“I LOVED BEN RECTOR’S PERFORMANCE. IT WAS REALLY
FUN TO SEE A SINGER/SONGWRITER PERFORM SONGS
HE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT!”
- DEVAN JOHNSON ‘ 17
18 Spring Events //
With finals quickly approaching and summer on the horizon, the St. Thomas campus bustled with activities.
DAB hosted actress and immigration activist Diane Guerrero. The Orangeisthe New Black and JanetheVirgin
actress told her personal immigration story about her parents being deported when she was just a teenager.
Students had the chance to get an autograph and take photos with Guerrero following the event.
On April 21 BESA hosted the 2017 Black Excellence Gala. This formal event celebrates African-American students, staff, and faculty and their accomplishments. In addition to the dinner, awards ceremony and senior
dedication, the gala featured civil rights icon Diane Nash as its keynote speaker.
ASIA, DAB and Residence Life colaborated in a brand new event this year: the Holi Festival of Colors. The traditional Hindu celebration occurs every spring to mark the end of winter and the vibrancy of new life. Paint thrown
throughout the festival leaves people covered in bright colors. The joyful celebration encourages forgiveness
and mending broken relationships.
Tommie Fest, the all day festival put on by STAR, featured games, activities, free shirts and food for all students
– all with perfect spring weather. The festival concluded with a dinner in Scooter’s, followed by a packed performance with Ben Rector in Woulfe. The “Brand New” singer performed many of his hit singles for the St. Thomas
community. This eventful day gave students one last chance to kick back and enjoy before the onset of finals
and the excitement of graduation weekend.