SMC Pride Week kicks off today with rally
The winds of change are in the air for Saint Mary's Pride Day. The celebration of pride, established three years ago, has this year become Saint Mary's Pride Week.
When Marilou Eldred became president of the College three years ago, the mayors of Mishawaka, South Bend and Elkhart declared Oct. 6 as pride day for the College.
"We really wanted to involve the entire campus and touch on every aspect: academic, social and spiritual," student body president Nancy Midden said.
Picnics, pep rallies, free T-shirts, bands and contests are planned for students.
The week will kick off with a pep rally today at 5:30 p.m. on the library green with special recognition for athletes. T-shirts will also be distributed.
"The T-shirts are sponsored by the Alumnae Association of Saint Mary's College. I am excited they have been so helpful with pride week," said senior Emily Koelsch, who helped coordinate Pride Week.
Tuesday's events will focus on academics and "promoting students to show pride in their majors," said senior Angie Little.
Presentations sponsored by Students Independent Study and Research Grants (SISTAR) will be given Tuesday at 7 p.m. by students and professors presenting research projects from the past year. These presentations are intended to show the community what is being done academically at the College.
Wednesday is the official "pride day" for the week and students will have the opportunity to talk with Holy Cross sisters in the dining hall.
A prayer service in Le Mans Hall will wrap up the week's events on Friday. Saint Mary's is also co-hosting the pep rally at the Joyce Center with Notre Dame that night.
"We're so excited. It will be neat to see all different aspects of [the College] during the week," Midden said.
All News Stories for Monday, October 4, 1999