Last updated on February 1, 2016
By Blake Bouza// Contributing Writer
Volunteer State will be holding its annual Hispanic Heritage Quiz Bowl on Sept. 16 in the Cafeteria room at 12:45 in the afternoon.
The quiz bowl will be played Jeopardy-style and will feature three rounds. “I would hope that it would attract, really, everybody. Spanish students and other students who speak languages other than English as a first language. Anybody that would want to know more about other cultures.” Said Michelle Vandiver-Lawrence, Vol State’s own Spanish professor and moderator of the bowl.
Questions will range anywhere from within Hispanic culture, from geography to music. Vandiver-Lawrence hopes it will be a learning opportunity for students wanting to know more about Hispanic culture in general. “It [the questions] can cover pretty much anything relating to the culture,” she said.
Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 – Oct. 15. Vol State will be offering other events that celebrate the diversity of Hispanic culture all month. Hispanic Heritage Celebration is on Oct. 7 where students will be presenting projects and art.
The Hispanic Fall Fiesta on Oct. 17. “It’s really for the Hispanic community so you don’t even have to go to Vol State,” said Vandiver-Lawrence.
Vandiver-Lawrence urges as many students to attend as possible because the need to understand other cultures is so great. “We have to live with each other. There are subcultures we live with on a daily basis.”
“If you can only deal with the people in your subculture, how will you ever survive outside of your own community? Not even just races but also religions and all kinds of stuff that make us different from each other. If I can’t communicate with people that are different from me I won’t be able to function in society,” said Vandiver-Lawrence.
The bowl typically lasts no more than a half hour so Michelle advises timeliness in getting to the event. “It’s amazing,” she said of the opportunities Vol State offers both to its students and the community at large. “We have so many people that are so committed.”