By MAX REINHARDT
In the past this treasured Mary Washington tradition has been marked by a week of school spirit activities ranging from silent raves in the Underground to concerts, to bonfires on Jefferson Square.
However, this year, no events took place, and my fellow students were deprived of an opportunity to publicly spread their wings, perform the Eagle Swoop, and show their spirit as students of this esteemed public liberal arts institution.
This injustice not only denied seniors their last Beak Week, and freshman of their first, it left our esteemed alumni heartbroken. On Facebook, graduate Andrew Hogan, 2012’s Mr. UMW and a champion of LipSync expressed his bereavement.
“I am confused and hurt, lost and heartbroken, absolutely inconsolable. BEAK WEEK was the ONE week of the year that meant something to every single student at UMW, the one week it was okay to fly with everything hanging out, letting the wind stroke your spirit as it paralyzed passers-by. I feel like I’ve lost a best friend, but I also know that NO ONE can take BEAK WEEK away from me.”
Indeed, no one can stop the Spirit; it never ends. Hogan’s status gained 55 likes in less than 12 hours, including former Judicial Review Board president Elizabeth Brennan.
By failing to plan any events, the Student Government Association departed from the 2013-14 Student Handbook, which states on page six that Beak Week will be held the week after Spring Break. This cancellation was made without the consent of the student body.
I believe I interpret the will of the student body and of our alumni when I assert that something needs to be done to repair the bond between the SGA, its constituents and our dear alumni. I call upon the Executive Cabinet to reinstate Beak Week and put it on as soon as possible. Furthermore, the Student Senate should pass a declaration that Beak Week will never be cancelled again and that it should be enshrined into the student calendar from now until the end of time.
It is my expressed hope that 2014 will mark the year of total spiritual mobilization, where all Eagles came together to save Beak Week and to indefatigably fight for its preservation.
Founder and President of the Emergency Committee for the Salvation of Beak Week