Noche de Fiesta lights up J.C. with cultural excitement


On Saturday, March 30, at 9 p.m., Latinos for Christ hosted “Noche de Fiesta” with food, music and dancing filling the atrium of the J.C. Williams Center.

At the beginning of the night, the stage — or rather, the atrium — was alive with streamers strung over the dance floor, the Latinos for Christ poster hung and food being rushed into the building. While the event only started with a handful of students, the atrium was full of people dancing, talking and eating when it got into full swing.

When there was not dancing, there were many games. In the middle of the event, a game of limbo was started with students lining up to try to go under the ever-lowering bar.

At the end of the night, the event was concluded with a game of trying to break open a pinata. While a student dangled and moved it from the upper level, blindfolded students stumbled around trying to hit it and break it open. Eventually, the pinata broke open and everyone rushed to get the candy.

The night was full of elements of Hispanic culture. For the food, taquitos and Mexican rice were served. For the music, the night featured songs like “El Baile del Beeper,” “Vivir Mi Vida” and “El Perdón.”

The night showed the diversity of Franciscan University of Steubenville’s campus. Students and alumni of all ethnicities showed up at the event to enjoy the time to meet, eat and dance. The event illustrated the motto displayed on Latinos for Christ’s poster: “There’s a little bit of brown in everyone.”

Students appreciated the opportunity to destress and share in Hispanic culture. Junior Timothy McDonald said that he has appreciated Latinos for Christ’s presence on campus, especially at the “Noche de Fiesta.” McDonald said that “I’ve made some friends, so it’s been really fun … to experience another culture.”