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New hall council adds another opportunity for student leadership

Submitted by Victoria Hickey on April 16, 2014 – 3:35 pmNo Comment

Hall Activities Council Executive Members make and sell valograms for Valentine's Day. Pictured left to right: Kayla Phillips, Caprice Phillips, Chenesia Brown, and Dariane Mull

For residents looking for more ways to be a leader on campus and hang out with other students after class, the newly-formed Hall Council may help meet their needs.

Hall Council was started last semester as a way for residents to help support their resident assistants and Hall Directors with the programs they host for their residence halls. The purpose of Hall Council is to act as a voice of the residents. Members of Hall Council help set up for events, prepare resources and help work the events. Hall Council takes some of the pressure off of the RAs and hall directors. Hall Council is also a way to bring the residents closer together. By working with other residents within one’s dorm, one can meet new people and get more experience working as a team.

Members of Hall Council plan activities such as community service events, social and educational events. At meetings, members can discuss what events they want to have and things that they do and do not like at the residence halls. Currently, West Hall residents are trying to lobby for a vending machine. By being a member of Hall Council, one can encourage others to get involved, have fun participating in activities around campus and help others participate in service projects. It is a great stepping stone for taking on any leadership position, especially an RA position.

Last semester, the East Hall Council hosted a successful “Black Light Night” event. Over twenty residents showed up for the festivities. Residents were face painting, splatter-painting even painting each other’s faces, arms, and shirts. The residents put up a poster in the parlor that people could paint which stayed on display for a week.

West Hall just began a regular event called Sunday Night Live. Activities for SNL included karaoke, live music and lots of other performances for residents by residents. The group said they had a good turn out and everyone enjoyed themselves.

There is a small rivalry between East and West Hall Council. The East Hall Council is represented by their mascot Pat the Penguin and their motto “East is Beast”. The West Hall Council is represented by the Golden Eagles and their motto, in a Southern accent, “Do it right, do it West.” This healthy competition between the two dorms encourages both dorms to create great programs that people of all different types will enjoy and want to come back to.

Students interested in joining Hall Council need only attend a meeting. West Hall schedules their meetings on Mondays at 9 p.m and East Hall schedules theirs on Thursdays at 9 p.m. All residents are welcome to join their hall councils, even if they cannot attend every event.

For more information, contact either Leanna Payton, the West Hall Director, at or Ricky Harris, the East Hall Director, at

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