During exam week of fall semester 2015, the Andrews University Student Association (AUSA) hosted various events to meet the needs of students on campus. One of the first events included the Student Appreciation lunch created by L’mar Hall (junior, speech pathology) who serves as the Student Services Director for AUSA.
“My job basically involves making sure that the voices of Andrews students are heard,” Hall said. For this event, free meals such as grilled cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were given out to students during lunchtime.
“We wanted to show the students that AUSA cares about their students and the stress they go through during finals week. We also wanted to help with those who had low cafe accounts,” Hall said.
Hall, along with his fellow AUSA officers, also delivered donuts to all of the first exam takers on the Thursday morning of exam week.
In addition, the AUSA Senate held a free breakfast for students during finals week. This took place in each of the different dorms on campus. Kevin Leong (senior, architecture), who serves as the Senate Secretary, spoke about the event.
“We had funds for student activities and it’s been a tradition for a few years now to help students who may be running low in their cafe account,” Leong said.
Leong also mentioned the fact that the outcome of this year’s breakfast was much better than previous years.
Leong said, “We had enough food and overall the turnout was very successful.”
Shannan Gadiare (senior, speech pathology) spoke about her appreciation for the breakfast.
“The food is always good and it’s always nice to have free food. It really shows that they care,” Gadiare said.
Another event that took place towards the end of fall semester included the AU holiday EP released on December 21, 2015.
Ryan Jarvis, (business, pre-med) who currently serves as the audio manager for AUSA, spoke about the event.
“We wanted to give AU a festive spirit and give (students) a chance to put their own spin on holiday songs.” Jarvis, with the help of L’mar Hall, spent a great deal of time putting the EP together.
“We definitely pulled three all nighters to mix and add the instruments,” Hall said.
“For some songs, it took a day to completely record everything but mixing takes about eight hours” Jarvis said.
Shaly Torres (junior, psychology) performed “White Christmas” for the AUSA holiday EP and spoke about her experience in the AUSA studio.
Torres said, “We literally did it in one day and it went really quick. I really enjoyed it because it was a great chance for me to get away from school and work on a hobby that I enjoy. I would definitely do it again.”
Both Hall and Jarvis also spoke about their plan for future EPs in the spring semester.
“Our plan is to release at least two EPs during the school year. The EP that will be released in the spring will include both old recordings from past semesters and new songs,” Hall said.
“We are still in the planning process of taking original music made by Andrews students, putting it in a vault and then deciding when to release them,” Jarvis said.
To listen to the EP, you can stream it on YouTube (the playlist Songs for the Holidays Vol. 2 can be found at www.youtube.com/user/watchAUSA) and Soundcloud (search AUSA Studio) or downloaded on Bandcamp at www.hearausa.bandcamp.com. Be sure to look out for future AUSA sponsored events this spring semester.