During the month of November, North Hall has excelled as a residential
community. From diverse and fun RA programs, a Hall Council that has planned large
community events, and overall usage of community spaces, North has done it all. All
aspects of the hall have been in sync and collaboration between different groups has
created an incredible residential experience. |
North Hall is blessed to have large social spaces inside the hall, including the
MerryMonk lounge which takes up most of the 6th floor and offers a vast space for
studying, watching tv, playing pool / ping pong, and even a kitchen for cooking. On
any given night, there is always a group of people sitting around the tv watching a
movie, and a group of people participating in a study group. I’ve had multiple times
this month where I walk up to fill my water bottle at 1am, and find groups in both
study rooms, and various groups scattered throughout the MerryMonk engaging in
conversations and activities with each other. In particular, there’s a dungeons and
dragons group that can be found laughing and playing once a week.
The North Hall RA’s truly outdid themselves in terms of programming this month,
and their marketing flyers were easily accessible to residents. The programs were
both creative and engaging, including an Office Themed diversity program and a
Mario Kart program centered around challenging residents to beat RA Jacob Britt.
They took the existing ideas of diversity programming and social programming, and
added unique aspects to them that made the programs more engaging for residents.
They also held two stress relief programs, one which included donuts. Plus two
educational programs to teach residents study techniques and interpersonal skills.
November was a month that truly highlighted the capabilities of the North Hall
Council, and the residential experience that is unique to North Hall. North held its
annual “North Feast” Thanksgiving event that Hall Council and RA’s collaborate on
for a full day event. Cooking and group bonding began early Sunday morning, and
carried on throughout the day until the programs start time at 6. The kitchen was
packed with people cooking, and the MerryMonk Lounge was packed with people
eating, all having a merry time taking in the event. The event was large enough that
two IRC Vice Presidents came up to North just to experience the atmosphere. RA
Syon Chand was a cheerful face to welcome people to the program, and Residence
Director Crystal Thibodeaux personally checked people in and engaged with all the
residents in attendance.
The North Hall community is also well represented at IRC (Inter-Residence Hall)
and PAC (Program Allocation Committee) meetings. Caroline Elliott has made sure
that North was represented at IRC for every meeting in November, and when she
couldn't attend, the proper steps were taken for Josh Reyes to attend. Many other
halls were able to benefit from hearing about North Feast preparations, and given
ideas for holding their own Thanksgiving events. Jacob Lewis has been the
representative at PAC and received positive remarks from the IRC VP of Finance for
his insights and willingness to participate in discussions. These representatives have
ensured that the residents of North Hall have a voice in the North Carolina State
Community, and succeeded at building relationships with other residence halls.
I’m incredibly thankful to live at North Hall, and this sentiment is shared by
everyone I’ve talked to. The space and the things in the hall are great, but it’s the
people, and the dedication by all the staff members that make it a truly incredible
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