Second to Last Semester Week Recap

Miryam Villarreal

April 29th, 2017

As graduation approaches and as the semester concludes, many events have occurred during the week of April 24th to 28th for SXU’s graduating seniors and for students with finals.

The week began with SXU’s Psi Chi chapter inducting their 19 newest members on Monday the 24th into the International Honor Society of Psychology. On Tuesday the 25th, the annual Scarlet and Grey Awards took place in McGuire Hall. During the award ceremony, student workers and leaders were recognized for their outstanding dedication throughout the year. A reception in the Butler Reception Hall followed the award ceremony. Each student attendee received a portable bluetooth speaker as a gift. Appetizers were also offered.

The following day, on Wednesday the 26th, Taste of SXU was hosted in the Shannon Center. Students were given free tickets for lunch entrees, desserts, and beverages. Tamales, pizza, empanadas, wraps, sandwiches, and ice cream pleased students’ palates. Students also took pictures in a photo booth and received free t-shirts. During this day, SXU’s It’s On Us promoted Denim Day, which encouraged students to wear jeans to show protest against sexual violence. Small denim patches were displayed in the diner. Additionally, SXU’s Tri-Beta chapter hosted a Wolf Show in which the Big Run Wolf Ranch brought wildlife animals, including a wolf. Attendees learned about these animals and petted them.

On Thursday the 27th, SXU’s Commuter Peer Ministry’s gave out chicken and potato flautas (fried tacos) with beans and rice. Commuters and peer ministers were all welcome to grab some food. More food was offered by the Northwest Community Credit Union at SXU, who were offering hot dogs for students. Additionally, SXU’s Tri-Beta chapter inducted new members to its National Biological Honor Society. Later during the day, Senior Night was celebrated at Gilhooley’s. The first 150 seniors present got a pub glass or stemless wine glass. Additionally, seniors got free appetizers, drinks, and took pictures in the photo booth.

During the last day of the week, on Friday the 28th, the Tribute to Peace prayer service took place in McGuire Hall. Several speakers shared their stories that covered a variety of topics, such as life on the Southside of Chicago and an educational journey in the 1960s. SXU students painted a mural representing peace while the guest speakers continued their speeches. Meanwhile, SXU’s Tau Sigma chapter hosted a bake sale in the diner to raise donations for Misericordia, an organization that helps individuals with special needs. Lastly, a Jazz concert was hosted that night by SXU’s Jazz Ensemble and was a tribute for SXU graduating seniors.

Free pancakes will be given on Monday, May 1st at the Finals Breakfast from 10:00pm to 11:30pm in the Diner. Good luck to all seniors graduating, and to all students with finals!

Miryam Villarreal

Senior News Editor

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