By: Jenny Mendoza ~Copy Editor~
Student Government Association (SGA) Student Activities Council (SAC) and Xtreme Fans worked to bring a new, weeklong tradition to campus called 1831 Week. 1831 Week was Feb. 1-Feb.8, and was filled with various activities from a semi-formal dance, free food and free prize giveaways.
Saturday Feb. 1 was a day full of Xavier men and women’s basketball, playing Seton Hall and Butler, respectively. Xtreme Fans gave out X-Pulse prizes at the men’s game vs. Seton Hall and a “Pop, Lock and Blob It” t-shirt at the women’s game vs. Butler. Later that night was the 1831 Semi-Formal Dance put on by SAC in Cintas Banquet Room Two. On Monday Feb. 3, the Xavier men’s basketball team played Villanova on the road, and there was a game watch party at 7 p.m. in the Gallagher Atrium.
The Rohina Malik show with Alternative Breaks that was originally planned for Tuesday, Feb.4 was postponed until 2 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 5. Later that evening the women’s basketball team played DePaul, although due to the University closing, the Xtreme Fans t-shirt giveaway had to be cancelled.
On Thursday Feb. 6, free donuts and hot chocolate were provided outside of Gallagher Student Center from 7:30-10 a.m. There was a planned t-shirt swap at 4 p.m. in Fenwick Atrium where, if students brought t-shirts from other colleges, they could exchange them for a Xavier basketball jersey. However, the event was postponed due to the weather.
Friday, Feb. 7 had extremely cold and icy weather so for the safety of students willing to campout for the men’s basketball game vs. Providence on Saturday Feb. 8, the campout was cancelled. However, there was free Qdoba, Xtreme Fan t-shirts, a raffle and a DJ in the Gallagher Atrium.
To cap off the last day of 1831 Week, the first 500 students in the Hoff Dining Complex received free breakfast prior to the men’s basketball game vs. Providence.
SGA, SAC and Xtreme Fans are all beyond pleased with the results of the first 1831 Week. “Attendance was high for all of the events. Although, the week had many changes to it, overall we were still happy with the outcome,” Administrative Vice President Keenan Collins said.
“We cannot be more thankful for the organizations and offices that contributed to the success of the week. We have heard great feedback from students and other offices that would love to be apart of this week and to continue it in future years. Xavier has very minimal traditions, and we hope by starting this week it will grow and continue to be ‘A Week to Remember,’” Collins said.