WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2020

After a successful February, ASB is looking forward to a planned Spring Week in March as well as a carnival.

While ASB has already hosted an impressive slate of events, ASB President Pooja Akella said ASB has more events coming up.

“We have tons of exciting things coming up in March and April,” she said.

Akella said after Winter Break, ASB splits into seven different committees to plan out events for second semester.

One of the committees is planning a schoolwide carnival on March 20. According to junior site council representative Bowman Wingard, the carnival will take place after school and feature games, rides and food.

Sophomore Site Council Representative Phoebe Kim said the carnival is replacing a spring dance, which was scrapped because of low attendance and is being planned for March because ASB hopes the warmer weather will lead to a larger turnout.

Akella said that the carnival will feature both big and small events.

“Hopefully it will feature major attractions like those typically (on) field day as well as smaller booths by ASB and interested clubs,” Akella said.

Alta said ASB plans to rent inflatable attractions, but Akella said ASB is still working on finalizing games and rides.

“It honestly depends on what the vendor can provide,” she said. “But possibly human foosball, rock climbing, aero bungees and maybe a petting zoo.”

Sports commissioner Stephen Lee said ASB is also planning some sort of spring spirit week.

Akella said that the proposed “Spring Week” will last from April 13-17 and is supposed to serve as a stress relief for students.

“It will include some intramural tournaments and a fun ice cream social,” Akella said. “(This will) help students relax before the end-of-year rush hits.”

Amid excitement as students anxiously awaited a six day weekend, ASB continued planning future events and enjoying the successes of Club Day and Love Week, ASB clubs commissioner Medha Alta said.

“We had a lot of new clubs that were chartered this semester,” Alta said. “And many clubs that were previously chartered also showed up at Club Day.”

Alta said about 35 clubs set up presentations at Club Day to attract new members. Paly’s clubs now number  115.

While Alta said she was pleased with the Club Day proceedings, she said some issues potentially prevented students from learning about all the new clubs.

“I hope the format of how the tables are arranged will change next year,” Alta said. “It can get very congested and thus prevent people from being able to visit all the club tables.”

Kim said ASB brought back Love Week for the second consecutive year, and Kim said that the week was a success.

Kim said ASB decided to continue with last year’s popular Matchomatics program and she was pleased by the high participation in the event.

“We decided to continue with (Matchomatics) this year since it was so successful last year,” Kim said.

Kim said that over 500 students participated in the program.

Other Love Week festivities included Valgrams and campus-wide decorations.

“We put up some love week-themed decor around school like pink sticky notes with little words of encouragement and red and white balloons strung around trees or poles,” Kim said.

Akella said while she pleasantly surprised by the student participation in Matchomatics, there was room for more participation.

“Over 500 students participated which was amazing to see,” Akella said. “But we definitely want to increase underclassmen participation in future years.”

Kim said 73 freshmen, 105 sophomores, 199 juniors and 126 seniors participated in Matchomatics.

Despite the success of the program, Kim said Love Week has room for improvement.

Kim said, “We could partner up with the committee planning out Quadcerts so that there could be more action around the Quad.”

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