Spring events? They’re happening.
While COVID-19 cases continue to affect the scheduling and safety of events on Taylor’s campus, student-run cabinets are working hard to ensure a safe and fun semester for Taylor’s student-body.
Taylor World Outreach (TWO), Integration of Faith and Culture (IFC) and the Inter-Class Council (ICC) are each planning to host several events in the coming spring semester—–some of which are considered “Taylor traditions,” and some of which have never been done before.
According to co-director junior Grace Meharg, TWO is currently organizing three big events for the coming semester.
TWO’s first event, “Women in Missions,” is taking place on Feb. 21—–26. Over the course of this week, TWO will be using their social media platforms to highlight various ways to support women in ministry. TWO will be featuring fair-trade shops and organizations which have been founded by, or which focus on serving, Christian women. Chapel on Feb. 26 will host special guest speaker Alyssa Dunker.
On March 25, TWO plans to host their second event: a “Poverty/Refugee Simulator.” Cabinet members hope this “immersive experience” will help Taylor students better understand the reality of refugees battling issues such as poverty.
“(The Refugee Simulator) will be a time to reflect on the refugee experience, our own privileges and how to respond out of a posture of humility and listening,” Meharg said.
The following month, on April 26, TWO hopes to encourage sustainability by hosting a campus-wide “Clothing Swap.”
Individuals participating in the “Swap” will be given the chance to contribute clothing and will then be able to browse through the items donated by others. According to Meharg, the COVID adaptations accompanying this event will be announced closer to date.
IFC is also organizing two main events for the upcoming spring semester: “The Back Room on West Reade” and Taylor’s second annual fashion show—–“Fabrica.”
“’The Back Room on West Reade’ will be a jazz-club type event with live music, Antiqology sodas and good photo ops,” IFC President Maddy Miller said. “Be on the lookout for your invitation!”
Following “The Back Room on West Reade,” which is tentatively scheduled for a weekend in March, IFC will be hosting “Fabrica” on May 1. “Fabrica” will feature students from all over Taylor’s campus and aims to celebrate all areas and expressions of fashion.
Finally, on Saturday April 10, ICC will be hosting a much-beloved lip-syncing and dancing competition that many consider a favorite “Taylor tradition.”
Airband 2021 will be based on the theme “Saturday Night Live,” and will be spear-headed by ICC President Jacob Ferguson.
“We are working out the details for safe practices and auditions, and are working with the PeRT team to make sure this is the safest and most fun Airband ever,” Ferguson said.
Spring events in 2021 may look different than they have in past years, but they are happening.
Upcoming events will be posted in Taylor’s weekly Student Announcements, as well as on various social media sites throughout the semester. Keep an eye out for any updates that may be shared in the coming weeks, and get excited for upcoming events in Spring 2021!