Residential Commons Leadership Corps

The Residential Commons Leadership Corps (RCLC) is made up of students who are shaping and promoting the Residential Commons experience at SMU. The RCLC works with Faculty in Residence, Resident Community Directors and resident assistants to develop unique traditions for each commons that will foster community and long-term bonds among residents.

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Homecoming with new RCLCs

An update from Meaghan, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student triple majoring in Environmental Science with an Earth Science emphasis, Geology, and Chemistry, while triple minoring in Math, English, and Environmental Engineering:

As a first year I’m sad to say I didn’t get involved in Homecoming that much. The only event I participated in was the painting of Peruna; I’m proud to say the SPECTRUM Peruna took third place last year, so I suppose if you’re going to do one thing at least do it to the best of your ability.

M and perunaThis year, however, I had so much to work for and to look forward to. My wonderful RC painted a beautiful Peruna (there’s a picture of me standing with it because it is gorgeous and how could I resist?), as did two of the organizations I’m secretary of: Environmental Society and SPECTRUM. Both of those organizations also painted a banner, so at the start of Homecoming week I’d painted three Perunas and two banners.

The real fun doesn’t start until the Friday before the Homecoming game, in my opinion. Pigskin, a time-honored tradition at SMU, was filled with so much talent this year the stage couldn’t contain it all. The band, along with all of the acts, did an amazing job, and I’m so glad I was able to go and be a part of this 80-year-long tradition.

The day of the Homecoming game, the RCLC had a tent on the Boulevard in which we shared our excitement with everyone who was out and about. We handed out some information, a few color-changing cups (which are exceedingly awesome), and spread some RC-love to the campus. I’m also proud to report that this event was the first major event for our new RCLC members, and they were all so very amazing. I found myself stepping back to let them step up, and they surly made me proud to be an RCLC veteran. Jeff Grim and I had a short conversation about them, and with a smile he called them “Baby Baby RLSH” and announced his pride also.

M and pals on blvdAfter putting the tent away, it was time for some fun with friends. I ventured over to the Theta Tau tent, where many of my engineer friends were sitting and conversing, some dressed in their costumes from the parade. The Theta Tau theme was “Where’s Waldo?” and they all shone brightly as they marched around in their costumes. I couldn’t resist taking a picture with all of my “enginerds,” as I affectionately call them.

The Homecoming Game was a nail-biter in the first half, but SMU did a great job coming back from behind. And, of course, we couldn’t help showing our pride at the game, and I have a picture from that.

After the game, we all landed at the Gamma Phi house, where we watched The Little Mermaid, Beetle Juice, Hocus Pocus, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, ate pizza, and spent some time together just relaxing and basking in the glow of SMU’s win against Temple.

The true fun in Homecoming is spending time with friends, and I’m glad I was able to do that not only with my enginerds, but also with my fellow RCLC members as we spread the RC-love.

M at game

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