SGA shares holiday cheer

December 18, 2008

by Samantha Horn

Tech’s Student Government Association hoped to spread a little holiday cheer this season by decorating Tolliver Hall with lights, colorful wreaths and a brightly adorned tree.

SGA members gathered Dec. 2 to devote some of their time helping students enjoy the holiday season.

Laura Hogan, SGA president and a senior English major, said the purpose of the decorations is to promote holiday spirit among students.

“We noticed that some other universities were decorating their campuses and we wanted to create a nice space for students to study and hang out,” Hogan said.

She said decorating Tolliver Hall is just one of the services SGA provides for students and this is the third year SGA has decorated Tolliver for the holidays.

Jared Regan, SGA executive treasurer and a senior finance major, came up with the idea two years ago.

“When I was a freshman, I noticed we had to come up here for most of the holidays and it didn’t really feel homey,” he said. “There wasn’t much holiday spirit at Tech.”

Regan is originally from New Orleans and said it is a tradition for his family to visit a light display during the holidays.

“We were trying to create an atmosphere like that on campus,” Regan said.

He said the original plan included lighting displays in Tolliver as well as Centennial Plaza and the Quadrangle, but due to funding limitations and risk management problems, the decorations could only be placed in Tolliver.

“Aramark has been very generous and even helped with purchasing decorations,” Regan said.

He said decorating Tolliver Hall is always fun and the decorations are great.

“Last year, we were able to add to the decorations, but because some of the decorations are old and because of funding issues, it is a little bit less done up this year,” he said.

He also said the decorations are not specific to any religion and are considered general holiday decorations and SGA would love to hear feedback from students about the decorations.

“If they enjoy it, let us know,” he said. “We want to know if students would like to help put up the decorations in the future because decorating is a tradition for most people.”

Ryan Grumble, campus activities board member and a sophomore mechanical engineering major, said about 15 SGA members participated in decking the hall this year.

“All SGA members are required to either help decorate or take down the decorations,” he said. “The decorations are not as lucrative this year as they have been in the past, though, because we did not have as many people to help put them up.”

He said although there is not a large area to decorate in Tolliver, SGA hopes to show a little bit of the holiday spirit.