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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1998 - Spring. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 22, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/5473/show/5378.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1998 - Spring. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/5473/show/5378

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Students of the University of Houston, Houstonian 1998 - Spring, Houstonian Yearbook Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed September 22, 2014, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/5473/show/5378.

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Transcript F•I•E•S•T•A C•I•T•Y R•E•L•I•V•I•N•G the frontier MICHELLE CASAS As Frontier Fiesta rolls around every year, University of Houston students are all too familiar with all the controversy that follows the event. Charges that the event is based on racism have been claimed by many Hispanic groups and students on campus. Annica Gorham, chair of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan called the event a fascist celebration in a letter to the Daily Cougar. Gorham states that Frontier Fiesta is a celebration of a time when "my people were brutally raped, killed and colonized." Members of MEChA assert that Frontier Fiesta is a celebration of their history's genocide, racism and sexism. Frontier Fiesta organizers deny the claims that the event is based on history of racism. Jennifer Powell, a junior hotel and restaurant management major and a member of the Frontier Fiesta staff, said "Frontier Fiesta is a community event to bring UH and Houston together." Frontier Fiesta is a Texas-style festival which promotes scholarship, community and education. It is located on 11 acres of land across from the main UH entrance. Fraternities and sororities help to convert the land into a western town called Fiesta City. The four-day event included live concerts, Broadway-style shows produced by fraternities and sororities and carnival rides and booths. The live concerts this year included Jaime y Los Chamacos, Jerry Jeff Walker and Blackhawk. Begun in the 1940s, Frontier Fiesta was prompted by a student organization. During the 1940s and 1950s, Frontier Fiesta, the largest college event at the time, attracted as many as 100,000 people to the campus. In 1958, Life magazine described Frontier Fiesta as "The Greatest College show on Earth." In 1959 the event was canceled due to the growing budget problems and class absences during the week of the event. The revival of Frontier Fiesta came in 1992, with attendance at 1,500. Figures have been increasing yearly, with 30,000 people attending in 1997. This year's attendance was estimated at 50,000, said Doug Miller, the advisor for campus activities. John Belden, a junior MIS major and member of the 1998 Frontier Fiesta board, said that 32,000 people turned out for the event this year. "The bad weather was the reason for lower than anticipated attendance. But we were glad to see the tremendous support, especially from UH alumni. Next year, we anticipate our attendance to be 50,000, and hopefully we'll see better weather." Continued on page 210 "Frontier Fiesta is a community event to bring UH together" Jennifer Powel April