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368 Chapter 6 – Roots, Radicals, and Rational Expressions §6.4 The Arithmetic and Simplification of Radicals – Sums and Differences This section will focus on adding and subtracting radicals. We will continue to provide simplified solutions to our problems. Lesson 1 – The Addition Rule for Radicals The addition of radicals makes use of the distributive rule. For example, ( ) 2352325 +=+ 28= Clearly what is required for us to be able to add radicals together is that they must be identical radicals.
  • blackboard quiz
  • subtraction rule
  • quiz lesson
  • use of the distributive rule
  • numerical coefficient
  • radicals
  • distributive property
  • product rule

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El Pulso
Fall 2011
All about
METAS
2011-2012
From the METAS
2
Welcoming BBQ to the
METAS course and events,
our Graduate Assistant
gives us insides on the
events and classes that took
place this semester.
La tin Fest heats
up Jorgensen
From the salsa rhythms of the 15
“Bobby” Rodriguez Orchestra,
to the record breaking “hits” of
Cheo Feliciano, Latin Fest was
stthe place to be on October 1 .
Fall 2011 Recap Homecoming 2011:
Kickin’ it Old School!
We take a look back at all the 11 And first place for LipSync goes to…
events held and sponsored by PRLACC during the Fall P-R-L-A-C-C, PRLACC!
semester.
We bring you all the action from Homecoming week,
including the parade and the most anticipated event
of the week, the LipSync competition.
Continued on page 8
El Pulso Fall 2011
Interested in applying to become a
mentor or mentee?

The application
will be available in
Spring 2012

PRLACC Scholarship
The PRLACC Scholarship Award was
established to honor UConn students
who have advanced the role and METAS First Year Experience contributions of Latinos in society.
By Lois S. Ramírez
The application will be available in
Spring 2012.
Continuing the tradition of mentoring our Latino students. This

Year our FYE METAS class was very successful. We kicked off the
year with our annual METAS BBQ, where the Mentors and Mentees
finally met.
Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award
For this year we tried to showcase all the services provided by the
university. We took a field trip to the Dairy Bar and while enjoying The Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award
honors a UConn faculty and/or staff our delicious UConn made ice cream we learned about nutrition.
member who has advanced the role and We also had the Rainbow center’s Speakers Bureau, who came to
contributions of Latinos at UConn and the talk to the Mentees about being a LGBTQ student at UConn.
community.

The application will be available in Other speakers from different departments and organizations
Spring 2012. throughout the campus such as mental health services, sexperts,
and career services came to talk to the students about all the
opportunities and programs available for them.

Hablas Ñ?
We finished the course with the decoration of the center for the
holidays. The Mentors and Mentees shared time together while Come and practice Spanish with
decorating Santa and elf hats. To wrap up the event, the Mentors, El Club de Español.
Mentees and Staff for 2011-2012 recorded a holiday greeting that
Library Language Center was sent via email. This semester was once again a wonderful
Thursdays 7:30pm – 8:30pm experience for all of us involved in METAS. Thank you for making

this semester a semester to remember. PRLACC
Last Thursday of the month
7:15pm – 8:50pm


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Latino Staff Highlight:
Christian Navarro
By Dr. Gladys M. Santiago-Tosado
In El Pulso, the Puerto Rican/Latin American And he decided to focus his academic interest
Cultural Center will be including interviews of in psychology, linguistics, language, research, and
Latinos, who are behind the scenes, active on graduate school. In addition to his college
campus or around the community, through our experience, Christian was able to enrich his life
newsletter, El Pulso, and the blog El Pulso studying abroad in Vienna in the summer of
Highlights: Connecting Latinos around the World. 2010. What follows are excerpts from our
In this edition, we highlight two Latinos of our conversation, which will give you a complete
community, one is a Researcher Assistant, picture of our staff highlighted for fall 2011.
Christian Navarro, and the other one is a work
Dr. Santiago: “How did you grow in terms of study student at the Center, José Benítez (Jose’s
your skills and knowledge through your college interview was written by Kalliope Damalas).
experience? You started college when you were
Christian Navarro is a native of the archipelago 18-years old, and now you are 23-years old, you
of Puerto Rico, a Commonwealth of the United just graduated in May; how would you say you
States. At the age of 23, he was offered a have grown up?”
Researcher position at the University of
Christian: “In many ways, I mean, the first thing I Connecticut in the Psychology Department. He
could think of and this came at a later stage… I graduated from the University of Puerto Rico
started learning different languages like German (UPR) with a bachelors degree in Philosophy and
and that was something I never thought I could a minor in Psychology. In addition, he loves music
have learned in my first and second year in and plays the drums, a talent that gave him the
college. Actually, that was one of the things that opportunity to attend a 5-week summer program
opened the doors to this opportunity here in in 2007 at Berklee College of Music in Boston:
UCONN. It opened my mind to a lot of things. I
“So, I went to Boston, and I enjoyed it a lot! It really, really appreciate languages.”
was a very important experience not only
Dr. Santiago: “So besides English and Spanish, musically, but in a general sense. It helped me
you also speak German?” sort things out, like what kinds of things I wanted
to do with my life; did I want to take music more Christian: “I wouldn’t say I am fully bilingual, but
seriously or did I want to focus more on my I am fluent, I understand pretty much.
academic career in Philosophy or Psychology?”




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I am hoping to eventually, I don’t know where, but Christian: “Two and a half.”
to learn Icelandic, another language I have always
Dr. Santiago: “And you studied abroad?” had interest in. I always think that if you want to
learn a language, the first thing you should have in
Christian: “Yes, last summer, at the University of
mind is a genuine appreciation and curiosity for the
Vienna, to study German. It was an amazing
specific culture, not only the language itself. I
experience because the program wanted you to
always had interest for the German culture. I could
explore the city, the culture, and the mindset.
appreciate a lot of the different aspects of the There you meet all these different realities from
culture, not only the language. And that helps a lot different people. It can be a very strong firsthand
to enjoy the language.” experience, it can even be shocking, but in a good,
very rich way. That was very important to me Dr. Santiago: “If you were to speak to a freshman
because coming from a small island like Puerto student today, and this person had lot of doubts
Rico, where we are very used to certain things, about pursuing a college degree, how would you
certain consequences…geographically limited. You encourage this student to pursue a college degree?
think the world is in a certain way, and then you go
Christian: “The truth is, studying in any sense is a out to these places, and you look up, and it’s like
privilege whether we want to realize that or not. “wow, what have I been missing!”
Maybe the atmosphere of college is not for
Dr. Santiago: “Plus the opportunity to experience everyone, but I would tell people to give it a chance
other cultures.” because no matter what, it will open doors for you
in ways that you won’t be able to do outside of the
Christian: “Yes! It was a great experience. I think
academic world. It all depends on what you want,
that it’s important because it helps you to see that
some people feel good if they find something that
the world is not perfect, there are problems
provides for them, and they can survive and enjoy
everywhere. But it’s a matter of choosing or
certain things. But for other people perhaps like
knowing what types of things you like, what things
me, who have this curiosity to keep going and
attract you the most.”
exploring different things, for this type of person,

college is the best option, it brings different
Dr. Santiago: “In order to close with the interview,
perspectives... “
what you would say would be 3 characteristics of a
Latino with a sense of social responsibility? By Dr. Santiago: “Do you think that you would have
social responsibility I mean obtaining an education, been a different person today if you had not had a
contributing to society? college experience?
Christian: “You can be very smart and intelligent Christian: “Yes, definitely.
but you need to have discipline and perseverance.
One thing that as Puerto Ricans, I would think it’s Dr. Santiago: “In what ways?
very important to have that discipline to have that
Christian: “Once again, if I go back to the language mindset of wanting to do things in a certain way
example, last year I went to the University of because that will pay off in the long run. Not just in
Vienna. If I weren’t in college, I wouldn’t have been the academic world but also as a human being, as
able to have that experience.” in social interaction and how you behave around
others. If you have that discipline and collective
Dr. Santiago: “You learned German at the UPR
consciousness of how things already are, it can
right? For how many years?”
contribute to how you work around things.”




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Me encanta ser Boricua por la cultura y
tradiciones, especialmente la comida criolla y parrandas.
Me encanta mi bella isla con música como la salsa, que te
hace bailar sin importancia de dónde eres. ¿Quién no
estaría orgulloso?”
- José Benítez- Rivera

Work-Study Student Highlight:
José Benítez-Rivera
By Kalliope Damalas
Born in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, and Board, and also a part of the PRLACC staff.
raised in the exciting and multicultural Bronx, NY,
Upon graduating, José wants to take a couple years off José Benítez-Rivera grew up idolizing Roberto
to possibly counsel for the Department of Children and Clemente, a famous baseball player, known for his
Families (DCF) before he ventures off to Law School. accomplishments and charitable work. Aside from
idolizing a famous baseball player, José’s inspiration
Loud, brutally honest and a friend are words that
and motivation to succeed in life came from his
summarize the truly remarkable person that José
parents and sisters. Acknowledging all that they
Benítez- Rivera truly is. Being a native of Puerto Rico,
have given up for him to be where he is today, he is
José loves that Puerto-Ricans are “outspoken, loud, and
the first member of his family to attend college, and
full of life”; he goes on to state that his culture is a part
they are what push him to work hard and excel both
of who he is and played an active role in his upbringing,
in and out of the classroom. When first looking into
making him a proud Latino. Having such pride in his
college, José considered entering the medical field to
Latino heritage has also influenced José’s involvement
study pediatrics, however, psychology was his
in PRLACC and the university as a whole. Since
passion and what he chose to pursue.
freshman year José has considered PRLACC a place that
has given and continues to give him the opportunity to Currently a senior, José double majors in
meet some great people and make everlasting Psychology and Human Development and Family
friendships. PRLACC offered him a second home, and Studies (HDFS) and minoring in Criminal Justice, with
now three years later, José gives back to the center by plans to one day graduate from law school as a
being an active member of the PRLACC family. He is a Family or Immigration lawyer. Upon taking HDFS as
model Latino student who achieves academic a general education requirement, José said that he
excellence while staying active and true to his “really fell in love with it… and thought it [would] be
community. “The best advice I can give anyone is to something I could do”. His ambition, however,
always work hard and remember why you are here. doesn’t just stop with his academics or future goals.
Next thing you know you’ll be reaping the benefits”. José is a brother of Beta Theta Pi, and a member of
multiple organizations including UConn Men’s

Project Graduate, Violence Against Women
Prevention Program, Fraternity and Sorority Life Peer
Standard

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Latino Art Exposition
By Victor Collazo
Our attention is more than ever being demanded by
ads, friends, news, work, etc. They drown our email
inbox, they call us during dinner, and they tell us to
buy, refinance, sell, join, and apply for a new credit
card. The volume of noise it creates fights to smother
our self-awareness and attempts to implant its will in
us. Escape! Log out of Facebook and HuskyCT, shut off
your cell, grab your favorite treat and enjoy the peace
and quiet of the SU gallery (Rm310). In it, I have seen
everything from a resurrected zombie Jesus carrying an
Easter basket, to poster designs for women rights.
More recently the Puerto Rican Latin American Cultural
Center (PRLACC) invited and hosted Ana Cristina
Collazo’s work at the gallery. Her work represented the
footsteps and body movements of dancers through
time. The vibrant colors alone easily captured the
attention of spectators of all ages, but mixed with the
strokes from dancing atop the canvas added warmth
and peacefulness that captured my curiosity and
curiosity too.
With my curiosity sparked I asked: “Ana, how good
are your dancers?” Then she showed me the video of
the paintings in the making and how hard it is to dance
salsa on slippery paint. Seeing it I understood` that for
her it didn’t really matter how good of a dancer they
really are. Rather, her explanation reminded me of
what author Scott Adams said best “Creativity is
allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing
which ones to keep.”

Join PRLACC’s Writing Club: “Our Voices, Nuestras Voces ”

We are looking for students who are willing to express their voices,
in writing, about Latino heritage and culture. If you like to write
articles, poems, essays, tales, fiction, history, etc., this is the
club for you!

P.S. Are you ready to get creative? We write in English & Español!
Every other Friday at 3p.m.
PRLACC’s Conference Room

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Homecoming 2011
By Giovanna L. Torres
At this year’s Homecoming, PRLACC kept it FRESH! A colorful 7 min performance by 65 members of
the center caught the attention of every Husky in attendance. Incorporating songs such as Poison,
Jump On It, Congo Bongo and Switch, the team covered everything from stepping to old school hip-
hop, and, of course, a bit of salsa! The awesome storyline got not only laughs, but even “awww’s”
from the audience, feeling as if they were watching a new episode of Fresh Prince of Bel Air, where
Uncle Phil, Will, and Carlton attend orientation here at UConn. Jokes, “pick-up lines” and UConn
references were used throughout the performance, and at the end, it was wrapped up with a lesson
about “the amazing opportunities UConn has to offer, and the bonds you will make that will last you
sta lifetime… Students Today, Huskies Forever”. This rendition gave PRLACC the award for 1 place,
resulting in tears of joy for some! And this was only one of the awards won by the center.
Participating under the Fee-Funded/Cultural Centers category, the Puerto Rican/Latin American
Cultural Center competed against the AACC, AsACC, the Rainbow Center, and the
Marching Band. PRLACC participated at the kick-off parade, with a
group of students dressed up as colorful as they could, wearing
90’s “musts” and waving the flags of all the Latin American
countries to the rhythm of the theme song of Fresh Prince and
“It’s not unusual”, Carlton’s favorite jam. The effort got us a
rdwell-deserved 3 place in the category, giving us a great push
to continue working hard towards the other events.
After weeks of voting, the Royalty Top 10 candidates were
chosen. Our queen, Ramonita Garcia, represented PRLACC at
the Homecoming pageant, dancing a mix of bachata and
merengue for her talent. Not surprisingly, Ramonita placed
thin the top five, winning the title of 4 Runner- Up.
I have proudly been PRLACC’s Homecoming representative
for 2 years now, an event every UConn student, faculty
and alumni highly anticipates every Fall semester. With
activities ranging from the kick-off Parade, the Alma
Mater competition, the Royalty Court, the LipSync
phenomenon, and leading up to the Homecoming
football game, Homecoming is a week for all student
organizations to show their Husky Pride and gain
recognition around campus, and at PRLACC, we like
to be heard! I extend an invitation to all
undergraduates who may want to participate with
us next year and become a part of PRLACC’s pride!
P-R-L-A-C-C…PRLACC!





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Keepin’ it
Parade
rd3 place (Fee-funded/Cultural Centers)
LipSync
Homecoming Court/Royalty
st1 place 4th Runner Up (Queen)
(Fee-funded/Cultural
Centers)

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Latinos Forgotten?
By Sharis Morrill
Among the American population it seems that general knowledge of successful and important
Latinos only goes as far as the name of a favorite baseball player, a famous poet, or a cruel dictator,
but where is the average Latino in America? Not represented, not supported, but forgotten.
The last 20 years before the recession and the economic boom of the 1990’s resulted in economic
stability for most, but created delusion about how well Latinos have it. It has been forgotten that
Latinos are still not equal, are still under supported, are culturally misunderstood, and have been
ignored as the largest minority population in the U.S. According the 2011 Census the United States has
the second largest Spanish speaking population in the world, which means that the United States
needs to start thinking about how it is going to meet the needs of this growing population.
Quality higher education that meets and raises awareness of Latino needs is seldom found and more
often than not left unsupported. Now I ask you, how many Latino or Latina professors have you seen
in your higher education facility? As well, one may ask why there is such a small percentage of the
Latino community completing higher education, perhaps it has less to do with cultural stigmas and
more to do with the fact that quality higher education in general is unavailable to those without large
sums of financial aid. Most can agree that the cost of higher education in the United States is hurting
this generation and will only become more strenuous for future generations. It seems that it is
becoming necessary to clarify to governmental and educational systems that education cannot merely
be available but needs to be accessible to the middle and lower classes. If the United States doesn’t
make education available for a large percentage of its population it will eventually have fewer people
contributing to the service sector and to research, and is ultimately limiting itself. If the country wants
to improve, it needs to prepare and equip its entire population with a good higher education, not
make it more inaccessible and then blame the populations that can no longer reach the absurd costs.
When I was younger my parents decided to move our family to Farmington, CT after having already
been settled in New Britain for a good amount of time. My mother Elizabeth describes this decision as
an act for the wellbeing of her children, “My kids were first, and I did what I could to make your lives
better. Schools in New Britain were scary, the kids had no respect for their teachers, they brought
knives and guns to school, they were out of control; I feared for my kid’s lives and thought about
moving to a better place.” Compared to New Britain, Farmington had less crime, more money, and is
basically the epitome of a white suburban neighborhood. But despite the safer neighborhood and
better education, our family continued to struggle to find peace. We felt constant discrimination, not
only against our nationality but also because of our socio-economic status. “Most had money, and
they expected everyone else to have it too.”
Is it not a human right to pursue a better life, the best education, and the safety of one’s family?
Unfortunately not everyone can afford the ability to pursue a better life. It is near impossible to reach
a better socio-economic status without outside resources and influence. Some of the best areas to live
in Connecticut, have monstrously high taxes, not because the people need to contribute to the
infrastructure or to the education of the town but to weed out anyone who stands any lower than
upper middle class. But this isn’t called ‘weeding’ it’s called ‘competitive housing’.


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In my own experience, if one tries to publicly discuss the needs and struggles of the Latino
community, one is often faced with prejudice remarks such as “Well, why don’t they just work harder?”
or “tell them to stop having kids” or even “they just expect a free ride.” The reality of it, is that these
comments are believed by many but have little truth in them. Most Latinos work full time jobs, are
taking care of their children, and still can’t seem to make ends meet. So the question is, if the majority
of a population is struggling, no matter the state in which they live, the job they hold, the amount of
kids at home, or how many generations they have been in the states, how is it that this is still an
individual’s problem and not a societal problem? If a Latina is struggling to make ends meet working
three jobs, it is not only her problem, its society’s, and society cannot keep ignoring this fact.
Latinos are not looking for a free ride, they are looking for the chance to live a comfortable and
successful life, like any other American. Many Latinos are still struggling and are in dire need of support
just to meet basic needs. It should not go unnoticed that Latinos are invested in our country’s military,
government, and every other industry. They live here, work here, raise children here, and pay taxes
here; they are American and they deserve equal opportunity here. Now the question becomes, will you
help us find equal opportunity so we may have a fair chance at a better life, and to prove once and for
all our worth to the U.S or will you continue to believe that this is someone else’s problem?

Recognition Banquet Join our team
2012
Each Spring semester, PRLACC holds the Annual
Recognition Banquet, with the purpose of giving
recognition to all of our graduating seniors. If you LUCHADOR
are graduating in 2012, be sure to keep an eye on
invitations sent through email announcing the in our efforts to fight cancer!
official date and instructions on how to be a part
of the banquet. UCONN Relay for Life is
going to be held
13 April 2012, 2:00 p.m.
at Memorial Stadium




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