR are issues that historiography has not considered and only mentioned in history a female another without giving much importance.  During the dictatorship of Trujillo it were women who discovered the dictator’s manipulative intentions and rose against him from the beginning of his mandate.  These women were shaken by fear and uncertainty. The anguish of them and their families was one of the methods used by the regime to terrorize and control the opposition.  Some women were forced to go back and forth trying to know the whereabouts of the men in his family who were victims of arrest, imprisonment, torture, disappearances and deaths.  Due to the absence of men, women accounted for sustaining the family and take the reins of the household, performing various maneuvers to stay financially and emotionally.  In addition, many women resisted the dictatorship, some participated in a conspiracy to kill Trujillo, taking messages or giving their home to clandestine meetings, others hiding in their homes conspired persecuted by the regime.  There were those in the roles of mothers,  wives,  daughters and sisters were humiliated to seek clemency to the authorities, several to protect a loved one had to satisfy the whims love of Trujillo and his henchmen. The way of dictatorship trying to crush women and take advantage of this was mixed, female militancy against Trujillo took place mainly in the underground,  so most of the documents and memories of the time did not include their participation and reinforce their invisibility yet still survive some of these women who resisted the Trujillo dictatorship. Myrna Herrera completed his doctoral thesis and concluded its investigation with the book “Dominican Women, 1930-1961: Anti-Trujillo and Exiled in Puerto Rico

Myrna Herrera answering audience questions

Book of Myrna Herrera, after investigation

Five Days with our Homeland

Five Days with our Homeland

Sasha González Velázquez

March 29, 2011

Format: Hourglass

Five Days with our Homeland, is an educational agricultural fair held at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez (UPRM). It consists of live music, animal exhibitions, crafts sold by artisans, locally grown organic products, typical foods and more. It’s held every year from March 15th to the 19th.

This fair is brought to us by the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the UPRM. It’s only held in the Mayaguez campus; therefore it’s widely visited not only by local schools, but also by other UPR campuses. As afore mentioned, many artisans come yearly to this fair to sell crafts and products that range from paintings and handmade soaps, to homemade foods including goat cheese, deserts and locally grown organic fruits.

“This is a great opportunity to expose our talents and our products in Puerto Rico where most of the merchandise of everyday use is imported from other countries” said Ziomara Serrano, who attends the event each year to sell hand painted t-shirts and handmade accessories.

The fair is held on the walking path area near the Mangual Coliseum building in Mayaguez campus. When arriving, the first thing you may notice are the food stands which sell a variety of snacks ranging from pizza to “pinchos”, a very popular chicken and plantain skewer, but probably the food stand with the longest lines is the sweeties food stand. There are many food stands with many options to choose from.

As you walk further into the area you’ll find the artisans tents and right to the left there’s even a massage tent with very economic massaging chairs. At the back of the tents there are plants sellers, pet sellers and even a stable with cows, pigs, horses and goats. At the artisans tent a seller approached me selling handmade soaps made from fruit and soothing aromatic oils; as the seller stated “the soaps are great for people with sensitive skin who can’t use regular soaps due to harsh chemicals”.

This year the fair was visited by numerous groups of local schools and colleges. Another fun and unique add to this year fair was the inflatable houses, climbing walls for kids and even bungee jumping.

The Five Days with our Homeland fair has many positive aspects for our local artisans and farmers and for the local economy, but not everything is rosy. In this case the bad aspect is that like in previous years the area where the fair is held ends dirty, polluted and sometimes without grass due to people walking on it.

Also the roots of the trees are being damaged by people stepping on them and by the tables and tents sometimes being nailed to them. “Every year people litter trash on the grass, it’s like they’re too lazy to walk to the nearest trashcan; and we have to come try to clean the mess after the fair” said Julio Ruiz, a student from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at UPRM. The student said some professors offer bonus points to the students who help clean and restore the area.

Also, as stated by another student, this fair was on the merge of being canceled permanently in 2008 due to people trying to protect the trees in the area. “They were trying to avoid further damage to the trees in the zone” said the student, also from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. The closure did not occur thanks to the initiative of professors and students who volunteered to help clean after the event; they even planted new trees to try to ease the effect of the deforestation that had to be done previously to the construction of the walking path around the fair.

Bonsais for sale at Five Dais with our Homeland fair.

Not one more!

By: Gabriela Medina

With yellow lights lighting them to attract the audience attention two characters are presented. The taxi driver looks at the bride who runs away with a face of disgust and revulsion while she tells him of her suffers.

As part of the eighth National Colloquium on Women held in week 5 to April 7, 2011 students from the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez donated their time and talent in creating a play where the mistreatment as well as the rebellion in women is expressed.

The National Colloquium on Women is held since 1997 and born in the same University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez result of a group of teachers and students who wanted to make a difference and fight to aware the people of the women mistreatment especially the university community, for many fruit and hope for a better future.

The play is the story of a taxi driver who is overwhelmed by the presence of several women with different life histories.

Behind closed doors but without a space to sit the play begins with a performance of a successful and presumed woman who failure in the relationship with her son. On this subject Mrs. Norma I. Santiago Aviles said, “being a mother is very worrying to see that such things happen in society”.

Consecutively to this is dramatized the role of a young lady who runs traumatized and helpless because she was about to commit one of the biggest mistakes of her life, marrying without love because this one corresponds not to a man but a woman. When exiting the cab comes with lots of shopping bags another women who said she knew of any relationship between man and woman because she had so much experience in her seven marriages. Identifying and describing the couples on the street the driver took brake in time for you to see her face hidden by sunglasses bit up brutally.

Other lady plays the role of a mother who kills her son thinking she could save him of the drug world and then the successful and presumed woman died because of a struggle with her son.

It is very sad to see the way in which we live. It’s our job to love one another. How there could be people who commit these crimes full of violence. Everything becomes a vicious circle because when listening others take this example. We must stop this cycle is everyone’s job and this is a very good initiative, said Angela Ortiz.

We do not react to the news, inhuman as the day to day situations. We do not know when we can form part of the cycle and stop being just than spectators. It is a very worrying situation and we must take it to work, said Norma I Santiago Aviles.

The drama ends with the acting of the character of a young college girl who decides to take over courage and strength to finish the chain of abuse of women related in the chronicles of the character of the taxi driver.

The audience at the edge of the seats by the tremendous scene so realistic and with so much emotion in which the young college girl for her life fights with the driver consequence of discovering the corpse of his wife hidden for days at the trunk of the car.

“The language used by the character of the taxi driver was very uncomfortable but not too far from what is reality, these workers who are all day on the street speak as well, “says Ms. Angela Ortiz.

At the end of the play there was a session open to questions and statements on the work where people expressed their feelings on the subject.

The National Colloquium on women is always a success in all places where it has been held and this time was no exception. Artists, activists, researchers and educators from Puerto Rico and the exterior part in this activity by presenting and discussing proposals and struggles. With activities like conferences of women testimonies, art exhibitions and performances themes related to women like literature, sexuality, work, violence and more were expressed.  This year dedicated to Natalia Sánchez López student who died last May 2010 at a meeting held at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez.

I think that this is the way we can prevent this types of problem, making humanity reflex and think about it and spreading the message that violence is not a solution, said Angela Ortiz.

It was a very good idea of the university’s involvement in this issue by educating the people and even more opening doors that have been closed by the secrets of many, said Norma I. Santiago Aviles.

At the end of the play the actress shared thoughts and opinion of the women mistreatment. Many were surprise when acting the scenes.

One day without shoes!

By: Gabriela Medina

Students from all kind of departments join the activity “One Day Without Shoes”. The expression on the students face demonstrates their pleasure participating in the activity.

On Tuesday April 5, 2011 million of people around the world had decided to join in together and share the experience of being as title the event “One day without shoes”. This event form part of the mission of Blake Mycoskie of getting a pair of shoes to every child around the world who walks miles everyday without shoes. On January 2006 in a visit to Argentina Mycoskie discover the enormous necessity of shoes for children over this place.

The past Tuesday, April 5, 2011 students from The University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez (UPRM) join to million of people around the world without shoes. In solidarity with the children around the world who daily walk miles without shoes to get to school or fetch water and food to survive.

The company TOM’S founded by Mycoskie on his trip to Argentina has sold about 70.000 thousand pairs of shoes and footwear turn the same number of children. As its logo mention “One for one” its purpose is to fit a child with each pair of shoes sold.

The project was called “Shoes for tomorrow”. Mycoskie has provided shoes to children from Ethiopia, Argentina and Africa and their META is to get 300,000 children around the world with shoes.

“This is a great job I hope many children around the world may have the opportunity to have a pair of shoes”, said Hilda Calderon.

Sent to all college students, through their university email the activity was announced the same day in the morning. Participation became apparent through the passing of the day. At least two or three persons in each classroom were participating in the activity.

UPRM students showed enthusiasm and participation in the activity. Some by solidarity and others to support the need in their countries as pointed out the student Jose Miguel native from Guatemala with his expression, “I participate in the activity because I’m from Guatemala and I have understood that they help the children of my country.”

Many do not have a pair of shoes TOM’S for its high cost but they think this was a very good activity in which to provide a bit to fit the mission of these children.

“My experience occurring during the participation, the activity has been very painful I would not recommend this to anyone”, said Hilda Calderon.

“These children feel a great joy when he delivered his shoes I can not imagine it would feel this way”, said Linette de la Rosa.

Together with the message announcing the activity was a video explaining the mission of Mycoskie. This explains how the company is founded and that this gives a pair of shoes for each child. For many I was a very good explanation for the activity and its purposes.

“Mycoskie had an excellent idea for these kids because I imagine they spend a lot of need”, said Jose Miguel.

This was the first time the activity was celebrated at the university. Many loved participating on such one and desire to make it again although it was very painful.

Back to its roots

Andres A. Pagan

Style:  Informative

Back to its roots

The 8th edition of the national women colloquium is going to be held at the University

of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (UPRM) campus from April 5 to April 7 of 2011. Returning itself

to its home born place, where everything was started in 1997 under the influence of a couple of

professors who at the moment wanted to make a difference and show to the public the injustice

that are happening in Puerto Rico against women. These group of professor and students made

to give out a message saying that men and women are equals and should be treated as equally in

any kind of decision, and that women have the same rights than any other person has.

This 8th edition of the colloquium is taking place for the third time in the UPRM, place

where it all started. In 1997 the professor Nestor Rodriguez made a group of friends and

colleagues to fight for the rights of women. They start of as a small group back at 1997 but as

the year pass the participation of people at the colloquium keeps growing and each time there is

more people willing to fight against these injustices. At the beginning with their small funds

they manage to get a small house call “siempre vivas” for women.

The colloquium has not only been a way to send out a message but another way to attract

people to come to the UPRM. Luisa Sejo Maldonado was one of the victims of this charm, as

soon as she heard that there was being a feminist movement being created in the UPRM, she felt

the need to go and learn more and join these group of people. Luisa was a great tool at the

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violence and injustices against women. This group created call “siempre vivas” is the only

group of the UPR of this kind, and it takes volunteer students to go out and help women that are

being victims of domestic violence having already various centers scattered around in the area.

Under this year edition of the colloquium “Ni una mas” the main subject is the absurd

raise in domestic violence in the country and how everyone is able to help just learning from

how bad it is to be surrounded by domestic violence. The main goal of this colloquium is to

have the people think over all the ways that woman are being victims of violence just because of

genre and to challenge them to make a difference. The UPR student movement leader Adriana

Mullero was given the opportunity to make way for this great activity to start, she will give the

opening speech and presentation at the library chamber A.

During these three days as part of the colloquium there will be there will be a long list of

activities inclunding workshop, art expositions, film proyections and performances.

In the afternoon of April 7 there was given a presentation called:

Monólogos de la violencia: crónicas de un taxista en una noche ocupada. This play inspired

from “La Gaviota” by Antón Chejov was created by a group of students from the humanities

department. This was the last presentation of the colloquium and making it a very successful

one having full capacity at “El Teatrito” in Ch – 122. I asked Lucianne Millan about her

experience working in the play and she said: “this has been one the most important play I have

taken place in, one that I felt it meant something more than just standing in front of a crowd and

doing a roll, it feels right being able to show some of the problems that are common in the

society and exposing them”. After the play had ended I found Dorian Calendario student from

electrical engineering and Carolina Sabatter from industrial engineering and they both said that

the play was a successful because it did a great job showing how people can be driven to do stuff

and how easy women can be taken in advantage. After the play it was time already for the

closure of this very successful 8th national women colloquium and as a part of it the group of

coordinators told the people about their experience during it and continue to encourage the

people to go out and spread the word out talk about this event so each time more people come

and educate.

8 colloquium about women

Javier O Morales

April 12, 2011

Prof. Jocelyn A. Gelica

Eng 3268 Sec.86

            Personality

One of the biggest events in the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (UPRM) the colloquium about women (Coloquio de la mujer). This event was born in Mayaguez in 1977 by a couple of students and professorsThe purpose of this event was to expose the new ideas that women present and to fight for their rights in the society.

Mirla R. Torres Rosado a former second year student in the Department of Psychology in the University of Puerto Rico Ponce said “I had never heard of El coloquio de la mujer, but it’s an event that not only should take place in the UPR but around the island, so that people continue to grow in wisdom for our own good.

This year the UPRM celebrated the 8 colloquium about women, most of the topics in El coloquio de la mujer are about domestic violence but not only do they talk about that, they were also looking for solution and ways to make people consider how to put an end to this situation.

“If we start to focus on the small children, those that are growing, the next generation and we instruct them and teach them the right manners and thought, the domestic violence will almost completely vanish  because they will know the way to differentiate between good and bad” said Mirla Torres.

“El coloquio de la mujer is also an event where people reflect about how we can stop all these kinds of violence towards women” said Jocelyn Gelica Vargas a member of the Committee Coordinator of El Coloquio.

“Definitely we all need to think about all the violence towards women, but again I reiterate the children who are growing are the ones who are going to stop this and we must also instruct couples who are young so they can have the opportunity to grow with their children in every aspect” said Mirla Torres.

Ricia Chansky the sub-director of the English Department at the UPRM was one of the people who were given a presentation of the rights of women in the colonies vs. women that are not in the colonies. In her topic she was talking about Jamaican women that studied in her homeland education, but she then move to England and she couldn’t act as professional educator.

To Mirla this is something that really pisses her off, because “why do people studied and make they finish their professional carrier in other places so that when they finish they can’t developed in the place they want just because his other diploma is not valid in that place. Why the councilor or someone ask the person where do they want to make their life? So they can tell if he or she is capable of finish the carrier there. And this is a problem that not only affected the women it also affect the men.

“The problem is that most of the man are interested in money an no nothing else, I dare to said that we women are not that interest in money, maybe that is way we make less money than men because we will throw away $1 million just for the sake and benefit of 2 people. I know that are few men that will do that.”

“I’m not against men because I recognize that lot of them do great thing in this world and that they do anything to make it better, but the problem is that not all of them have the guts to confront or to yell a man that disrespect just like we do. The reason is that most of them fear other men because they are “bichote del barrio” the baddest in the neighborhood.” said Mirla.

 

A pregnant woman and a one of the reason for her not to win equal or more money than a man.

 

 

 

A woman fighting for her rights in her society and the right to speak equal to others.

Different Voices for a Common Goal

By Eric J. Santiago Correa

On April 5th to 7th, 2011 in the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus (UPRM) was celebrated the 8vo Coloquio nacional de mujeres (8th National colloquium of Women) entitled: ¡Ni una más! for three days in various annexes, amphitheaters and facilities of the university. The colloquium was dedicated to the student Natalia Sanchez Lopez (1988-2010). The objective was to make proposals, reflect and fight against violence to the women.

From 3:15 to 3:30 PM of Wednesday 6 started a section in the Annex entitled “Women, sexuality and work,” consisted of three speakers. At the beginning was Sylvia Lopez with the theme “Life stories of successful lesbians and their implications in the counseling process”. The second theme was “What is love? Art, Instinct, Emotion, Need, Brain, Chemistry, Feeling.” By Serena Anderlini and the last one in this part was Jose Castro with the theme “Good leadership in the social go-ahead”.

Mrs. Lopez the first one in this panel was the only person in the activity that presented the issue of lesbianism in all its criteria in this colloquium. As a student she saw at first hand through her doctoral thesis how the lesbian women in the majority of the cases passed through the process of discrimination and marginalization in the realization of their lives in the work or in the society.

“A reality like that in our society is evident every day and we need to understand and get this as a fact,” she said.

She proposes to do more research on lesbianism in Puerto Rico because it is a topic that is not given too much emphasis like the theme of gay men which she says that is easier to discuss. Lopez concludes that this population should be greater awareness and support to defend their peculiarities.

After that Mr. Jose Castro offered his speech “good leadership in the social go-ahead”. He said that the leadership must be supported on a personal level, promoted to family, work teams, studies and university. With all this points together we have to start a new mission in the world and life approaching to a renewal of good administration based on planning for productivity.

“The main objective of the colloquium is to establish a public policy which states that human development must be disposed of sexist attitudes,” Castro said.

The people must want a leadership inward (as a person, do and in my profession). Is important that leadership transcends beyond what is intended or is to be outward, with the environment.

See college-aged people interested in these issues that are important to our society because they reveal the behavior of our culture. Besides that helps the knowledge on topics as relevant for a better future as a country.

Different people from different countries and different cultures have much to say about woman’s issues because no matter concerns the nationality all are women. This can be witnessed very clear when Mr. Castro and Mrs. Lopez as both are of different nationalities and different sexes but have the same goal and concept to express their views on women and how their findings and studies can serve others.

“The conference generally has the object of educate people about what is the figure of the woman in this society. The goal is to educate people about what is sexuality. How important is not to discriminate against people by specific gender issues as women and as lesbian that would have a double-double discrimination and prejudice and a negative effect oneself. The women are equally important like men and can be as successful as them.”Said Sharon Tosa a fifth year student of Psychology.

At the afternoon, Awilda Rodriguez presented a performance called “Mama Awilda: El Duet”, consisted of three parts, which were usually separated but for this activity she decided to present it together.  “The presentation isn’t easy because since this performance is full of many emotions of my live it was very difficult and painful” she said.

The first part was based on the interest of Awilda to her mother to accept their sexuality and her queer couple. She express how she feel about her life and she express everything through her corporal movement.

She understands her mother when she gifts a journal of 25 years of marriage with her father. This was the hardest part because she met her father through the eyes of his mother and known stories never told.

On the last part Awilda, learns to love as it is, love yourself. She feels very proud and grateful to her mother because she supports her in everything.

All these events in their history are presented with his body. The television represents her mother because she cannot be with her all the time. She presents her mother like a very important part of her life. This is why she always interacts with the television.

The colloquium is an effective way to raise awareness in our society. This is why this activity is so important and more when it is among college-aged people which will in the future leaders of the country and the example for new generations. That promotes gender equality and support equality in our country to progress.

No Electric Service on the Campus

by: Eric J. Santiago Correa

Some buildings of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus (UPRM) had no electricity service from March 14th  to march 16th  a couple of days because a electric breakdown in the campus.

In the morning of the Monday March 14th the students went to the university as usually and found that there were no classes in the buildings of Physics, Sanchez Hidalgo and old housing. Most of the classroom did not have appropriate ventilation and light and so, the professors understood there were not any possibilities to give classes.

In these buildings besides the Physics and Economics classes professors also teach other subjects such as Pre- Calculus, Calculus, Geology, Social and Politic Sciences causing some students lost different classes each day.

This electric breakdown last two days on that week the Monday and the Tuesday and so, students lost even five hours of classes in that week. Losing all this time may cause a poor academic achievement for students that took those classes.

Steven Santos a fourth year student of Civil Engineering called is taking two classes on those buildings. I ask him about this problem and how these affect his academic achievement?

“I lost the classes of Physics and Geology on two consecutive days, which means that this will have repercussions on the material that have been covered on the course. Most likely the professor will say that we read the material ourselves or simply he will continue with the material that we lost, it means that at the end of the semester the amount of material that is supposed to be given in this class will not be complete. The most probable situation is that the classes that we miss will be necessary for the course. This situation will affect me a lot because I need to listen the professors to understand the material better and faster,” Steven said.

While many others thought that the damage to the electrical system of the building was so serious, but it should have been fixed immediately. The education was affected but since the damages were so critical, it is understandable that the repairs took more than one day.

After the first day some professors took the initiative to cancel the classes in advance sending a notification via e-mail. This helped greatly the students because they had the opportunity to use their free time knowing that there is no class.

At the end, on March 15, the administration of the UPRM contacted the people and notified everyone via email saying that an extraordinary failure of high voltage cables has been affecting the service of electricity in the buildings of Physics, Sanchez Hidalgo and old homes. They also said that in order to make the appropriate connection and correct the fault, the electric service had to be discontinued in the New Building of Professors the same day, from 6:00 pm.

The problem caused to the students goes beyond a breakdown in electricity.This situation was caused because of the lack of communication between the administration, professors and students. If this were effective, temporary classrooms had been assigned to teach different classes in order to help the students.

Finally, as said by the administration of the university the problem was fixed on Tuesday, March 15 in the afternoon and there were classes the next day. Being that a good advance for the affected students as they could replace missed classes and catch up on overdue material. It’s expected that on future occasions the university authorities will have the wisdom to alert the student population in order to avoid these problems.

Women deserve credit too!

Women deserve credit too!

April 11, 2011

Liza Cristina Ramos Perez

Myrna Herrera Mora speaking at the presentation " Las mujeres en la lucha democratica en el exilio dominicano"

In the afternoon of April 7 during the Eighth National Colloquial of Women celebrated in the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez campus (UPRM) a wise woman was recluted to give a chat about how women in the Dominican Republic were also involved in the fight for independence. Instead of being a monotonous chat about history she made it feel more like a conversation between her and her peers. She talked about her research and investigation as if she was giving out her most valuable treasure. She invited you to take a trip with her through history.

This year the UPRM  is celebrating the Eight National Colloquial of  Women. Each year the abuse against women in Puerto Rico grows, and associations and people look for ways to make people take conscience of this problem and put their little grain of sand to avoid it. The UPRM started celebrating this event bringing intelligent and wise women from around the island to hold on chats and seminaries about important women throughout history. As means so that we can acknowledge our true value.

Myrna Herrera Mora was appointed to give a presentation on April 7 at 1:45pm about the involvement of women in the democratic fight for independence in the Dominican Republic. The room was not completely filled, almost all the seats where empty but that did not discourage her. A small but elegant woman stood in the podium and invited the audience to “take a cup” of black coffee with her and listen to her journey. She did an investigation about women in the Dominican Republic who were involved in the fight against the dictator Trujillo. She traveled back and forth to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico so many times just to get information and evidence for her investigation. She showed her thrill and excitement every time she mentioned a time where she discovered something new. She expressed herself like a little girl who was given a brand new doll house.

She talked about how women had to take charge of the house hold when the men were prisioned or killed. How they would hide the men in their houses and hold secret meetings of the society against Trujillo. She also talked about how they suffered physically and emotionally when they had to give sexual favor to the dictator and his peers in order to survive. She pointed out that women had a big part in this revolution against Trujillo; and that thanks to them they gained rights, like the right to vote they won on 1940’s.

She shared that through connections she made in the Dominican Republic she had the opportunity to visit some of the women who were alive at the time and eat with them while they each shared their stories and even shared with her some articles of plays and events they had worked on at the time. Myrna jumped with excitement while she said “they had no idea of the meaning those scripts had for me! I would have paid anything for them!” her face turned all red and her voice got jittery when she described how happy and important she felt when she had coffee with this women. She said that although it was expensive for her to go through with the investigation in the end it was all worth it. Not only did she finished the investigation, Myrna also made contributions to some associations here in the island that were kind enough to make copies of the documents the women let her borrow.

What Myrna was basically showing or demonstrating in her presentation was not only that woman had an important part in the fight against Trujillo; but that behind every historical moment there could be other women just like the ones in the Dominican Republic involved. That the possibilities of women around the world achieving such great things maybe unknown. Maybe people will never know them unless another brave and courageous person like Myrna takes time to study and investigate them.

A quote Myrna Herrera used in the presentation about women fighting in the Dominican Republic.

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