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Volume 16, Number 3 - May 2008

Students spend Spring Break in Mexico

Colonials are State Champs
Students, faculty and staff get an up-close look at Mérida, México

Agroup of 19 students and seven faculty and staff members from Community College of Philadelphia participated in a cultural workshop in Mérida, México, during spring break, March 1--8.The purpose of the workshop was to introduce the students to México, both past and present. During their stay in the colonial capital of the state of Yucatán, the students visited an indigenous center that focuses on human rights.They toured the Governor’s Palace in central Mérida, where they saw the powerful murals of Mayan life painted by the internationally known Yucatecan artist Fernando Castro Pacheco.The College group also traveled to nearby Mayan villages to get a taste of rural life in modern day México. They shopped in village markets, ate at local restaurants and toured an agricultural school. Visits to ancient Mayan temples at Uxmal and Chichén Itzá provided insight into México’s precolonial past.