NU students working toward a better campus community
Niagara’s Residence Hall Association, formed last semester, is dedicated to giving students control over their campus.
“Our goal is to represent student needs across campus and advocate for changes that we feel will better the atmosphere of living at NU,” says Andrew Gala.
A senior hotel and restaurant management major, Gala is the group’s president. The RHA is meant to serve as a go-to student source “for all issues regarding life on campus, such as dining services, visitation policies, pet policies, and all things surrounding the living environment here at Niagara. We also put on great events to build community and give students something to do here!” Gala said.
Senior Anna Hoffmann, a communications major, handles RHA’s public relations and communications. The group is divided between residence halls but its goal is to “get the east and west sides of campus to come together” Hoffmann said.
The RHA has “collected petitions to make an amendment to the university's pet policy rules. We want to allow 10-gallon fish tanks” Hoffmann said. They have more than 800 signatures on the petition, Gala said.
The RHA has also hosted a “Harry Potter” marathon, apple cider and hot chocolate giveaways in Gally, and the “Arabian Nights” festival in Kiernan last semester.
RHA events this semester begin on Thursday, Feb. 2, with a “Free Midnight Pancake and Ice Cream Bar” from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the multipurpose room in Gally.
Currently, the group is run entirely by CAs, but “Eventually we want all of the positions to be replaced by residents so they can run it themselves” Hoffmann said.
There are eight officers who run the RHA, which has more than 70 members. The annual election process begins in February, with informational meetings in O’Shea on Monday, Feb. 6; in Seton on Tuesday, Feb. 7; and in Clet on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The meetings will begin at 8:30 p.m.
“It's a great opportunity for a leadership role on campus” Gala said.