Club Profile: Classics Society

Classics Society advertisement for Quiz Bowl 2014

Classics Society advertisement for Quiz Bowl 2014

Salve! γειά σου! Greetings!  The spirit of language and culture is prominently shown through the activities and members of the Classics Society. Established in 1986, The Classics Society is dedicated to promoting campus appreciation of the cultures of Ancient Greece and Rome.  The Society sponsors a number of Classics related events including film presentations, museum and theatre outings, and annual events such as Quiz Bowl and Floralia.  The Classics Society is a unique club opened to all students on campus.

To highlight a few of the campus favorite events, Quiz Bowl is a competitive event that is held on Thursday nights on campus.  As a jeopardy style competition, students take it so seriously that each round is often nail biting.  Floralia is another campus favorite.  At the end of the spring semester, students pile onto the quad for a pig roasting and chariot racing.  This year Floralia will be the weekend of April 26th and all should come out to support the event.  Food, live entertainment and completion will be provided.

The 2014 Club of the Year Award was presented to Classics Society. This club is an exceptional one and provides a variety of events and opportunities for students.  The club leadership is also remarkable.  They do a great job fundraising and an even better job executing events.  Classics society is truly a “role-model” club and one that all students should take advantage of at least once during their four years.

Kayla Patten '17

Reflecting on the 2013-2014 SGA Administration

Outgoing Student Body President and Vice President Lyndsay Robinson '14 and Stephen Bowen '14.

Outgoing Student Body President and Vice President Lyndsay Robinson '14 and Stephen Bowen '14.

Today, the Student Government Association (SGA) of Saint Anselm College celebrated the accomplishments of the 2013-2014 SGA Administration at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP) Auditorium. The leadership of this administration was passed on to the leadership of the next administration in what was a lovely and enjoyable ceremony. Zachary Camenker '16, outgoing SGA Secretary of Public Relations, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event which lasted from 2-3:30 PM.

Student Body President and Vice President Lyndsay Robinson '14 and Stephen Bowen '14 reflected on their journeys in SGA as well as their own accomplishments in this year's administration. These accomplishments numbered many, but included organizing campus events focused on coping with the effects after the Boston Marathon bombing, developing an Autism Awareness Week and a Week of Understanding to erase hate, organizing a successful Color Me Run, and so much more.

Both Robinson and Bowen reflected on their leadership in speeches. This was followed by speeches from the newly elected Student Body President and Vice President David McKillop '15 and Mack Douglas '15. After all of this, Robinson and Bowen swore McKillop and Douglas in to their new positions.

The new class councils were also sworn in for the coming 2014-15 administration. Many new faces, as well as returning SGA members, joined Douglas on the stage as he read the Constitution to the new leaders.

Earlier in the ceremony, several awards were delivered. Dr. Ann Norton, Professor of English, received the Abbot Gerald McCarthy Professor of the Year Award. The Classics Society was awarded Club of the Year. Fr. Mathias Durette, Prior of the Saint Anselm Abbey and former Assistant Dean of Students, received the Dr. Constance Richards Award presented to an outstanding staff member of the college community. A new award was given out this year as well. This award, entitled the Dr. Alicia Finn Award, was bestowed on the SGA Advisor, Dr. Alicia Finn, Dean of Students at the college. Dr. Finn also delivered a speech earlier in the program highlighting the accomplishments of SGA 2013-14.

Lyndsay Robinson presented the Anselmian Student Pride Scholarship in honor of Abbot Matthew Leavy to a member of each class. Additionally, Karen Ejiofor '16, a recipient of the scholarship, also received the Dr. Joseph Horton SGA Member of the Year Award. 6 four-year members of SGA were also honored for their service with a gift of appreciation.

Overall, the day was highly successful and enjoyable for all who attended. Many college community members, including administrators, faculty, staff, and monastic community members, joined families and friends of SGA members. Pictures were taken after and hors d'oeuvres were enjoyed as well.

As we reflect on the 2013-14 SGA Administration, full of many accomplishments, we are pleased to see the torch be handed over to the next administration.  We are sure that their leadership experience, drive, motivation, and kindness will benefit the college community immensely and that, although they have big shoes to fill, they will stand out as shining examples of hospitable Anselmian leaders, channeling SGA leaders of the past, present, and future in all that they do.

Club Feature: Irish/Celtic Society

Saint Anselm College’s Irish/Celtic Society, one of the oldest clubs on campus, is proud of the strong Celtic culture it embodies. With a talented board of officers including Co-Presidents Hilary Gorgol '14 and Sean Connolly '14, Secretary Alex Odegaard '14 and Treasurer Dylan Lindholm '14, the Irish/Celtic Society has a prominent presence at Saint A’s. There are no requirements to become a member in this club, only a love for blarney and all things Celtic. Meetings are held once a month in the Dana Center conference room to plan events, host guest speakers, and learn more about Irish Heritage.

The Irish/Celtic Society hosts a wide variety of fun filled, Saint Patrick’s Day inspired events! An annual "Holly on the Harp" Christmas Ceilidh is hosted in the coffee shop right before finals. This is a night of music, dancing, and stories showing how the Irish love to entertain! It is a personal favorite of Co-President, Hilary Gorgol's. She explains, “Being a local Irish Step Dancer, I have been dancing in the event since I was 10 and it means so much to me. Seeing how excited the students are to hear traditional Irish music and see a free dance performance is so rewarding. And it really builds confidence in the performers.” In addition, the club marches in the Manchester St. Patrick's Day parade every year with a float depicting an event in Ireland's history. It's great to act out Irish heritage, too! Recently, they’ve started hosting dance lessons for those who want to learn. They’ve had a great response and were even able to showcase the new dancers in the Ceilidh this past year!  They also sponsor the poetry reading in the pub with the English Department before Christmas break. Irish/Celtic Society loves entertaining the Anselmian community. Main fundraising for this club is done through sales at each of the Irish/Celtic performances at the Dana Center.

In the future, Irish/Celtic Society is planning on marching in the upcoming St. Patrick's Day parade in Manchester! They invite all to come. Who doesn't love decorating a float and marching in a parade? More dance lessons will be hosted throughout this semester and the leaders of the club would love for even more student involvement! The Irish/Celtic Society is working to host more events with music and would love to see a stronger presence on campus during the month of March. It is amazing to see that this club moved from a club that never appropriated or had meetings, let alone classes, to an organized society of dedicated members who love to volunteer at school events like the Holiday Fair, Valentine's Day Dance, or Multicultural Day. Irish/Celtic Society is proud of its heritage and is excited to foster the spirit of Saint Patrick and Celtic culture in the future!

Fun Fact: The Irish/Celtic Society's Constitution is still the original paper–typewriter edits and all!

Final CABingo of the Spring Semester

Get an early St. Patrick's Day luck tonight by going to CABingo!

CABingo, an Anselmian favorite, is coming your way TONIGHT: Monday, March 10! This bingo event hosted by the Campus Activities Board (CAB) draws in a large crowd twice a semester to see who will be the lucky winner and claim the biggest prize.  It’s a lot like regular bingo except you have to call “CABINGO” to win and you’re playing for some really great stuff. Prizes typically range from movies and gift cards to items as large as TVs and iPad minis. Christina Delaney ’15 works as the director of traditional events for CAB and coordinates with other CAB members to help ensure the event is a success each time it is hosted during the semester.

Monday’s CABingo event will be the final one for the spring semester. It will be held at 8 PM in the Dana Center. Be sure to arrive early enough to get your bingo card and find a seat where your “CABINGO” call is sure to be heard! Remember, it’s the first person that is heard yelling “CABINGO” and signaled by the person judging the event that will get a chance to claim their prize on stage.

Have you enjoyed the great prizes at CABingo? Do you enjoy a little friendly competition amongst your peers? Then be sure to be on the lookout for what CAB is planning for our Easter Egg Hunt. It will be an event you won’t want to miss! Until then, join CAB tonight at 8 PM for the final CABingo of the spring semester! Maybe it will be your lucky day!

Club Profile: Dance Club

 

Saint Anselm College’s Dance Club is a growing organization here on campus.  This upbeat group has been established for a while but has primarily grown to be what it is today during the last four years.  Maddie Hinrichs and Holly Mulkern are leading this club on and off the stage this year.  Practice is held in the Recreational Room of the Carr Center on Wednesday nights at 7:00pm.  Different types of dance are taught each week and there is always something new and challenging to try.

Dance Club and Dance Team are closely related here at Saint A’s.  Many members of the Dance Team, who perform at football and basketball games, participate in Dance Club.  Dance Team is comprised of 15 members and has three captains.  Both groups harness and promote school spirit and unity through their energetic participation in school events.  In addition to their pep on campus, they show their school pride off campus as well.  The dance girls actively volunteer for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the Relay for Life as they feel it is important to show the community what Anselmian spirit is. 

Maddie and Holly are excited to put on the Dance Showcase this semester.  This event is Dance Club’s largest fundraiser of the year.  All of Dance Club will participate in the show.  The entire show is also self-choreographed and all types of dance will be performed. 

The Showcase will be performed on Saturday, April 12th at 3:00pm in the Dana Center.  To help the club raise money, people will be able to purchase flowers for the performers as well as raffle tickets.  In the future, Maddie and Holly hope to make the Showcase a bigger event on campus and are always looking for more members.  They enjoy seeing members come each week and improve upon their skills as well as seeing their own choreography be brought to life.