By Shannon Nelson
The Student Activities Office has been working hard over the past two months to provide fun and entertaining events for Saint Mary’s University students.
With a Student Activities Committee (SAC) of sixteen executive board members and about 75 members, many events are in progress. On Nov. 16, acoustic singer Austin Kyle will perform in the Cardinal Club. SAC members first met Kyle at the National Association for Campus Activities convention and invited him to play on campus.
Another upcoming event is a pumpkin pie eating contest to celebrate Thanksgiving, organized by freshmen SAC members. Battle of the Bands will take place on Feb. 7. An informational meeting will be held on Nov. 7 for all students interested in competing.
In addition to these special events, SAC also organizes several ongoing activities on campus. Students can participate in SAC’s weekly Wednesday night movie at 9 p.m. in Salvi Lecture Hall or sign up for one of the bus trips to the Twin Cities for sporting events or visits to places like the Mall of America and the Science Museum. SAC is also visible at SMU sporting events where SMU Crew, made of SAC members, gives away t-shirts to students at the games.
“We hope to draw a more diverse crowd to events,” said Lance Thompson, assistant activities director. Thompson hopes to achieve this goal through student suggestions and requests.
Students are encouraged to attend events because they are planned solely for students “to get away from homework, have a good time and relieve stress,” said Thompson.
SAC meetings are open to all students, and are held in the President’s Room on Monday nights at 9 p.m.