By Jenna Shelton
Since distance learning has become an actual part of daily life in the past two months, L&C’s Student Activities has had to become creative. From having a weekly movie night via Netflix Party, where students can watch movies or shows together and chat at the same time, to a multitude of Zoom activities like a weekly chat or game nights where one can be the champion of Jeopardy but be horrible at Family Feud.
The ability to reach the students not only by email, phone, or by social media has allowed L&C’s Student Activities to attempt to maintain contact, have some fun in trying times, and of course, what they do best – give away gift cards or free stuff. Thus far the Epic Pet Contest has been the biggest hit, with the hopes that this weekend will top that.
The theme of the week for L&C Student Activities is “Throwback”. Currently, the L&C Student Activities Facebook page is running a Throwback Thursday Contest. Students, along with staff and faculty, are able to post pictures from back in the day, when they were young, they can also post the photo side-by-side with another photo of them trying to ‘recreate’ the scene of the throwback photo.
The photos must be posted under the original post on L&C’s Student Activities Facebook page. Those with the most likes will receive the Favorite Throwback Award and will receive a gift card via mail. Depending on how many people participate in the contest, there will also be gift cards sent out for a randomly selected amount of winners. The Throwback Thursday Contest will remain open until Monday, May 11, 2020, until 11:59 pm.
The remainder of this weekend will include a Throwback/Prom theme, starting tonight, Friday, May 8, 2020. L&C Student Activities will be hosting a group showing of the 1976 version of ‘Carrie’ via Netflix Party. “Carrie”, an adaption of Stephen King’s horror novel of the same title, tells the story of young sensitive, and withdrawn Carrie, who struggles with bullying at school and an especially difficult mother. Carrie lets her guard down when she is invited to the prom by a classmate, things turn dark and violent.
With an R-Rating, ‘Carrie’ can be viewed together by those with a computer or tablet, Google Chrome, the Google Chrome extension called Netflix Party, and a Netflix account. Detailed instructions on how to join the group will be provided in Blackboard, under the Student Government and Activities Organization tab. Student Government Association Treasurer, Milli Carter said, “Carrie is a great old movie, one of the classics that are just so much fun. I’ve been able to participate by using my school email to trial Netflix for free for 30 days, and it’s been a lot of fun.”
Following a classic such as ‘Carrie’, it would make sense for L&C Student Activities to host their own version of a Prom/End of the Semester Party. Saturday, May 9, 2020, from 8 pm – 10 pm, DJ for Z107.7 and 100.3 The Beat and DJ for the St. Louis Blues, DJ MiKeith will be holding down the beat for a Zoom party. The link to join the party will be on Blackboard and will be open for all students, staff, and faculty. Participants are encouraged to dress to impress, and can even throw it back to their prom days and wear their old prom duds. Sometimes having something to dress up for and participate in can be a great help in one’s mental health during this crazy time.
Although participants are encouraged to dress to impress, there is no requirement to do so. “Come in your quarantine sweats or dress to impress, we don’t really care. We just want everyone to attend and have fun.” Student Activities Coordinator, Jared Hennings said. Door prizes, technically Zoom attendance prizes, such as gift cards for local businesses will be awarded to those who show up, along with the winners of a dance contest and perhaps whatever else L&C Student Activities can come up with.