Valdar hits the runway with three new outfits

Del Mar College revealed three new outfits for its beloved mascot, Valdar the Viking, at a fashion show-styled event Nov. 3. Valdar, previously known as “the Viking,” was first unveiled in April 2017 after about a year of development, which saw the college work with David Raymond, the original Phillie Phanatic and owner of Raymond Entertainment. Starting in September 2017 and concluding in November of the same year, a contest was held to decide a new name for the Viking, replacing one that, according to Del Mar lore “has 15 letters, all consonants, and is impossible to pronounce in English…

Del Mar College dedicates ofrenda to family and staff lost during pandemic

In observance of Dia de los Muertos, the Center for Mexican American Studies constructed an ofrenda dedicated to Del Mar staff and family members who died during the COVID-19 pandemic. Día de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday coinciding with the Catholic holy days of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, which fall on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 respectively. It is believed that the souls of the dead are reunited with their families during this time. In preparation for the return of their loved ones, families traditionally construct ofrendas, altars decorated with flowers, photos of the deceased and…

DMC hosts book signing for local author Diana López

Diana López met with students and staff to discuss Hispanic heritage and promote her new book, “Los Monstruos: Felice and the Wailing Woman” Over the past month, Del Mar College’s Center for Mexican-American Studies and the local branch of the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education have hosted weekly events in observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. The center has held film showings, inaugurated art and literature displays and provided several online presentations. The center brought Hispanic Heritage Month to a satisfying close with a book signing by author and Corpus…

Peoples Street Fest helps bring a diverse community together

DJ Edica, a Corpus Christi native, performing a DJ set at the People Street Music and Film Festival on Friday, Oct. 7. The Peoples Street Music and Film Festival began modestly; a handful of vendors and stalls, a couple dozen attendees traveling between Peoples Street and the Art Walk, and a dance remix of Kate Bush’s “Running up that Hill.” But, as the sun began to set and the streetlights came on, while the rest of the city got ready for bed, the party on Peoples Street began to come to life. An area traditionally coated with the dim orange…

Display focuses on Hispanic heritage

DMC art professor 1 of 4 artists highlighted in library’s virtual display To commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month, Del Mar College Libraries has organized a virtual display of four South Texas artists, including two with ties to Del Mar. The virtual display will include local artists such as Del Mar College alumnus Jorge Alegría and DMC Professor of Art Amorette Garza-Morales, as well as two San Antonio-based artists, Humberto Saenz and Lauri Garcia Jones, aka Loot Achris. The display will include several pieces from Alegría’s “HEAVEN: The War of the Angels” collection, which consists of graphite on paper pieces depicting…