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Saint Mary’s hosts movie-themed Spirit Week for students

| Wednesday, September 13, 2023

From Sept. 11 to the 15, the Saint Mary’s campus will be packed with exciting events to commemorate this year’s “Smick Cinema”-themed Spirit Week.

Each night will feature a fun activity based around a different movie. Events offer snacks, activities and bonding with fellow Belles. The various days of the themed week will be hosted by a different committee under the Residence Hall Association (RHA).

“All of our committees host Spirit Week events, except for our Fundraising Committee which is in charge of creating the spirit week giveaway,” said Katie Hunter, RHA president.

The week kicked off Monday, as RHA’s First Years’ Committee organized a viewing of “The Great Gatsby” in the Vander Vennet Theater. The “Smick Speakeasy Night” included popcorn and mocktails. The lavish break from the first week classes allowed students to have fun like Gatsby himself. 

On Tuesday night, students let Elle Woods’ fabulous style guide them during an evening of DIY planners inspired by “Legally Blonde.” This event, hosted by the Formal Committee, was a hit among Saint Mary’s students looking to get more organized.

Wednesday night will feature a beach bash, hosted by the Hall Improvement Committee. The event begins at Belle’s Corner at 7 p.m. with a showing of the Disney Channel Original Movie “Teen Beach Movie.” Those who attend will have the opportunity to singalong with friends, sip mocktails and craft DIY coasters.

Thursday is “Footloose” night, hosted by the Events Committee. In the Belle’s Backyard, line dancing will begin at 6 p.m. Students can also play cornhole, grab a snack from a food truck and snag a T-shirt from a giveaway. The events will be held in the Student Center if weather prevents outdoor activities.

Saint Mary’s first-year Sam McGrath is most excited for Thursday’s event.

“Food trucks, T-shirts, cornhole … I’m there,” McGrath said.

This year’s Spirit Week concludes at the Saint Mary’s Student Center for “Be A Star And Give Back Night.”

The “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”-themed festivities begin at 7 p.m. At this event, the winner of the spirit week prize basket giveaway will be chosen. The event is hosted by the Tri-Campus/Community Committee.

Throughout the week, donations for St. Margaret’s House, a local South Bend charity that helps women and children in the community, will be collected. Each donor will be entered into a raffle to win the “Be A Star And Give Back” prize basket.

Hunter said the prize basket will include popcorn, face masks, tri-campus merch and more. Hunter is encouraging students to donate full or mini-sized hygiene products, new socks, period products and hair products made for women of color to help St. Margaret’s House. Donations will be accepted all week long at the student center from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Each donation increases the chances of winning the prize basket.

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