Poetpalooza brings students together
The Whittier College department of Housing and Residential Life (Res Life) held their semesterly Community Day on Thursday, Oct. 4. Community Days are an initiative on behalf of Res Life to give students a place to relax and make friends. This semester, the theme was “Poetpalooza,” and the celebration included DJs from KPoet, bounce houses, and caricature artists. Students painted pumpkins, posed in a photo booth, and popped paint-filled balloons onto a canvas.
“Our department used to sponsor Community Days once per semester, and we decided to bring back this tradition because we recognize the potential value in the interactive opportunities they provide for the students,” said Assistant Director of Housing and Residential Life Tea Bogue. “We believe events like this have the ability to assist with community development and create an opportunity for the students to build connections with others.” Community Days are just one way Res Life works to engage students at the College. Community Advisors (CAs) have multiple floor programs a semester where they plan activities to bond with their residents. Res Life will also have smaller events open to all students, like video game tournaments and movie nights.
CAs informed their residents about the event by posting flyers in Residential Halls, and students were reminded by Student-L emails the day of. Fourth year and CA Alternate Miranda Munoz said, “What I love about Community Day is everyone having a good time and making new friends.” Munoz is not a CA this year, but is still involved with Res Life to ensure students have an overall positive experience at the College. Second-year and CA Merejildo Mazon said, “It makes me really, really happy. I like seeing them [my residents] bond and get closer.” Mazon also won a gift card to a movie theater in one of the four raffles at the event. One of the other raffle prizes was a gift card to ARCO gas stations, given away earlier in the evening in the hopes that commuter students might benefit from it.
“I saw it through the SLC window while we were studying for our BioChem test tomorrow, and I decided to come out and relax,” said third-year Max Errickson. “It’s so much fun. I’ll definitely come to the next one.”
At the next Community Day, Res Life would like to have more student musicians. “There wasn’t enough interest to make it happen this time around, but hopefully there will be in the future,” said Bogue. “I think Poetpalooza went well. We had an excellent turnout, and I believe the Whittier College community enjoyed the event.” Keep an eye out for emails for upcoming Res Life programs.