Discrepancies found in the economic status of the Latino population in Long Beach presented to City Council Tuesday.
The Cal State Long Beach 27th Chicano Latino Graduation introduced a second ceremony to accommodate the high volume of Latino graduates. The two ceremonies took place at the Walter Pyramid on Sunday. Both ceremonies totaled nearly 700 students, though the total number of Latino graduates is upwards of 3,000 students, according to Latino Student Union Vice President Emelyne Camacho. Camacho is a Chicano and Latino Studies major who spearheaded the organization of the ceremonies. “The students don’t have to help, but I feel like if it wasn’t for the students trying to help out … there wouldn’t be these little details in the ceremony,” Camacho said. Various Latino student organizations such as La Raza Student Organization, Hispanic Student Business Association and the Chicano Latino Studies Student Association contributed to the planning for both graduations under the umbrella of LSU, which is responsible for putting together the ceremony and performances. A handful of those details came to light in the performances that took place before the ceremony. The performances included Los Graduados de Playa Larga, a Norteno group composed of four CSULB students, as well as Grupo Folklorico Mexica CSULB. Camacho said that both performers were chosen partly because student organizers
Two volunteers stepped forward from the crowd, and the man with the microphone handed them an elongated black, zip-closed bag with clothes inside. They fumbled to unzip it and took turns pulling out the bag’s contents one by one to dress the naked mannequin: a hat, a dress shirt, suspenders, wide-legged trousers that gathered at the bottom and a long coat. Slowly, it became clear that the ensemble made up a zoot suit. “The Pachucas and Pachucos had their own unique style,” Chicano and Latino studies professor Nicholas Centino told the crowd at the first Pachuca Swing event presented by the Chicana/o Latina/o Studies Student Association on Friday evening. The association held the fundraiser at the Soroptomist House on campus. The event was free of charge under one condition: no suit, no swing. For one night, the backyard of the Soroptomist House became a scene from the ‘40s. Jazz music blared as fedora-capped men adorning zoot suits with chains danced with ladies rocking pompadour up-dos. Contests clarified who was the “most firme,” a Chicano slang term meaning cool, with titles awarded to Most Firme Pachuca, Most Firme Pachuco and Most Firme Couple. The association sold traditional Mexican foods such as