This week we welcome a guest post from Lorcán O’Cathain, Hall Committee President at Butler’s Wharf Residence. He tells us about a new initiative some Hall Committees have been working on in recent weeks.
There are some things that are truly better together… Tea and biscuits. Pizza and beer. Hall Committees.
Recently the Committees of Butlers Wharf Residence, Sidney Webb House and Lillian Knowles House announced a joint boat party to celebrate the end of the Lent Term. Catering for 375 postgraduate students, and requiring weeks of coordination between the various committees, the event is unique in the LSE student calendar and a clear example of what we can do when we work together.
The committee at Butlers Wharf have been driven this year by a desire to foster a sense of community within the hall and provide a fun and sociable environment that gives students the opportunity to enjoy themselves in an inclusive and welcoming space. This environment creates an opportunity to develop contacts and lasting friendships which provide a coping mechanism for many in the high pressure environment that is life at the LSE.
As a committee, we felt it was important that this sense of community went beyond Butler’s Wharf Residence. A year is a short time to build relationships that may have implications for future careers but also, and more importantly, for friendships to form. Committees working together can help develop these ties in the limited amount of time available. Luckily some of the other fully postgraduate Halls shared this ethos.
Over the past few weeks the committees of Butler’s Wharf Residence, Sidney Webb House and Lilian Knowles House have met up on numerous occasions to organise what could quite possibly be the biggest (and undoubtedly the best!) inter-hall postgraduate event in the history of LSE. Despite being in the dying days of term, it provides further opportunity to bring postgraduates together to create and develop lasting connections. Hopefully it’s a precedent for greater integration that can be built upon in future years. If nothing else however, it promises to be an unforgettable way to end the term!
Tickets for the boat party went on sale last weekend and all tickets were sold in just over one hour, showing just how popular this collaboration is. We hope you all enjoy the party!