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SGA hosts ‘Support A Belle Love A Belle’ week

For the first week of November, Saint Mary’s College Student Government Association (SGA) hosted “Support A Belle Love A Belle” (SABLAB) week.

SABLAB week has been a fall tradition held on Saint Mary’s Campus, with events spanning an entire week. Its intention, SGA president Angela Martinez Camacho explained, is to encourage the building of community among Saint Mary’s students. 

“SABLAB week is simply celebrating what it means to be a Belle, building community between one another and having fun throughout a one-week period,” Martinez Camacho said. 

For the first time, this year SGA worked ‘Smick Day’ into the SABLAB week of events. This incorporation led to collaboration with many different SGA committees.

Thalia Mora, co-chair of the Social Concerns Committee, spoke on the efforts necessary to make a week like this happen.

“Preparation was a lot of working with my co-chair for Social Concerns, Hannah Kaczor, to budget, order, design and set up these events. We also collaborated with other SGA committees like Student Life and Involvement who really headed up Smick Day and the Academic Liaison Committee for our alum mixer,” Mora said.

Events started at the beginning of the week, early Monday morning, with Chick-fil-A for breakfast in Spes Unica Hall.

“I think students appreciated a yummy start to the week, starting on a good note,” Martinez Camacho said. 

Progressing through the week, Tuesday’s event provided students with information from Callisto, and Wednesday’s events included a “Proud Smick” t-shirt pop-up in Le Mans Hall, along with the Smick Day event itself.

“Tuesday, we tabled with a representative of Callisto to promote the online tool to students — especially as we continue or address and fight against sexual violence. Wednesday, we had a t-shirt pop-up around 3 p.m. and Smick Day later in the afternoon,” Martinez Camacho said. “I think this was my favorite day and event because we provided that sense of community to our students through food and various other activities.”

Mora explained the on-campus significance of SABLAB, specifically the students’ positive feedback at events throughout the week.

“During many of the pop-ups and events throughout the week, we got so many comments about how it would make people’s day and that it made them feel appreciated as a student and a Belle. It was really cool to hear and see how excited students were about the little things that reminded them that they are cared for,” Mora said. 

Martinez Camacho illustrated the overall impact the week of events had on the students and the Saint Mary’s community.

“As a historically all-women’s college, we are incredibly unique. This week allows us to celebrate that uniqueness and embrace and reinforce the community that has been built.” Martinez Camacho explained. “Especially as the semester is starting to come to a close, we want our students to feel supported by all of the Belles around them, knowing that this is a community that is right there to demonstrate love, unity and fight for their best interests.”

Contact Cora Haddad at chaddad01@saintmarys.edu.

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Saint Mary’s celebrates third annual Smick Day

As the sun was setting behind the Le Mans bell tower Wednesday evening, students gathered for the third annual Smick Day hosted by Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) and organized by the Student Life committee.

Josie Haas, student body vice president, explained the history behind Smick Day.

“‘Smick’ was used as a derogatory term, and for that reason Saint Mary’s wanted to reclaim and take it back as an empowering term, rather than something that puts our Saint Mary’s students down,” Haas said.

Now, each year, students from across the tri-campus community are invited to join Saint Mary’s in celebrating Smicks. Buttons that said “proud Smick” and “Smick ally,” along with free Saint Mary’s shirts were being passed out. SGA provided Raising Cane’s chicken, a bounce house, bracelet-making stations and a blank canvas for students to leave blue handprints on.

This event is part of Support a Belle, Love a Belle week. A week full of various events and activities put on by SGA to celebrate being a Saint Mary’s student.

Different Saint Mary’s clubs had the opportunity to promote themselves at this event. Campus Ministry, Student Diversity Board (SDB) and Residence Hall Association (RHA) had tables set up on Le Mans green where they handed out shirts, stickers, and various crafts for students to take part in. The Saint Mary’s Cheer Club came and performed a few cheers in front of the crowd of students, encouraging them to “rock with the white and roll with the blue”.

Representatives from the new sustainable farm had a table and brought five of their chickens to take part in the celebration. Students were allowed to pet and hold the chickens who are recent additions to the campus.

Being a smick can mean something a little different to everyone.

Shay Schneider, SMC alumna and associate dean of students, gave insight on what “Smick” means to her.

“It’s a nice, fun, succinct way to say who we are and be proud of that,” Schneider said. “We gave that word a lot of power and we gave other people power over that word, but when we were able to reclaim it, it gave us the power to really make it who we are.”

Ramona Monroe, a junior in attendance, also shared her opinion on what being a Smick means.

“Smick means to me embracing my education along with people who have the same goals that I do and finding a sense of community or sisterhood along the way,” she said.

Another student in attendance, Laura Golubski, used one word to describe Smick: “Sisterhood.”

“It’s just great knowing that I have people that are going to back me up in life with everything that I do,” she said.

Student body president Angela Martinez Camacho gave her idea of what being a Smick is saying, “I can add my own identities to the word ‘Smick’. I am a Latina Smick, I am a POC Smick, I am a Texan Smick. There’s just a way that you can make it unique to yourself but still be a part of the SMC community.”

Contact Cathy Doherty at cdoherty01@saintmarys.edu.