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Students attend statewide residence hall conference

March 4, 1997

By Christi Kushlan

Lariat Reporter

It's regrouping time for the University's residential life office, and last week two Baylor representatives attended the Texas Resident Hall Association (TRHA) at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

The TRHA is a student-run organization in which Texas schools gather to talk about residential life, elect new student leadership for the year and vote on the school of the year and adviser of the year, Elizabeth Wallace, assistant residential life director, said.

Members of TRHA meet every year to help Texas schools prepare for the National Resident Hall Association (NRHA) conference in May. The 1997 NRHA conference will be in Ball State University, Muncie, Ind., and Texas delegates are gearing their spirits up, Wallace said.

Baylor resident assistant DeWayne Davidson, an Americus, Kan., senior, and Buddy Howell, Penland Residence Hall assistant hall director, attended the TRHA conference with enthusiasm and anticipation, Howell said.

'We really got a lot of good ideas for programming and ways to increase school spirit,' Howell said.

Some programming ideas that Howell and Davidson brought back to Baylor include a 'Bottoms Up Cleanup' program and a tailgate party at a baseball game this spring.

The cleanup program involves a group that goes out at 1 a.m. to clean up areas around churches.

The tailgate party will be a social mixer and will include men from one dorm and women from another, Howell said.

'The mixer will give guys and girls a really unique way to meet and also support school athletics,' Howell said.

Howell said that the most significant thing they brought back with them is the sense of renewed commitment to residential life at Baylor.

'The biggest challenge we face is making ourselves known to student government, school administration and students in general,' Howell said.

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