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All around campus, the reminders of events put on by the Student Administrative Council (SAC) are pinned up for us to see. They have themes like Rubix Cube Night and Country Night, among others. It’s a wonder who comes up with these events and why they are chosen.
Meneka Iyer, SAC’s director of social programming, says she draws inspiration from several sources, but she likes to put her own spin on the events.
“By going to conferences with student council members from other schools, I get ideas for the mock-events that we put on there. I try to take the ideas I get from those and relate them back to our school and put my own spin on them.”
Many of the events are repeats from previous years, for example Country Night, because the success rate is high each year.
The students at the Welland campus expressed their views on the SAC events this year.
Even though he only started taking classes on the fifth of March, John Clement, a student in the Metal Fitter, Fabricator, Welding Pre-Apprenticeship program at the Welland campus, has experienced the plus side of SAC events.
“Since I started here, I’ve attended two SAC events and have nothing but good things to say about them.”
Clement says he looks forward to going to more in the future because it brings a positive vibe to his college experience.
Tara Dortono, a Social Worker student, also has nothing but good things to say about SAC events.
“They’re a good way to have fun and mingle at the college.”
On top of taking inspiration and influence from her own thoughts as well as the conferences with other schools’ student councils, Iyer says that input from the students is always welcome.
“I like to ask students whether or not they have seen a specific event or if they would like to. I also have Post-It notes in the residence here at the Welland campus.
At SAC, we’re here for the students, so their opinion and feedback matters more than they think.”
If you have any suggestions for themes or anything SAC related, there is a suggestion box located in The Core.