One week after the execution of Troy Davis, the students of SMCM held a candlelight vigil to commemorate his life and the lives of those who have been affected by the death penalty.
In director Michael Ellis-Tolaydo’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy, Rosalind (first year Emma Kaufman), the daughter of the exiled Duchess (senior Jameylyn Warren), is banished by her evil aunt Lady Frederick (senior Briana Manente).
As part of Museum Studies Week, John Coski presented a lecture on the Confederate flag, “America’s Most Controversial Symbol.” Coski is the Historian and Vice President of Research and Publications for the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia.
On Saturday, October 1, to kick off the Hawktoberfest athletic activities, the field hockey team at St. Mary’s organized a community service event to benefit the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
On September 30th and October 1st 2011 St. Mary’s College celebrated its fifth annual Hawktoberfest and Parent’s Weekend. In its latest iteration Hawktoberfest is concurrent with Parent’s Weekend and includes The Great Bamboo Boat Races, athletic events, and live music, lectures, tours, and a variety of other events.
On Saturday Oct. 1, 2011, the annual “Great Bamboo Boat Race” was held during Hawktoberfest at Family Weekend. Out of the 15 teams registered, 13 participated in three separate heats, the two preliminary races and the final. The teams had three hours to cobble together a seaworthy vessel out of raw materials that could carry them to victory.
On Thursday, Sept. 29 about thirty students, faculty, and staff attended the Big Queer Potluck and Open Forum for Inclusivity on campus. The potluck was the first in a planned series of events intended to embrace LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual) students, faculty, and staff at St. Mary’s. Students discussed their experiences as part of the St. Mary’s campus community, and talked about services addressing the needs of LGBTQIA students that St. Mary’s already provides or that could be added to campus.
Due to problems of information, technology, and weather, the Student Government Association (SGA) elections were delayed till Sept. 30 and were held till Oct. 3.
On Friday, Sept. 30, there was a Presidential Forum entitled “Conversation on Strategic Visioning.” Led by Beth Rushing, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, the conversation focused on looking at the mission statement and determining if it fit St. Mary’s College.
St. Mary’s touts itself as a green school, and yet some alumni were still wondering why the College has not shown up in any prestigious green school rankings, such as The Princeton Review, Sierra Club’s Cool Schools, or the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).