Alex Kennedy and Keaton Williams
The United Residence Halls Council made plans for a full and involved spring semester Monday night at its first meeting.
Showcase of Souls, a Clement Hall exhibition including poetry, music and dancing, was approved for funding.
A committee, headed by Jimmy Mitchell, proposed the showcase. Showcase of Souls is a Clement Hall tradition that displays talents from all over campus. There will be a cookout with free popcorn and a hospitality room for the performers.
The URHC, led by President Sarah Tukey, coordinates all university residence halls and is in charge of planning and promoting social and educational programs on campus. This weekend, eight delegates and two advisors from the URHC will attend a conference with a similar organization at Tennessee Tech to “share ideas for programs and events and to compare results and notes on past experiences,” Turkey said.
The conference’s theme is “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” and the URHC is arriving with members dressed as “The Wizard of Oz” characters plus a tornado and the yellow brick road.
The annual Spring Fling, this year a Saint Patrick’s Day Casino Night, will be held in the University Center. Betting will be done with paper tender made by the URHC, which can be cashed in later for prizes.
Refreshments, including festive green mocktails, will be provided.
This event will be the most exciting of those planned for the spring, physical therapy student Lauren McGee, said. “With an Irish last name like mine, I definitely want to have a good time on St. Patty’s Day,” she said.
The Hall Olympics, usually a weeklong activity, has been compressed into one day during April.
There will be a variety of relays and competitions for participants. At the end of the day, a grand prize will be awarded to the residence hall that has succeeded in earning the most points.
Each individual residence hall kicks off the semester with a monthly theme dinner.
Next up on the agenda, each residence hall is planning some form of a Super Bowl party for Feb. 6 with free food and fun for all who attend.
Valentine’s Day is the focus of several individual residence hall events. Reese Hall will be hosting a date auction in Presidential Court, where the winners will be awarded not only a date but also movie or restaurant gift certificates.
Massey Hall will be selling candy messages that a person can send to a special someone, and also the first 200 visitors to Massey on Valentine’s will receive a complimentary carnation.
Strong Hall has Feb. 14 messages called “Send a Line to Your Valentine.”
The URHC is also working to improve life in the residence halls.
“All 6,000 plus students living on campus are more than welcome to attend the URHC meetings,” Tukey said.
The next URHC meeting is Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. in the UC Shiloh Room.