Campus celebrates the Day of the Dead

by Staff Writer Hannah Zimmer

Dia de los Muertos is a celebration in Latin culture to honor and remember those who have died. Students at UNA celebrated Dia de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead, Friday night at the Memorial Amphitheater.

Student Government Association, Diversity Student Ambassadors, Hispanic Culture Organization and the Art Club organized the event.

It included activities such as face painting and a DIY flower crown station for those who came to celebrate the Day of the Dead.

The festivities also included authentic churros, free of charge, for those who attended the event.

Some people made memory boxes to commemorate their loved ones.

The box can have anything in it that reminds a person of a loved one, said HCO President Mai Anne Curott.

DJ Figz played Latin music at the event, and the music inspired a dancing competition among the people in attendance.

“The music was great,” said sophomore Ciara Booker. “It made me want to get up and dance.”

Along with all of the other activities that happened at the Day of the Dead event, the organizers also awarded prizes.

Those who won the dance competition were given gift cards. The student organizations also awarded three Crosley Cruiser turntables to the winner of an Instagram competition.

“There’s a Hispanic culture vibe here,” Booker said. “This event has been really nice.”

Organizers of the event hope to encourage an inclusive and respectful campus through events such as the Dia de los Muertos celebration.

“We want everyone to know we respect them here at the University of North Alabama, and we just want everyone to have fun,” said SGA Treasurer Nikki Mathews.