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Student Government/Activities/Clubs Update

By: Frank Altamuro

The Student Government Association (SGA) is promoting a year of positivity. SGA is hosting events to enhance campus life and energize students to encourage involvement. This semester began with the Involvement Fair on September 5, 2012. Over 30 clubs and organizations recruited new members and handed out information on their activities for the year. On September 11, Student Government held a 9/11 prayer service in which 140 students attended in honor of the fallen soldiers. On September 18, a forum with Dr. Mirenda, President of Neumann University, was held to address student concerns. Also, Student Government entered into Peace One Day. Peace One Day is a national organization to promote peace on September 21; a day ruled by the United Nations as a cease fire. Coming up in October, SGA will host the annual Clubs Commissioning Dinner. This day of prayer for progress will set a positive mood to help Neumann leadership grow as a unit. Advisor to Student Government, James Gallo stated, “This year I will be constantly reminding each member of student government why we are here, that is, to make a difference for the students and voice their opinions to create change.” Gallo and the fifteen elected members of SGA are in the process of starting nine new clubs on campus and authorizing club budgets. Freshmen Representatives are currently submitting applications for Student Government. At the conclusion of this election, SGA will be at full strength and will keep students notified about upcoming endeavors.
Student Activities Update
The Student Activities Board (SAB) is sponsoring Homecoming from October 19-21. Ashanti will be performing in the Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development. Tickets will be on sale in the Student Activities Office in the last week of September, but remember for Neumann students it is free! Student Activities is also working on supporting co-curricular activities this year. Rock the Vote, sponsored by MTV, will be held on Thursday, September 27. This event will be informative. It will educate students on the rights of our independence and encourage them to register for the upcoming election.
Student Activities will also be sponsoring athletic excursions to the Philadelphia Eagles, Flyers, Phillies and Union games. In addition, there will be trips to Wildwood, New York, Hershey Park and the Franklin Institute. SAB is working tirelessly to have a variety of events that incorporate education, excitement and engagement.  The club promotes strengthening student to student bonding. Events are held to appeal to a wide variety of interest groups. This method is in correlation with the school’s mission of diversity. SAB welcomes new members and hopes to continue to expand the program.

Club Updates
Coffee and Conversation Club will be meeting this semester to discuss topics such as the upcoming election and misconceptions with homosexuality. Neumann Media is hosting College Radio Day on October 2, with musicians to enhance radio awareness. Pre-Med Club and Students in Free Enterprise Club both presented constitutions to Student Government and are awaiting club approval. There is talk of an Ally Club, Pre-Law Club and Spirit Club. Details to be released in October.

Ally Program – An Introduction

by Lewis Johnson
“I always refer to the Ally Program as the little engine that could because what started out as a small group has grown in size, and the word is spreading. Starting the Ally Program last year was one of the greatest things I have done at Neumann, and my love for it grows every single day. Being able to break the molds and divides that occur within society is what our group strives to do. It is my passion to be able to be that support to students who may be of the GLBTQA community or any student who is feeling conflicted about an issue. My goal for the group is to create a safe, non-judgmental space for all students to express their thoughts and concerns, and receive insight and advice from their peers. And we want to make it known that they are not alone in this journey called “life.”
We meet every Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Counseling Center for Wellness, with the exception of a few Thursdays, which can be found on our Facebook page at ‘Neumann University Ally Program.'”


Club of the Month–Boogie Knights

By: Sarah McGann
Contributing Staff

     Boogie Knights are on the rise. This group of young women is a widely developed group of dancers who come together for the joy of dancing and performing. Their dance shirts say it all: “We dance for laughter, We dance for tears, We dance for madness, We dance for fear, We dance for hope, We dance for screams, We are the Dancers, We create the Dream!” Boogie Knights don’t just wear the saying but prove it to be their mission statement and live by the same terms. The girls love to dance and have passion for what they do.

     “I’ve danced since I was three,” said Captain Melissa Hausman. “It’s my outlet for stress and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

     Boogie Knights are a student government-run club with twenty dancers. Hausman and Miranda LaBricciosa take the role as captains and lead the club. Their dance styles range from jazz, to hip hop, tap and ballet. No matter what the style, each dance uses flexibility in body movements to express ideas and emotions while telling a story. This club has grown over the years and hopes to increase the group membership each year. 

The Boogie Knights team photo

The Boogie Knights team photo!

     “Boogie Knights isn’t just a club,” said Hausman. “It has become my second family.”

     Boogie Knights has had its most performance’s this year and plans on continuing the growth. Throughout the year, the group has performed at various university functions. During Homecoming weekend, the ladies performed at the King and Queen Pageant, the Spirit Car decorating contest and pep rally and the university picnic. Boogie Knights won first place in the Spirit Car decorating contest for their elaborate posters reflecting their true passion for dance. The club also danced at Temple University in the Underground Theatre and joined other universities in the tri state area by dancing in “Philly’s Best Dance Crew” to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Boogie Knights also joined the Dancers for Dimes to support the March of Dimes in the Alumni Auditorium at Widener University. The dancers took big steps to support little feet and babies together. In just one afternoon, the young women raised almost $4,000 to help improve the health of babies. 

     As the years go on, Boogie Knights hope to get more people involved on campus.

     “We really want to grow and become more recognizable here at Neumann,” said Hausman.     

     Everyone is welcome to dance and no one will be turned away. Even if you haven’t danced before, you are welcome to learn and work with the Boogie Knights and enjoy the passion of dancing. The club practices every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30-8:45PM in the dance room of the Mirenda Center. Boogie Knights is open to all students at Neumann and as a group, the dancers hope to see you at their spring recital in April!

Photo Courtesy of the Boogie Knights club.