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 Author: almilligan
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:15 am 
This is an excerpt from a WNMU press release:

“One of WNMU’s oldest student organizations, MEChA had been dormant for a few years until Chaffino, and colleagues Dr. Magdaleno Manzanares, Dr. Felipe Ortego, and Dr. Miguel Narvaez revived it.

Membership grew from 10 to 21 students this semester, partially because Chaffino began requiring Mariachi Plata members to participate. “They need to know their culture, mariachi’s history, and the role they play in continuing the legacy,” he said”.

Chaffino is the director of the Mariachi Plata.

Should students be required to participate in a university club in order to be a member of the Mariachi group? It pains me that a faculty member at Western thinks it is appropriate to the take away the right of students to associate with whom they want.

It’s, also, disturbing that a senior administrator such as Dr. Manzanares stood by and allowed it to happen.

I have nothing against MEChA or any other student organization, but students should join because they want to join, they should not be coerced by those in power.


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