There’s no place like Witt. There’s no place like Witt. On Friday, February 4, Valentine’s day came early for Wittenberg.
With the collaboration of Diversity Matters, Peer Helpers, the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, CBS, and the class of 2013, a jamboree in celebration of love took place. Wittenberg students were invited to the basement of the Student Center to simply celebrate being part of Wittenberg’s family.
“When I came to Wittenberg, I chose it above any other school because I felt a sense of family and a sense of unity when I came on my visit,” said junior Joe Szabo.
In light of recent events on campus, Szabo along with Peer Helpers felt that the Chapel Hour was “somber, respectful, and necessary, but not enough.” Therefore, a committee of leaders on campus that included Szabo, sophomores Adan Hassan (Diversity Matters and Class of 2013), Lamont Sanders (CBS), Adam Schueler (GSA), junior Allison Conklin (Peer Helpers) and seniors Andrew Tudor (Alpha Phi Alpha) and Rebecca Zajac (Peer Helpers) felt that a fun celebration of the community that Wittenberg provides was needed.
The formal events took place in the form of raffles. The first raffle was for 9 “One Love” t-shirts and 6-$10 gift cards to assorted food places on campus. The second raffle was a free, personal Valentines Day serenade from The Wittmen Crew, according to Szabo. Dopplegangers was open for games, the photo hunt league was going on, and Founders was open. Snack foods and drinks were also provided so students could socialize and come together to celebrate their love for Wittenberg.
The goal of the event was to hopefully be one step in the right direction toward bringing unity back to the campus, according to Szabo.
“I felt a sense of unity when I came on my [first] visit [to Witt],” said Szabo. “This sense of family has been subject to a lot of strife in recent months. We needed something fun and [to] just celebrate being part of Wittenberg’s family.”
(Nicole Mangas / firstname.lastname@example.org)