“It’s to make people aware of the different cultures and the 20 different Hispanic countries”, said Lucy Gonzalez, Program Council’s Hispanic Heritage Chair.Monday at 11 a.m. in the mall area, Program Council and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Services had a Mariachi band, cake, punch and T-shirts for students, in order to spread awareness about the start of Hispanic Heritage month. “I think it shows school spirit, and it also shows how diverse the campus is,” said senior Stephanie Carrasco. On display were items associated with the Hispanic culture. Things such as maracas, a guitar, a flute, a colorful blanket and a sombrero were all there as a symbol of Hispanic heritage.”It’s actually the first year programs are going on throughout the whole month”, said Gonzalez. Events include guest speaker, Vincent Ramos, from the League of United Latin American Citizens(LULAC) on Sept. 24, at 5 p.m. in the Olson theater, and a movie night in the LSC Theater at 7 p.m. A Hispanic Faculty and Staff mixer on Oct. 1, will be held in the LSC in Room 320 at 4:30 p.m. Guest speaker Ruben Gonzalez will talk about Olympic inspirations on Oct. 8, in the LSC theater at 7 p.m. and on Oct. 13, there will be free snow cones in the LSC mall area at 11 a.m. Each event is co-sponsored by different organizations around campus. Those organizations include the SAM Center, Elliot T. Bowers Honors Program, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc., Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Inc., NAACP, Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc., the International Hispanic Association, Sigma Lambda Beta-Lambda Beta and Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc.For more information about these programs call you can call Program Council at 294-1763.