October was quite the busy month for Loyd Commons. It was a month of continued
traditions, but also a months of successful firsts.|
The Loyd Purpose Committee continued their monthly TEDxTuesday on the first
Tuesday of October. They continued their incorporation of diversity and social justice
to the dinner discussion. This round featured a TED Talk called "Why we protest"
discussing Colin Kaepernick and the impact of his efforts. The discussion enabled
people on both sides of the conversation to share their views free of judgement in
The Responsibility Committee coordinated the second annual Loyd Feeds the City in
which students from across campus were invited to come and make sandwiches for
the homeless. The committee this year set a goal to make 1500 sandwiches, which
was 500 more than the previous year. The 1500 sandwiches were made for a local
shelter and delivered after all the sandwiches were made.
The Creativity Committee recruited numerous performers for the fourth annual Loyd
Live show. The event allows residents to showcase a variety of talents for the
community. This year they opened it up to the entire quad. The event is always a big
hit and one faculty member from another community how jealous she was of the
event and how much she loved the ambience it created.
A new event that was introduced in October was Floor Games. Floor Games is a
inter-floor event to encourage comradry and friendly competition between the five
floors. Each of the five Loyd Committees signed up for a floor for which they created
a series of activities for floor teams to compete. The Responsibility Committee also
added in a fundraising aspect to the event - each floor competed to raise the most
money for Relay for Life and in total ended up raising $250. The event has already
received a lot of great feedback from residents and it is sure to make a return next
year to become an annual tradition.
Another new initiative that was implemented was Camp Fire Chats. The idea came
about from one of the RAs Strategic Planning initiatives to help increase social
interaction in a safe, low pressure environment. The Camp Fire Chats also served to
help residents get to know their Council Executives, Peer Leaders, and RAs better as
each of the Leadership Team members signed up to attend several of the chats. The
community purchased s'more makers that are fire safe. Residents were invited to
come sit around the "fire" and make s'mores together. The chats were so successful
at the beginning of the month that two more weeks were scheduled for the Camp Fire
Chats to occur again this semester, one at the end of October and one for November.
One of the biggest undertakings in October for Loyd was Homecoming. Loyd has
participated in homecoming since we began in August 2014. However, the new
aspect this year was that we participated in every event even having Homecoming
Candidates. Loyd partner with another community to help share the workload of
participating in each event. There were six aspects of Homecoming this year
including mascot decorating, banner decorating, field day, service day, social media
competition, and parade participation. The Friendship Committee worked hard to
complete every aspect of the event and even picked up the slack when the other
community face some internal struggles that limited their ability to fully participate.
We face many challenges in October. With the hard work and dedication of the
community and leadership team, the month was truly a success.
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