December 13, 2007

Student groups win decorating, banner contests

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Special events at Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Student Center have several student groups finishing the fall semester on a winning note.

In conjunction with the center's AIDS Awareness 2007 activities on campus, University Housing joined in with a banner contest involving the various residence halls. Students created banners to emphasize to the student body and the community the impact of the deadly disease. Neely Hall won the traveling plaque for its banner.

The Student Center developed a new twist on its holiday decorating this year, too. Workers sent out an SOS to Registered Student Organizations asking for help decorating a couple of trees in the International Lounge. The response was immediate and overwhelmingly positive. Visitors can now enjoy a dozen creatively festooned trees at the Student Center.

Judges graded trees on originality, theme, and adherence to the goals and purpose of the RSO. The top honors went to Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences, best known by its acronym MANRRS. The prize plaque noting the accomplishment hangs in the Student Center Administrative Office.

Winning honorable mention accolades for their trees were Campus Girl Scouts and the Student Athletic Advisory Council.