By Katie Peters & Mike Maruk– Arts Editor & 1851 Staff
Painting pumpkins and pie-throwing filled the East and West Quad for the Autumn Extravaganza on Oct. 5, an event for students to get to know each other, their Resident Assistants (RAs) and their Area Coordinators (ACs). This event was put on by the ACs in
Residential Life with help from Student Activities and input from RAs.
It’s not often pro- grams put on by ‘Res Life’ are area-wide. Many times, RAs will hold events for their floor or building, but not in con- junction with other floors or buildings. This was the first area-wide program, or event sponsored by Res Life designed to include people from all parts of campus.
The event started at 2 p.m. with pumpkins from Wilson’s Farm in Lexington for residents to paint and two tables of fall-themed foods such as caramel apples and apple cider donuts. Residents waited in line to throw a pan of whipped cream at their RA. Sophomore Lindsey Morris had the opportunity to pie her RA, Cory Neal at the start of the event. “The pie-an-RA event was very fun in my opinion… I really appreciate Cory for taking it like a champ, too,” said Morris.
First-year Brett Carry arrived to the festival at the time when it was really booming, but decided to come back once the crowd had died down. To Carry’s surprise, coming back later on altered his experience.
Carry mentioned the residential staff put on a great activity for their first campus event, but maybe should have had a bit more supplies for the event. Many students that came later in the day missed the opportunity to paint pumpkins and enjoy donuts. “Me and maybe a few other groups there [didn’t get] a pumpkin,” said Carry.
“I don’t know if they were expecting more or fewer people to show up, but it happens.”
AC Amanda Smolenski says they’ve been planning this event for two months. She thought the event was well attended, saying Res Life could have “had more pumpkins, had more opportunities for [residents]. It was a good first experience to see how it was going to go and I think we can figure things from here.” She hopes to see another event like this on campus soon.
Though food and pumpkins went fast, students still hung out in the quad with activities provided by Res Life. Entertainment included lawn games and music DJ’d by juniors Charlotte Gitelman, Amanda Tamborelli and Nora Ortegas of Lasell’s radio station, WLAS. AC Kevin Castiglioni was pleased with the event turnout. “It’s been nice because this event started around 2 p.m., people were here at 1:45 p.m.,” said Castiglioni.
The main goal of the Autumn Extravaganza was for RAs and residents to get to know each other a little better.
According to junior RA Dylan Alves, the event was bigger than any of them expected. Mentioning the hard work of the ACs for putting on this event, he says events like this are important for RAs because they can become more connected to residents in all areas.
AC David DupreWilson said this event was held was to build a stronger community within Lasell. “Since we work in Residential Life, we’re trying to get people together in residential locations to have people talk to each other,” said DupreWilson.