Candy and giveaways highlighted Heart Your Union, as 16 various student organizations and services gathered on the second floor of the Blum Union to show students what they have to offer.
This free event was put on by the Student Government association and headed by Senator Brian Shewell, who serves as the Chairman for Campus Advancement Committee. It took place on February 12 from noon to three in the afternoon.
Organizations present included recreational services, sororities and fraternities and student clubs and organizations.
Gifts included fleece blankets from Student Affairs, folding chairs from the SGA and hair care products along with teddy bears from the Nontraditional and Commuter Student Center.
Students were also able to take part in free massages, henna tattoos, cookie decorating and H.I.V. Testing.
“We looked at what events and what groups we did last year,” Shewell said. “We decided to change it up this year. During International Fair, we saw that henna was a huge hit…. The massages are always a huge hit and last year we actually ran out of cookies.”
The Student Affairs office had perhaps the most important issue for students to consider. With the university moving in the direction of executing a master plan, which was formulated by by independent master planners, the pool area in the Looney Complex was a major area in need of improvement.
Student Affairs asked students to fill out a survey about their personal usage of the pool. These form will be available for any students who were unable to attend Heart Your Union in the Student Affairs office in Blum 228.
The forms ask if you knew their was a swimming pool for students on campus, if you have ever used it, and if you think the university should keep the pool or replace it with other form of recreational space and what you would like that space to contain.
Joe Nash, a student helping with the Student Affairs booth, believes that events like these help to keep students aware of their union.
“I have class with some people who don’t even know there is a second floor to the union so its important for people to ‘heart’ their union, by knowing it exists,” Nash said.
The event grew substantially from the previous year when they were not able to fill the tables that they were provide and this year they had to bring in extra tables according to Jessica Frogge, Administrative Coordinator for SGA.