September Social Life: Response to Reform

As this year’s social representative, Maggie Ross ’20 aims to diversify the Saturday night social life activities on campus, increase transparency regarding social life as a whole, and create more hangout spots for students around campus—her three main goals for the school year.

As this year’s social representative, Maggie Ross ’20 aims to diversify the Saturday night social life activities on campus, increase transparency regarding social life as a whole, and create more hangout spots for students around campus—her three main goals for the school year.

Ross explained that her goal of diversity is based on “taking advantage of things that we’ve done traditionally but also trying to bring in that new twist so that we can keep entertaining all people at the School.” She added, “We can do a better job as a school [in] supporting spaces for kids to meet up with [other students] from other Houses.” In this report, The Lawrence assesses student response to social life events and reform based on the Student Council platform for the month of September. On the first Saturday night of each year, III through V Form students are traditionally invited to the first dance, while II Formers attend the annual II Form Skate to further bond with their classmates. This year, the dance was held at a new location: the Bath House patio behind the Bunn Library. On this decision, Ross said, “For the traditional events like dances, inflatables nights, and skates, I am trying to add new layers to these events,” citing changes such as “new DJs, new locations that have more of a hangout space, and gear or food.” Students had varying opinions about the dance’s new location. Nicole Cheng ’22 said that “for the Red-Out Dance, it was really smart to have the dance outside since it always gets really hot during a dance.” On the other hand, Breanna Barrett ’21 said, “I liked that they had glasses and necklaces for us to get [into] the party mood; however, I didn’t like the new location because it was too open and too cold.”

The following Saturday, the School hosted an Open Skate and the Woodhull House hosted the End-of-Summer Bash in the Circle. In addition to the typical features of the annual Bash, such as inflatables, Woodhull introduced new activities such as a Spikeball tournament, volleyball, free Hot Karl’s, and additional lawn games such as Kan Jam. On the End-of-Summer Bash, Woodhull President Ooby Udomritthiruj ’21 said, “[The event] was successful; a lot of people came out… something that could’ve been better was the lighting of the event. The one floodlight was not enough and didn't reach all parts of the event, namely the inflatables.”

Lily Hooge ’23 said that while she did enjoy the Woodhull outdoor activities, as a II Former, she “felt a little out of place.” Campbell Fitzhugh ’22 enjoyed the fact that she was able to “play volleyball [with] a ton of people whom she had never really talked to.”

This past Saturday, Latinos Unidos hosted a MAPL Dance after an open mic session. Jamie Nicholson ’22 reflected that “[the MAPL Dance] was awkward because the new Lawrenceville kids didn’t really know each other yet, so it [was] a bunch of schools just dancing in their own circles. It wasn’t much fun if you weren’t there with a big group of friends.” The alternative, and seemingly more popular, social event was Movie Night in the Bowl. Luke Trowbridge ’22 said, “The movie night was really fun ... It was a great way to have fun with my friends,” adding that he “wanted more movie nights” in the future. Similarly, Lauren McKinnon ’21 said that the event “was a really good activity that was different from others we have done.”

On the importance and impact of social events at Lawrenceville, Ross said, “Just bringing people together is important... When people feel like they have someplace to go to on Saturday night, ... they have the ability to make an impact on people [and] ... de-stress from our crazy lives at Lawrenceville.” Considering her progress in reforming social life, Ross acknowledged, “Going into a position like this, you have an idea [and] ... you have a platform, but it ultimately ends up molding because you realize that not everything you propose is going to work out.” However, Ross added that she will “keep trying [her] best” to complete her overarching goals.

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