Quiero Bailar! A Q&A with University Salsa Club

A photo of Salsa Club members during a performance

I wanted to find out why the University Salsa Club opted for an all-female dance premiering at its upcoming Salsa Showcase. I sat down with Claire Poumerol and Jaqui Arechiga to ask them and to explore how Salsa Club balances the sensuality of dance with consent and safety, and how it promotes body positivity and confidence. The University Salsa Club is a student-run contracted independent organization at UVA in Charlottesville, VA. 


Nicky: So guys. Get in here. Introduce yourselves. How long have you guys been a part of salsa? When did you join and why?

Why Our Bicentennial is Really a Guy-centennial

A hand-drawn photo of the Rotunda with a banner underneath that reads "48 Years!"
Art by Kirsten Hemrich

I’ll admit it: I bought a comfort colors Bicentennial shirt. I took one of those free clear bags with the "200" logo emblazoned on the side. I like the idea of being a part of something that’s been around for so long, in a place of education and discovery, with peers who are as interested in knowledge as I am. It’s easy to buy into the huge celebrations UVA is hosting. The Bicentennial launch ceremony was obviously a success, with the huge turnout, and the long, impressive set list that performed that night.

It’s Time to End the Imbalance: Lifting the Ban on Sorority Parties

beat-up sofa outside frat house

We’ve all heard the stories about the dangerous frat parties. We know that one in five college women will experience sexual assault by the time she graduates. We’ve seen the stories about party rape and the use of alcohol in sexual assault. We’ve tried to make bystander intervention a part of the college culture, tried giving courses on sexual assault to fraternities, and tried teaching women how to avoid situations that make sexual assault more likely.

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