These five faces are faces you both hear and see a lot in Loyola: the Loyola Hall RHA Board.
The acronym RHA stands for Residence Halls Association, a student government that presides over residential life at colleges across the country. The Loyola Hall RHA board consists of Jon Perroni (President), Kate Marinkovich (Vice-President), Erin Shanahan (Programmer), Kelly Sullivan (Secretary) and Dean Ward (Treasurer). The purpose of an RHA board is to organize and host programs for their residence hall. The board’s goal in Loyola Hall is to foster the Manresa program’s principles. Programs are frequent and fun, inclusive and diverse, and keep the Manresa community involved in the Fordham community.
Programs range from talents shows to breakfast. Last week, RHA hosted a “Throwback Thursday” event, where residents played childhood board games and ate snacks like fruit-by-the-foot and goldfish. Last night, they hosted an event called “Loyola Hall Coffeehouse,” where residents gathered to perform music or poetry for their fellow peers. This event was made open to other freshmen residence halls as well, which maintains the board’s goal of keeping the Manresa values integrated into the rest of Fordham. Other events are held in part of larger, campus-wide events. In the weeks leading up to the Fordham Dance Marathon, the board hosted a series of fundraising programs to prepare Loyola for the event. The most successful and well-attended program hosted by the board is the “Loyola Hall Talent Show.” This program is hosted once per season, and include a set list of 20 or so residents performing talents ranging from improv to original music compositions.
The nature of the Manresa program makes RHA’s job easy, and according to RHA, they owe all of their success to it. “The accessible and family-like nature of the Manresa community has made programming so simple,” said Erin Shanahan. “The success of our events this year cannot only be attributed to our board’s efforts; rather, the willing and supportive Loyola residents who consistently wanted to participate in our events. They deserve the credit for Loyola’s RHA success.”
Kate Marinkovich, GSB 2018
Manresa Scholar and Loyola Hall RHA Vice-President