BSU reflects on fall semester events

By The Elm - Nov 08,2018@12:00 am

By Olivia Montes

Elm Staff Writer

Last year, the Black Student Union provided Washington College with a little bit of relief after the stress of midterm season by hosting performances of on-the-spot comedy routines at their first Wild’N’Out event.

This year, however, the event took a different turn, according to junior BSU President Paris Mercier.

“It didn’t work out as planned,” she said, “We didn’t have enough teams to compete, so instead we decided to do a karaoke lip-sync battle kind of night.”

As a last-minute attempt, the union pulled together to create an interactive activity for all students brave enough to take the stage to belt out their hearts and souls.

“Due to unforeseeable complications, we ended up changing our event to Open Mic Night,” said sophomore Jada Arstilde, BSU’s social chair.

“Students would volunteer to sing, lip-sync and dance on stage. [The event] provided a safe space for Washington College students to socialize and de-stress during this week, which has been hectic and busy for everyone,” Arstilde said.

The BSU is a student-led group who host a number of themed events on campus, which in the past included a Tropical Party last year for Halloween weekend and a Black History Month Kick-Off Dinner.

The Union started off this semester with a Kickback Event in order to encourage students to mingle and establish the club’s presence on campus.

“The event involved music, dancing, and singing,” Arstilde said, “A student named Barbra came on the stage and sang ‘I Will Survive’ and a number of other selections and won two lip-sync battles between a fellow BSU member and a friend she brought [with her].”

As a member of both BSU and the Student Events Board, Mercier collaborated with SEB to host a Halloween-themed night this past Wednesday.

“We watched a movie, carved and painted pumpkins, and enjoyed yummy treats. It came about because of my involvement in both organizations and wanting to make sure that we have intersectionality between minority groups and larger campus organization groups,” Mercier said.

The club will round out this semester with an ugly Christmas sweater and movie event on Dec. 7, and has already begun brainstorming for next semester.

“BSU has so much in store for not only this semester but are kicking things off with planning for next semester. We are planning to kick off a mentorship program with the elementary, middle school and high school students of Chestertown,” Mecier said.

BSU welcomes and encourages all students and staff members to come and participate in future events, as they plan on bringing more creative and inclusive activities to campus.

“I’m really looking forward to all that is coming for our partnerships and last few events. We hope for students to really be able to connect and most importantly have fun,” Mercier said.

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