Student government holds inaugural Party on the Green
From free food and T-shirts to performances by local artists, such as “American Idol” contestant Mackenzie Bourg, Party on the Green provided entertainment for those passing by the union courtyard last Wednesday, Jan. 20.
Music began at noon when Abby Wimberley and Alex Smith struck the first chord of “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers. Centered in front of the old union arches, the duo sang and played guitar in front of the audience, which convened on the grassy and vaguely muddy yard in the bowl of the U-shaped building.
“It’s like festival international during the day time, but on UL’s campus,” said freshman business management major Claire Bollich, who was seated behind the setup.
Following Wimberly and Smith was Ben Boone, who kept the mellow tempo of the day’s activities. Closing out the event was MacKenzie Bourg, who performed on “Idol” later that evening.
“He’s a good singer, but he’s not trying too hard. He’s just kind of doing his thing,” said Bollich.
The festival-type setting, in addition to the four artists’ acoustic-heavy lineup created an atmosphere that Latiolais described as laid-back.
“It was pretty chill besides the t-shirt table which was, like … kind of a mob scene,” she said.
Party on the Green was one of the larger events that was part of Student Government Association week, which is held annually. During this week, senators do everything from answer questions while handing out pizza and drinks to tossing T-shirts to a ravenous line of students.
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“We introduce new things every year, and (SGA Week) kind of stuck with us,” said junior dietetics major and College of Nursing President Lauren Meyer. “The weather’s always a big deal. We got tents because I think it’s supposed to rain today, but it’s nice to see the students come out. I think this is a pretty good place, and I love to see everybody hanging out. Everyone’s had smiles on their faces, so I think we did a good thing today.”
The party stood out to some because it was one of few SGA weeks that had performances by local artists.
“They should do everything here,” said Larissa Altimirano, a senior accounting major. “It’s the first time they actually have live music, and they didn’t have, like … Cajun music. I feel more interested in this.”
Altimirano and her friend, Irene Reyes, a senior in business management, said they enjoy frequenting events like SGA week.
“This is my last semester here, so I’m just trying to take it all in,” said Reyes.
For others, however, it was their first time hearing about SGA Week. As people walked around or in front of the performers, they stopped to ask what was happening, grabbed a slice of pepperoni pizza or both.
“I love it. I didn’t know when I was going to lunch and it’s just what makes me love UL, you know? Just little concerts here and there. It’s awesome,” said librarian Christa Judice, who just began working in the collections department.
“I’d like to see more games, more student involvement and more things throughout the week. It’s all weather-permitting, you know, Louisiana.”