Opportunities to exercise leadership skills and abilities are also available at St. Andrews. Many positions exist in the Student Government Association ranging from the SGA executive board to the student conduct system to residence hall councils. Also, each club and organization has its own set of officers. One of the officers or members of each club is a part of the Leadership Council, which meets monthly to discuss issues facing student organizations, keep open the lines of communication, plan campus-wide programs, and receive on-going leadership training for themselves and their organizations.
Many opportunities for involvement in social activities are provided for St. Andrews students. Catering to a diverse student body, St. Andrews offers something for everyone. An array of social events sponsored by residence halls, the Student Activities Union, and other clubs and organizations fill the calendar. Movies, parties, dances, athletic events, performing artists, comedians, novelty/variety shows, and intramural competitions are all highly anticipated events. GANZA is a week long event held annually every spring with many traditional, fun events scheduled including two nights of live music.
Student groups may elect to host an event on campus in one of several venues:
- Carol Grotnes Belk Main Room is often used for formal events, including our winter formal, casino night, and science and religion round tables. The double doors can be opened out onto the verandah overlooking the lake. This space works well for large student groups, is in the center of the campus, and dining services facilities available for catering are nearby.
- Knight Life is used for comedians, games and contests with prizes, club meetings and a place for students to congregate, study, and socialize. It is located in the Belk Center adjacent to the Chapel. Knight Life is equipped with Wi-Fi.
- Farrago is used most often for larger events, in particular our many dances with both student and professional DJs. It has a patio area and a stage with the capability to handle electrical needs of campus, located near the woods just south of the Concord parking lot.
The wall is a primary venue for free expression. The purpose of “The Wall” is to offer members of the community a venue for expression. Community members are allowed to paint on the white surfaces of the wall on the east side of the lake only. Painting elsewhere on campus will be considered vandalism and misuse of College property and will be dealt with appropriately. Any expression is acceptable as long as it is not a personal/slanderous attack or profane for profanity’s sake. The front part of the wall, facing the Belk Center building is reserved at all times for the Student Activities Union to advertise community events.
The History of the Wall
“In the spring of 1968, with social ferment gathering on the campus and throughout the country, a happening occurred at St. Andrews. Two students, armed with paint and brushes, stole out into the night. They were on a stealth mission, keeping invisible so as not to be seen by the campus policeman, “Jet” Jackson… The students painted a wall which was clearly visible as one walked across the causeway over the lake from the academic side of campus.
Whatever message that was painted there would be clear to all. By painting successfully and anonymously that spring night, the students transformed a wall into The Wall. It became an immediate hit and subsequent student graffiti focused on the way, civil rights, student rights, birthdays, and the potpourri of life at St. Andrews, a tradition that continues even today.”
Excerpt from “Rock the Boat” written by Joe Ingle Class of ’68.