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By SAS President India Mullady (‘11) Halloween is past, and Thanksgiving break is soon approaching. This is crunch time for students and for SAS. We plan our final events for the semester, make major pushes with the administration and try to balance SAS while being a student. Here are a few things going on the semester you should know about. First of all, the food committee was formed, giving students the opportunity to provide input and receive transparency about the Malott Commons. We hosted a BeHeard forum on the subject and sent out a survey to the student body. We will present the survey results in the near future, and thank you to all who participated. Secondly, we opened the student union. You know this, but I want to reiterate that this is your space, so please use it and let us know if there is more we can do to make it more homey or more colorful. It is open 24/7—all you need is your swipe card. And last but not least: hall draw. Think it is stressful? Is there a way we can change the process? Have you heard of a different system? Is there an opportunity to increase community? Our next BeHeard forum will focus on hall draw, but in the meantime feel free to share any thoughts or opinions on the matter. We want to make it better for future students.

In the next few months, look forward to Eurotrash, the Holiday dinner in Malott, snack nights aplenty and so much more from SAS. Don’t forget to apply for funding from FAC (you can find forms in the student union) if you have an event, idea, or project you would like funded. Also, don’t forget to turn in a form with your reimbursements for your CLORG before the rush of December. You want your check before break, don’t you? Then you have to give our treasurers some lead time!

Since it is the season of giving, don’t be afraid to give our faculty and staff some shout-outs for all the tremendous work they have been doing. They are definitely the backbone that supports us. Let them know and give them a hug, thumbs up or smile. Everyone, including professors, administration, grounds, maintenance, career counselors, the registrar, senior staff and more deserve to know what outstanding contributions they are making to our time here.

Switching gears, please enjoy your last month or so of the fall semester. Don’t forget to support a friend in need by editing a Core paper, lab report or thesis draft. Lest I use the quote, “We’re all in this together,” it’s true and I feel certain that any and all help and support is appreciated.