On Sunday, April 24, over 18 student teams and groups converged on campus to beautify and rejuvenate the Loras campus. Spreading mulch, staining picnic tables, picking up trash and leaves, trimming branches, cleaning windows, plating gardens and cleaning up the Rock Bowl were some of the many efforts student participated in to revamp campus.
Track and field, cross country, women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s volleyball, E-Board, OVE+R, Duhawkapella, DM, Athletic Training Club, the American Chemical Society, Social Work Council, DuSomething, L.I.S.A., the sports business club, Sigma Epsilon, Drumline, as well as independent groups of students all helped out.
“We got a beautiful day for Beautify Loras. We had a real big turnout and campus looks beautiful. It’s amazing what our students can do,” said Emily Ney, this year’s organizer of Beautify Loras. Student Senate, with the help of the Executive board, puts on the event yearly. There were two shifts, 9-11 a.m. and 12-2 p.m., which had a much larger group of volunteers.
“These guys did some awesome work. This is just a small representation of what we, Loras students, do out in the community,” said current Student Body President Nick Utter.
“For me, when you care about the place you work for, you want it to look good. Take care of the campus and, it’ll take care of you,” said Jeffrey Roberts, coordinator of employment services for the CEL office, as he was trimming bushes beside Wahlert Hall.
“We want more student involvement in the garden because we want people to know about this great resource on campus,” said Louisa Pavlik as she worked the garden by St. Joseph Hall of Science.
The garden is open at any time to students who want to work in it or pick food from it.
Beautify Loras is a perfect representation of student involvement on campus, and with the changing spring weather, it held the promises of summer, encouraging students to finish the semester strong.