Last week the RHA elections took place. Elections were held September 13th and 14th in the diner from 11am-1pm. For those who aren’t aware of what RHA stands for it is the Resident Housing Association. This organization is composed of five executive board members and eight community representatives from Saint Xavier’s residence halls. As a team they come together and create activities to help build a community among the residents on campus. Their main focus is to meet the needs of the residents. In order to do so, they work hand in hand with residents and the Office of Residence Life to bring students together through various activities that help build a better living environment for all.
Each Community Representative (CR) applicant filled out an application explaining who they are, why they wanted to be a CR and what makes them the best candidate for the position. Regina Hall has two CRs, Pacelli has one and the Quad Halls have four.
The turnout was very successful in comparison to the previous year’s elections. RHA is happy to inform the students of Saint Xavier University that this year’s CRs have been chosen. In Regina Hall, the CRs are Mia Kahlon and Alexis Stiles. In Pacelli, the CR is Jackie Cabrera and in the Quad halls we will have Katie Deason, Leo Ontiveros, Emily Gorsch and Sam Hernandez.
The members of RHA are the voices of the residents. They call attention to different issues and concerns through a unified body; thereby providing programs that enhance student life, extending and enriching the academic experience for students and contributing to an environment which encourages personal growth and development.
Considering that this organization has high expectations, they expect that anyone in office representing them must meet the standards that they uphold and must have the best interest for the students of Saint Xavier University.
A huge congratulation is extended to each and every one of the new CRs. They are now the next advocates for the residences. In addition, they will plan programs for the students so they can let down their guard and create a bond with one another to make things better. The new CRs will learn to work hand in hand with the RHA executive board to help with program planning to meet the needs of the residents.
As all of these tasks are significant the most essential tasks will be to plan, publicize and host programs for the students, serve as liaison between RHA and the residents in their buildings and work as an advocate for residents.
It is important that the voices of the SXU community residents are heard in the most respectful way possible. Our new CRs will help their residents get their message across. They are clearly up for the challenge to tackle down some resident issues. With this position along comes commitment, time, an open ear to hear resident issues, and a mouth to voice the issues that they face. Connecting with the residents of SXU is the number one priority of being a CR. Again congratulations to Saint Xavier’s new CRs. The race is finally over.