Student organization continues to hold events in a virtual environment.
By Annika Henthorn
With the world engulfed by a constant virtual reality, Zoom has become the heartbeat of our society. In order to adjust to these trying times, Campus Activity Board (CAB) has worked around the clock to provide a fun and COVID-safe outlet for students to decompress. Whether that is through Kahoot, Zoom, or other online resources, students have the opportunity to participate in the ongoing, and upcoming events CAB is hosting.
In-person activities have gradually transformed into a pleasant memory of the past; however, this is not without hope. The union of online resources and added preparation time has allowed CAB to host fully virtual and interactive events with prizes.
The challenges that come along with virtual events are obvious; however, in an effort to mend the growing chasm between students and the Saint Mary’s community, evening program coordinator for CAB, sophomore, Carly Marks, hosted a Pop Culture Kahoot for students virtually. Confined by the protocols of COVID-19, this event marked the beginning of a new norm, at least for now. Budget cuts have also led to less versatility in regards to what CAB is able to accomplish; however, the top three winners were still offered prizes such as a JBL Go2 speaker and Spotify/Starbucks gift cards.
Held on September 21st, the Kahoot consisted of three rounds, each a different theme including celebrities, movies, and current music. In order to keep up, being well-versed in pop-culture was shockingly a must.
With midterms in full swing, school has remained the forefront of many people’s agendas, myself included. Carly Marks attested that although it has been “a struggle to get students on zoom, especially with courses being mostly virtual, the turnout was unbelievable.” More than 40 students attended, validating not only the dedication of the students to the school but also vice versa.
CAB is also planning a virtual Bingo Night for September 30. Prizes include an Air Fryer, airpods, and a JBL speaker. Additionally, they are creating a spinoff of MTV Crib to flaunt student’s changes in bedrooms or office spaces in response to COVID-19. The dates remain undecided; however, it is a fun way to highlight overdue spring cleaning or room changes students have made since the initial lockdown.
As difficult as it is to stay connected to students through the same screen that classes are typically on, these events continue to strengthen the student body of Saint Mary’s. With the constant chaos that seems to be unveiling itself this year, it is crucial that students stay involved even if it is through Kahoot or a game of Bingo. Who wouldn’t want to win an air fryer?
Ryan Ford '23,