SAA Seeks Innovation
by Emma James on Friday, April 8th, 2016
What would an academically, athletically, and artistically rigorous environment like Milton be without a little fun? It would probably be a horrible experience, but luckily our student body has a panel of representatives that organize weekend activities for students spending time on campus.
The Student Activities Association, more affectionately known as SAA, is a vital part of the Milton experience, whether you’re a boarder or a day student. SAA is responsible for huge events like Glow Dance, the Hypnotist, and more recently the incredible A Capella Night, as well as little weekly surprises too, like van runs to the movie theater and Bertucci’s. SAA also helps out with awesome weekend club activities like South Asian Society’s Henna Night.
The twenty-two diligent students, lead by Kelly Reiser, congregate once each week to discuss what the school wants and how to arrange it. Senior member and co-head Trevor Atkeson (I) shares, “SAA is a great group and I love planning events for all of the Milton community to experience.”When asked about the upcoming weekend events, specifically the Blackout Dance, Atkeson says “everybody should come; it’ll be a fun time.”
The rest of the year brings lots of annual traditions and fun new surprises. The third Beatnik of this year is this Friday, and Sophomore Semi, Boat Dance, and the ONYX Dance are just around the corner. The Blackout Dance on Saturday night will probably prove to be a popular event, and even Kelly Reiser, the SAA faculty advisor, herself agrees that April will be a engaging time in terms of SAA events.
Ms. Reiser revealed that SAA will probably schedule more IHOP runs in the future due to the popularity of the first, which happened this past Sunday (if you went, you signed up faster than the number of students on the waitlist). She also shared a personal idea about setting up a rollerblading rink decorated with neon lights and décor for a night of skating.
Ms. Reiser responded to a common rumor regarding the allowing of day students to participate in weekend events, stating that “the activities are not geared only towards boarders, that’s a misconception…the budget I’m given handles every student.” No matter whether you board or not, all students are totally provided for during all hours of the week. And weekend events help build friendships between all students who live on or off campus.
Having SAA and weekend activities not only provides leisure for students on campus, but can often add depth or conversation to friendships made in classes, on the fields, or on stage. Claudia Chung (II) comments that the events result in “more conversations between peers,” and that “there’s always something to look forward to on the weekends with your friends, to get hyped for.” She also added that she enjoys especially food events, like those including the always-welcome food trucks, more of which will be driving to campus this year.
Elizabeth Capicotto (III), another member of SAA, talks about the wide range of different activities, saying, “we try to make sure there’s always something fun to do for everyone every weekend.” However, doing so is challenging if the collective student body doesn’t offer suggestions on what activities they want on the weekends. Ms. Reiser stressed the importance of hearing proposals from a wider audience, making a “plea” in which she expressed that “[SAA] wants to hear from the rest of the student body.”
If there’s an activity that you want to see happen (a hip-hop night or a weekly meditation hour, for example) bring it to the attention of the nearest SAA member. The power is in your hands, Milton.
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