Sidney Stewart knows how to get the word out.
Even though Stewart is pursuing a double major of political science and legal studies at Mississippi University for Women, she easily could pass for a marketing or a communications student.
“I would definitely say I am a people person,” said Stewart, a junior from Winfield, Alabama. “I have had people on campus tell me they can hear me before they see me.”
Stewart will put those people skills to use again this year during The W’s Blues Week, which will serve as the official welcome and start of the 2019-20 school year. Stewart will work again as a resident adviser and will help organize the Rave, a dance party with a DJ, at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Stark Recreation Center back yard.
Two years ago, the Rave was held indoors. Last year, it was held in the fenced-in area outside of the Rec Center. While Stewart acknowledges it was hot, she enjoyed the atmosphere with 100-150 students. She hopes to help publicize the event as much as she can in the next few weeks so even more students experience one of the most fun parts of Blues Week.
“It definitely was a proud moment when you sit back and see what you helped create and contributed to and how we were able to bring smiles to peoples’ faces,” Stewart said of the 2018 Rave. “It also is a sweet moment because I look back and remember who my Blues Week leaders were when I was a freshman and you get happy because you’re making that same impact.”
Stewart called Blues Week “prime time” because it is about meeting people and making new friends. She said her personality allows her to meet new people all of the time, but she said she gets to do that during Blues Week more than any other time of the year because there are so many things going on.
Blues Week isn’t the only time Stewart meets new people. As president of the Troubadour Social Club, she said she also enjoys meeting new students and telling them about the social clubs at The W and the myriad opportunities to get involved. Stewart also holds a position on the Residence Hall Association executive board, so she will be busy in the next month making sure all of the details are covered for Blues Week. Until then, Stewart will be busy spreading the word about the Rave and everything on the Blues Week schedule.
“These next two years being a part of Blues Week I hope to continue to get better reaching out to people and getting them involved because they might be hesitant to get involved,” Stewart said. “At the Rave, you’re not supposed to know everybody, or even anybody, but at the end of the night the important part is you leave knowing more people than you knew when you showed up.”
There will be training for Blues Week from 1-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, in the Cochran Limbert Assembly Room. Blues Week will kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, with Move-In Day. Activities and events will run through Friday, Aug. 23. A schedule for Blues Week will be available at www.muw.edu. Classes start Thursday, Aug. 22.
This year, the Taste of the Town Food Fair joins other activities like the Shaving Cream Fight (4:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 18, at the Gazebo) and Meet the Owls (6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Pohl Gymnasium) to provide a mix of traditional and new ideas as part of Blues Week.
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August 12, 2019
Contact: Adam Minichino