By Adam Schalke
While many students at Roosevelt are slowly sludging back into full swing as a new semester unfolds, there are a group whom have wasted no such time in being lethargic. Indeed, many students were ready to go the instant Jan. 20 came around, but one group in particular greeted this semester with an eager attitude and hit the ground running. That group is none other than SPEED.
SPEED is Roosevelt’s activities board and special events coordination group. Many of the events students have seen around campus early in this semester and last were sponsored and organized by SPEED.
While SPEED is a critically important and indispensable part of the Roosevelt community, the group and their advisory board have outdone even themselves this month with a plethora of diverse events taking place in February. They include things such as hosting build-a-bear stations in Faiman Lounge to holding various movie nights throughout this semester and many other things in between.
SPEED has taken on an ambitious agenda in hopes they can generate great enthusiasm from Roosevelt’s student body.
SPEED board member Manisha Virupannavar shed some light on SPEED’s planning process, what it has in store for this semester and how it plans to go forward from here.
“We all come up with the event ideas as a team and then there are four assigned event managers who execute the ideas by contacting outside vendors and whatnot,” she said. “The day of the event, it’s all hands on deck and we all try to help each other as much as possible. Each member of the team has a specific title, but we all work together.”
When asked about SPEED’s upcoming events, Virupannavar was very excited to go into detail about them.
“For the rest of the semester, we have quite a lot of events planned. We have a Super Bowl party planned, movie nights, mug decorating, an end of year party and more. One of our most anticipated events is Social Justice week in April,” she said. “We have a lot of fun and exciting things planned for the students, like TED talks and Black Lives Matter speakers coming in.”
Information for SPEED’s upcoming events can be found on the group’s social media accounts and on flyers posted throughout the university.