Students bring holiday spirit to residential life
Student creativity and initiative brings holiday spirit into campus housing every winter.
Many students living in residence halls turn to decorating. Kaylee Beck ’13 and Carly Crevier ’13 hang lights and put up a miniature tree in their Mary Minahan McCormick room. Others choose to take an exterior approach, covering their door with wrapping paper and bows.
Lara Eucalano ’11 has lived in a college house for two years and decorated for both. “I feel like decorations are a necessary part of getting in the Christmas spirit, along with listening to Christmas music,” she says.
One of her housemates, Lauren Lathers ’11, agrees. “It’s a huge part of getting excited for the holidays, even when we’re all away from home.”
Gathering to celebrate
The staff of each first-year hall help their residents get into the holiday spirit by hosting annual Christmas galas. Sensenbrenner, Burke, Mad-Lor and Bergstrom all have their own special night of activities, designed by the resident assistants. Most galas feature a dinner served by campus catering, and some halls even receive a special visit from Santa.
“It’s a great opportunity for students to get to know others in their residence halls by sharing a festive evening with them,” says Renee Wenig ’11. Wenig is now the associate hall director for Michels.
Many resident assistants also inspire students by decorating common areas, such as the halls and the bathrooms. As a resident assistant in Madeline/Lorraine hall last year, Zach Parmeter ’11 used garland and wrapping paper to encourage holiday spirit and had Christmas music playing in the bathrooms.
“For each resident, Zach made door decks in the shape of a stocking with our names on them,” recalls Brian Reynolds ’13. “He made the hallway quite festive.”
REH staff members don’t just limit the cheer to residence halls. Michael Poradek ’11, housing intern for the Townhouse Village and Carriage House, organizes a series of events each year. The program includes a tree-lighting ceremony, a decorating competition and a holiday party.
“We have seen our village come together as a living area and community,” says Poradek. “I look forward to all the excitement that our new year brings, and the second semester.”