The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 11, 1991 - Page 7
by Karen Pier
Daily Staff Reporter
What's in a name?
A To the Latino/Latina community
it means a great deal.
This matter was discussed at
Friday's Latino/Latina Studies Pro-
gram Friday Forums as participants
asked what term should be used to
call people whose descent is from
Adjunct Visiting Professor
Teresa Koreck said one problem
with finding a term is that the
#nainstream society in the U.S. la-
bels minority groups - thus
marginalizing the people and their
The minority, she said, is often
forced to use a term which is created
by the mainstream, and therefore is
deprived of the opportunity to de-
fine their own identity.
She said that all ethnic groups go
A through a social process of defining
*boundaries of otherness, grappling
with understanding who belongs
and who does not belong to the
For example, at the conference,
Mercedes Rubio, a first-year gradu-
ate student in Sociology, talked
about how she was not dark enough
to be accepted by the Latinos and
Latinas at her school, but teased be-
Fause of her accent.
Understanding the mainstream
culture's theory of how minorities
are labelled can be very hard, Koreck
said. She quoted British sociologist
Philip Corrigan, who said,
"Learning to know is learning to be
Two widely used terms for those
whose ancestors came from Spanish-
speaking countries are Hispanic and
*atino and Latina. Both have prob-
lems, Koreck said.
The word Hispanic emphasizes.
too much on the Spanish aspect, Ko-
However, the terms Latino and
Latina are not perfect either, she
The terms "Latino and Latina"
were not coined by the
Latino/Latina community, but by
ihe French, Koreck said.
In a later interview, Koreck also
said that the terms "Latino" and
"Latina" were too generic.
Silvia Pedraza, a Sociology and
American Culture faculty member,
said another problem with the these
terms is that they are gender spe-
Martin Luther King Day
theme looks into future
by Chastity Wilson
Daily Staff Reporter
The Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Day planning committee renamed
College of Engineering Director of
Academic Services Anne Monterio
and Natural Sciences Associate Prof.
Bunyun Bryant, Jr., co-chairs to or-
ganize next year's celebration. The
day's theme will be, "The Path of
Empowerment: Redfining Our
"Futuring," or discussing what
improvements should be made for
the future, is one of the main pur-
poses of the activities, Monterio
said. These activities involve taking
broad topics such as education and
politics and "redefining" them,
The committee is also planning
workshops and speeches.
Classes will not meet on Jan. 20,
1992 in recognition of King's birth-
day. Monterio is anticipating a lot of
The events are not necessarily in
celebration of King himself, but the
"principles of MLK in relationship
to our current times," Monterio ex-
plained. The plans and the theme are
relative to King's beliefs, she added.
Jamal Young, of the Office of
Minority Affairs, is the contact for
those departments or organizations
that want to plan an activity in con-
junction with this committee.
Co-chair Bryant was unavailable
A beach home in Nags Head, N.C., lies in the ocean yesterday after an
Atlantic storm hit North Carolina's Outer Banks.
The Office of International Programs
Study Abroad Information Meetings
Academic Year in Uppsala, Sweden
Students will be fully integrated into the Swedish university system.
Monday, November 11, 1991, 5:00 pm
443 Mason Hall
Summer Program in London
Students will earn 5 upper level credits. Students will choose two
of seven classes offered from Drama, Creative Writing, Political
Science, Linguistics, History, and more.
Tuesday, November 12, 1991, 5:00 pm
447 Mason Hall
FREE Seminar on the 1992 MCAT
Thursday, November 14th 7:30 PM
Michigan Union - Anderson Rooms
This Seminar will discuss the format, scoring, and
emphasis of the 1992 MCAT and will provide you
with guidance for improving your MCAT score.
Presented by EXCEL Test Preparation
kt No Charge - All Students Welcome
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