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Here’s Why One Professor In San Diego Started A Course On Selena And Latino Media

Students at San Diego State University might want to brush up on their Selena history as a new class focused on the Late Tejano star is set to be offered next spring. Tuesday, on what would have been her 48th birthday, SDSU announced it will offer a new course dedicated to Quintanilla and her influence on Latino culture. The class will be called “Selena and Latinx Media Representation”and students can begin registering for the course on November 1.

The course will explore Latino identities and socio-cultural representations through Selena’s music and career.

The class will be a celebration of Latino culture and what the Tejano Queen means in terms of representation.

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Dr. Nathian Shae Rodriguez, an assistant professor of digital media at SDSU, advocated for the course and will be the one teaching it. He says the class is more than just about Selena but an overall exploration of her influence on Latino culture.

“She just has this influence on different generations that is still being felt today,” Rodriguez said. “Not just in pop culture but in Latinx culture and I feel that it’s important to have a course that highlights her influence.”

Rodriguez says the class will be divided into two segments, Selena’s life and her influence as a whole. He stresses the cultural impact that she is still having on today’s pop culture scene, most notably in music and in fashion. The timing for the class was also perfect, Rodriguez points out students in this socioeconomic atmosphere are looking representation now more than ever.

“Look at TV and film and she is still being talked about, Netflix is releasing a show on her this year and our students will be dissecting it in real time,” Rodriguez said. “Whether it’s marketing. fashion and music festivals, Selena is more popular than ever.

For students, getting to learn and discuss a star like Selena is important because of the lack of Latino representation today.

Rodriguez, who grew up in Texas just like Selena, says getting to teach the course is special to him. He learned to speak Spanish by listening to Selena’s music and was one of the few mainstream Latinos growing up. The hope is students taking the course will be able to have to critical discussions and lessons on not only Selena but her influence on pop culture as a whole.

Rodriguez adds that the class is important for college-age students, many of them 18-20 years-old, because they didn’t get to experience, first-hand, the peak of Selena’s stardom. He says they may know her music and have seen her film but haven’t had a chance to dissect Selena as an influence on the mainstream scope.

“She was ahead of her time. Her fashion, her music, her personality was so contagious and now people are looking back now and realize how important Selena was,” Rodriguez said. “Her fashion is still relevant now. Cardi B and Bruno Mars just covered her music, She has yet to go out of style.”

This will be the first course in the country that is focused on Selena and her impact.

Rodriguez says the course will be on a trial run next spring will plans to make it a permanent course at SDSU. The class is a collaboration between SDSU’s School of Journalism and Media Studies and the university’s Digital Humanities Initiative.

News of the course being offered has been nothing short of positive from students. Rodriguez says many have told him how important it is to them to see the class being offered.

“People were commenting left and right about how excited they are to learn about themselves,” Rodriguez said. “They’ve basically told me representation matters and this class being offered in a way shows just that. This class isn’t just about a celebrity, its about representation and students being able to see themselves in our world.”

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The Comments in This Photo That Chris Perez Shared of Selena Proves That Her Fandom is Truly Timeless

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The Comments in This Photo That Chris Perez Shared of Selena Proves That Her Fandom is Truly Timeless

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It’s been 24 years since the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla, died. But, that doesn’t stop fans from continuing to honor the legacy of one of the most influential Latina singers in history. On Saturday, Selena’s widower Chris Pérez took to Facebook to share what looked to be a candid photo of Quintanilla dancing on stage with Los Dinos.

The photo shows La Reina de Tejano dancing on stage in full Selena regalia. Decked out in a sparkling green jumpsuit, her hands are raised in the air, clapping along to the beat of the music. In the background of the photo, Pérez is pictured playing his guitar in his signature 90s hairdo and leather pants. 

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This candid snapshot is one of many that fans continue to circulate long after the Latina music superstar has passed. 

In an emotional caption, Pérez expressed his gratitude to the Selena fans who keep her memory alive through sharing memories like the aforementioned photo. Under the post, he waxes nostalgic, writing that “sometimes I come across some fan pics and it feels like this all happened a whole other lifetime ago…on a whole other planet”.

He goes on to praise the legion of Selena fans, saying that he is “grateful” to have shared “moments like this with her, the band, and especially her fans who continue to love her and pass that love on down to the younger generations.”

Pérez finished off his post by telling loyal Selena fans that they kick major ass!”

Pérez’s post obviously resonated with fans. The post racked up almost 30,000 likes and, as of Wednesday, has received over 900 comments. Lifelong fans of Selena’s took to the comments section to share memories of growing up listening to Selena. Some even shared pictures of their own children dancing to Selena’s music or celebrating Selena-themed birthday parties. 

Pérez and Quintanilla’s relationship was complicated from the start, with Selena’s father Abraham famously disapproving of her choice in a boyfriend. Abraham believed that Chris’s bad-boy, hard rock image had the potential to damage Selena’s squeaky-clean image. He even kicked Pérez off of the Selena y Los Dinos tour bus when he found out they were secretly dating. 

The comment section is full of people sharing touching stories about Selena, and the memories they made and continue to make thanks to her. 

All the love in the comments section was further proof that the admiration for Selena Quintanilla is trans-generational. Fans shared all of the powerful ways Selena’s music has touched their lives. One fan wrote, “My younger Daughters requested on Thanksgiving to listen to Selena with their Dad. He played ‘I Could Fall In Love’ and ‘Dreaming Of You’ and they said, ‘I love Selena so much!’. And their Dad said, ‘Daddy does, too! If it wasn’t for Mommy, [we] wouldn’t know of or love Selena, we know of her because Mommy loves her.’”.

This isn’t the first time Chris Pérez has expressed his gratitude for Selena fans. In 2012, he published a book titled “To Selena With Love” that detailed “the touching and sometimes painful memories of their very private bond”. In the book, he wrote that he “knew on some level how popular Selena was, of course, but when she passed away, the outpour of love and support [they] got from the fans stunned [him]”. In “To Selena”, he wrote “Her fans have continued to keep Selena’s memory alive and I am grateful to them for that.”

Selena fans have never been shy about expressing their admiration for the strong and passionate relationship Chriz Pérez and Selena Quintanilla had.

You could even say there are two Selena fan groups: one for her music and another for her relationship with her husband. 

This fan has some thoughts about Pérez’s undying devotion to his late wife: 

It’s true that his actions over the years prove that there will always be a place in his heart for Selena. 

This Selena fan knows what she wants when it comes to #boyfriendgoals.

Girl, same.

This fan is dedicated enough to have looked at both of their astrology charts.

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Further proof that their love was written in the stars. 

This Latina can’t contain her emotions over the story of these star-crossed lovers.

At least we know that Selena’s memory will always live on in her music as well as the hearts of her fans.

San Diego State University Student Dies After Being Hospitalized Following Frat Party

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San Diego State University Student Dies After Being Hospitalized Following Frat Party

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San Diego State University has announced that freshman student Dylan Hernandez died over the weekend. Hernandez, 19, reportedly attended a ‘fraternity event’ Wednesday night. On Thursday morning, Hernandez’s body “was found pulseless and apneic by his roommate in their dorm room,” according to San Diego’s Medical Examiner’s report. Hernandez was transported to Alvarado Hospital on Thursday and died Sunday, surrounded by family from his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida.

All 14 fraternities affiliated with San Diego State University (SDSU) were placed on suspension upon Hernandez’s hospitalization and will remain suspended until further notice. 

Dylan Hernandez is described as an “outgoing, light-hearted and goofy person who had so much love to give to everyone he met.”

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Dylan was an outgoing, light-hearted and goofy person who had so much love to give to everyone he met,” writes GoFundMe organizer Carly Bernado. “He never failed to make everyone in the room smile and his laugh was infectious. He was a first-semester student at San Diego State University. This is being created to raise money to help to create memorials for family and friends as a way to grieve, and remember Dylan for all the lives he was able to touch.”

A GoFundMe for funeral and memorial expenses has raised nearly $29k at the time of publication.

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The fundraiser was seemingly started by Hernandez’s girlfriend, Carly Bernado. Over 800 donations have come in, many of which from SDSU classmates or alumni, seeking to support the family during this difficult time. 

“This young man, Dylan, was my daughter’s next-door neighbor in the dorm at SDSU. He died suddenly this past week,” Maria Bernal Toretta shared on Facebook. “He was a nice, respectable young man who was helpful and kind to my daughter. Please pray for him and for his family; they will be needing many prayers. If you feel inclined to donate to the go fund me account, the link is below. I am truly sorry for this family’s loss.” 

San Diego State’s University Police Department is currently investigating the cause of death.

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“UPD is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident,” University Police said in a statement. “Although the investigation is preliminary, UPD is taking this matter very seriously. As this is an ongoing investigation, UPD cannot provide additional details at this time.” The medical examiner’s office could invite San Diego Police to investigate the case if it rules Hernandez’s death a homicide.

Hernandez reportedly fell off his bunk bed after returning home from a frat party.

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The following morning, Hernandez’s roommate returned to find him unconscious and without a pulse, after suffering a head injury from his fall. His roommate called 911 at 8:49 a.m. Thursday to the sixth floor of Tenochca residence hall. Hernandez was in the midst of pledging to Phi Gamma Delta, one of the fourteen fraternities associated with the Interfraternity Council (IFC). Six of those fraternities were already under suspension and an additional four were under investigation.  SDSU President Adela de la Torre suspended all fourteen IFC fraternities effective Friday, November 8. 

The following day, de la Torre emailed the entire student body urging students with any information to come forward, after university police “uncovered information which alleges that a fraternity was involved in possible misconduct.” Several students told CBS News that Hernadez “over partied,” alluding to overconsumption of alcohol. Hernandez, 19, was below the legal drinking age. Many are demanding an alcohol ban on fraternity property, referring to the injuries and deaths caused by “hazing.”

SDSU President Adela de la Torre said the university will continue offering mental health support to those who are affected.

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In a statement, De La Torre addressed the SDSU community to say, “It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to say that Dylan Hernandez, the student who was hospitalized last week, has passed away. His family gave their goodbyes late Sunday night.” She also acknowledged that Hernandez’s impact on the community was felt and that therapists with Counseling and Psychological Services will continue offering their resources for students, faculty, and staff.

Our hearts go out to the Hernandez family during this difficult time.

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Dylan Hernandez, 19, is survived by his sisters, Julia and Kayla Hernandez, and his parents, Sylvie Laporte Hernandez and Bart Hernandez. “Love you forever buddy,” his sister Julia commemorated on a social media post.

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