By Jada Butler & Quedus Babalola
News Editor & Staff Writer
The Student Activities Board, a student lead organization under Campus Life, put together a week of school spirit themed events to prepare for Homecoming.
On Tuesday, Oct. 10, to begin the spirit week, members of SAB handed out green and gold “Spirit Shakes” in the lobby of Hillwood Commons during common hour. Students were able to grab their free shakes along with green and gold bead necklaces for the homecoming football game.
On Wednesday, Oct. 11, SAB hosted its annual color wars event on Riggs Lawn at 6 p.m. Students received free white homecoming t-shirts and green and gold powdered paint to throw at each other. Despite the rain in the middle of the event, students still enjoyed it. “We need more events like this. After a long week of classes, SAB came to the rescue for me,” Coivan Makia, a junior business administration major, said.
The third event of the week was a BBQ on Riggs Lawn on Thursday, Oct. 12. Free food and more homecoming t-shirts were handed out to students, and students were reminded and encouraged to attend the pep rally the following night. On Friday, Oct. 13, SAB hosted a pep rally that offered raffles and games with $30,000 in prizes.
“The pep rally gives everyone a chance to have school spirit and [feel] united,” Novaera Mumnoon, a freshman biomedical science major, and member of SAB, said.
Not everyone thought the pep rally was uniting. “The events were unfair,” Anthony Cavaretta, a freshman broadcasting major, said. “All the prizes went to the athletes because they were chosen to do all the activities,” he said. The pep rally lasted just an hour, yet some students departed early. A carnival kicked off Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 14, in the parking lot of Pratt Recreation Center from 11:30 a.m. until the start of the game at 1 p.m. The carnival, which had games, rides, food trucks, and merchandise stands, was all open to the whole community. Alumni returned and joined the festivities, including tailgating, before the big game. Hundreds of people attended the carnival, enjoying the various rides and games.
The Student Activities Board holds general staff meetings, which are open to all students, every other Monday during common hour. During these meetings, students can offer suggestions for events on campus. These ideas are taken back to the e-board meetings every Monday for discussion and approval. Students interested in joining SAB can show up to a general meeting, or email Vice President Sarah Fiore at Sarah.Fiore@my.liu.edu.