SGA Rundown: Christmas activities and student wellness

Senators discuss involvement opportunities and student support.

Hannah Larson, Staff Writer

The Student Government Association discussed student wellness and resilience throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, senators planned Christmas activities to engage students during the holiday season.

RESOURCES FOR STUDENT WELLNESS

Dean of Student Wellness Lisa Igram gave a presentation on the pandemic’s impact on students’ relational well- being. Igram explained the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 lockdown on Biola students, including heightened loneliness and social anxiety. She emphasized the importance of community in students’ lives. 

Igram encouraged students to come to the Biola Counseling Center for therapy workshops and behavioral health intervention if they experience isolation and anxiety. Senators considered making an Instagram page to support commuter students in quarantine and check in on their emotional and mental health.

COMMUTER LIFE 

Senators considered renovating the patio area outside the Collegium with benches or cushioned chairs to create a more inviting space for commuters as they do homework or study. They suggested adding outlets, additional tables, planters and decor to make a welcoming study environment. Senators floated the idea of adding heaters for students who study in this area late at night. 

BIOLA CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES

Senators discussed showing the movie “Elf” and running several booths for a Christmas activity night, tentatively scheduled for Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. They considered holding a raffle event, including prizes such as AirPods. Senators suggested providing students who donate to a SGA canned food drive with an extra raffle ticket. 

Booth ideas included hot chocolate, popcorn and cotton candy machines and a snack table. Senators also suggested a booth for writing letters to commuters and international students, a photo booth with fake snow, and a Squid Game-themed attraction.

DIVERSITY AT BIOLA

SGA diversity coordinator Clarissa Aubin gave a presentation about supporting Indigenous students. She explained that there are over 400 Native American nations, each with its own government and flag—but noted that Chase Gymnasium does not display Native American flags alongside countries’ banners. 

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