Will UNH Students Change Cinco de Mayo As We Know it?
May 5th, the last Saturday before classes end at the University of New Hampshire has typically been referred to as Cinco de Drinko. This year, one group wants to change the conversation towards Unity.
Reported first by Seacoast Online, May 5th will take on a different meaning this year. The event, a first of it's kind, will focus on celebrating the day as a community. Dean of Students John T. Kirkpatrick announced in an email last week that students, staff, faculty and town leaders are working together to “craft a day and a way for all of us to serve our community this year.”
The day starts at 11am, with a Blue/White Spring UNH Football game at the stadium, the Half Naked Whole Mile run beginning at 11:30 a.m. to benefit the Echo Thrift Shop, service activities starting at 1 p.m., and a cookout hosted by student athletes at 4 p.m.
Reported in the article, last year, videos with students wearing serapes and sombreros at Cinco de Mayo celebrations that angered students of color and set off a series of racist incidents.