RHA celebrates the year

By Sam Hayes

Sam Hayes, Collegian Staff
To end their first semester as the Residence Hall Association (RHA) the former Residence Leader Association (RLA) held a celebration in the Campus Center on Tuesday night complete with desserts, refreshments and other awards for cluster presidents, Student Government Association (SGA) senators

“It’s been a huge transition for us,” said RHA Recruitment and Retention Chair Brittney Smith about the RHA taking control over House Council from the SGA, “but we think it’s been successful.”

“We’re excited to see what happens in the future,” said the 19–year–old sophomore addressing the RHA. “I hope you guys can see the difference you make.”

Smith explained that House Council working with programming as did the former RLA. At the end of the spring 2010 semester the SGA amended the constitution to create the RHA which would take over House Council responsibilities such as funds appropriation that the SGA was in charge of.

“It’s been a change, but I think it’s really positive,” said Smith about the two parties “joining forces.”

Smith says for the future she wants to increase attendance at meetings where only the cluster vice president is required to go to and “see more involvement [within] each cluster.”

“We want to better the residential halls the best we can,” said Smith. “We really like what we do.” Smith also wants to get the RHA’s “name out there more” and to have a better relationship with the SGA.

McNamara House president and sophomore astronomy major Inaam Khoury explained the celebration simply as “going over what we have done this year.”

Khoury points to success he has had in his building with events but said “outside of the building we haven’t done much.” Currently, Khoury is trying to build a “smoking shack” in Sylvan Residential Area that will give smokers somewhere to smoke without smoking outside of the building after recent complaints.

RHA Billy Guadino spoke about the SGA motion that was tabled last week relating to the creation of a SGA vice president and his proposed power over the RHA.

“We’re going to see what happens, and that’s where it stands now,” said Gaudino who authored a counter legislation against the SGA’s proposal. SGA senators Ben Johnson and Zach Broughton were in attendance as well as chief of staff and RHA liaison Rachel Dutton.

Clusters Dwight, Hamlin, Leach, and Baker, Chadbourne, Greenough tied for the “Cluster of the Semester” competition. The competition is based on points and attendance to give RHA members additional incentive to attend.

“It is important to get recognized,” said Smith about why they have the award. Dwight, Hamlin, and Leach won a tie breaker to win the plaque.

The night’s celebrations concluded with a video slideshow of team building and RHA events.

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