By Elizabeth Keeling
The Student Government Association at Bridgewater State University is preparing for several upcoming events happening around the university that they are supporting, sponsoring, or hosting.
One event occurring soon is the grand opening of Weygand Hall on October 2, a new residence hall located on East Campus behind Crimson Hall. This new addition to Bridgewater State houses 500 upper-class students, and also includes a new space for the Counseling Center.
An event the SGA is sponsoring, not simply supporting, is Homecoming. This event will be held on October 26, and leading up to that date, there will be events such as the Homecoming Pageant and Homecoming Parade. The SGA will be collaborating with Bridgewater State University Communications, who take care of social media aspects for BSU, and have a float together during the parade.
“The float is to bring awareness to the different communication vessels on campus,” said SGA president Gabriella Diniz said.
Homecoming was discussed along with the Haitian American Students Association, the Anime Club, and the Halloween Dance, which are all clubs or events that the SGA is taking part in funding financially.
An event the SGA is holding for themselves is a retreat that is taking place on October 11 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
“It is meant to train newly elected members as well as give brief refreshers to returning ones,” said Dylan Smith, parliamentarian of the senate.
“It’s also a time for the senate to get to know each other and for new members to learn how to be a good leader on campus, as well as learn how strengths will play a role in being apart of a team,” added Diniz.
The SGA is also welcoming Hilary Corna to campus on October 9. Corna is the author of One White Face, published in 2011 about a young woman who traveled to Singapore to study Asian culture.
“It’s a very inspirational story about living and working abroad as a minority,” Diniz said. “It’s about daring to be successful while taking initiative.”
The SGA will be teaming up with the Program Committee to host this event. It will be sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Department, Asian Studies Department, and the Center for International Engagement.
It looks like the SGA is ready to get things started here at BSU. Stay updated with them on facebook at facebook.com/bridgewsga, on twitter at @SGA_BSU, with their blog at bridgewsga.wordpress.com, and on the BSU website at bridgew.edu/sga.
Elizabeth Keeling is a Comment contributor. Editor-In-Chief Greg Dudek edited this story. Email him at email@example.com.