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2019 Saint Mary’s Class Council reviews

| Thursday, December 12, 2019

Senior Class Council

The Senior Class Council representatives are Kassandra Acosta and Michelle Lester, and they are tasked with planning Senior Week, which includes a formal and a trip to a Chicago Cubs game. Neither Acosta nor Lester responded to multiple requests for further information, and none was readily available when The Observer searched for it.

Junior Class Council

Junior Class Council representatives Meg Hemmert and Morgan Greene said they have enjoyed this past semester and have learned valuable lessons that will help them moving forward with the Council.

“It was a fun semester because we got to help out with Senior Dads Weekend, which was a lot of fun and good to learn what we want to do for next year,” Hemmert said.

Hemmert and Greene are currently planning another event for juniors, set to take place before the end of the fall semester, and have already begun planning for the spring.

“We’re going to bring everybody together to de-stress before finals, and then we’re also just getting started on official plans for Junior Moms Weekend,” Hemmert said. “It’s very exciting.”

Hosting a town hall to survey juniors on what they would like to see in 2020 Junior Moms Weekend proved to be extremely fruitful, Hemmert said.

“We had a town hall to talk more about Junior Moms [Weekend] and to kind of get people’s opinions on what they would like to see,” she said.

Hemmert said she and Greene have not faced any major challenges this past semester, and most events have received strong attendance.

“My favorite event that we did this semester was a welcoming event for the first years we had in Haggar,” she said. “It was their first week of school, and they were really excited and really nervous. They just came over, we had pizza and they could tie-dye shirts. It was just nice getting to talk to all the first years about how their time had gone so far and also what their plans were for this semester. We were just talking to them about what they were worried about, kind of reassuring them that they were in the right place and that everything would all work out. So that was really fun to be able to talk to them and to see where they were at and how we could help them.”

Sophomore Class Council

Sophomore Class Council representatives Sydney Hutchinson and Abigail Pinnow said they were happy to see so many students respond positively to their events.

“This has been a delightful semester for the class of 2022 Class Council,” Pinnow said in an email. “It is always so much fun to see our class come together and take part in whatever activity my co-rep Sydney and I have planned.”

The Sophomore Class Council representatives have hosted two events this semester and plan on sponsoring two more in the upcoming spring semester, Pinnow said.

“My personal favorite event was our recent end-of-the-semester Christmas Celebration event that we held on Dec. 3,” she said. “We had ornament decorating and Gigi’s Cupcakes for the second year in a row. It is a great way to relieve some of the stress of the upcoming finals week.”

Pinnow said she and Hutchinson are working towards even greater attendance in the next semester.

“We have some very exciting activities and giveaways planned for the spring, so we hope to see even more SMC sophomores at these events,” she said.

 First-Year Class Council

First-Year Class Council representatives Jane Alexander and Abby Maday said they have enjoyed helping plan events for students on campus as well as getting to meet and bond with upperclassmen.

Though the first event hosted by the first-year representatives, a Christmas-themed social with hot chocolate and ornament making, is Wednesday, Alexander said she and Maday joined other Class Council representatives in preparing for Senior Dads Weekend.

“Our first event for our class is this Wednesday, but everyone on Class Council worked for Senior Dads Weekend, and it went really well,” she said.

Thus far, Alexander said the only challenge has been planning events for a date and time that fits varying student schedules.

“There hasn’t been anything considerably difficult, but it has been challenging to figure out a date for our events that is optimal for student participation,” she said in an email.

Students returning to campus for second semester can expect to see more events scheduled, Alexander said, as well as more opportunities to meet other students within the first-year class.

“Next semester we plan to organize more events and philanthropic opportunities,” she said.

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