By: Summer Wu, Co-Editor-in-Chief
After Opinions Staff Writer Diana Chen sparked quite a discussion with her article Why did YOU come to IMSA?, rumors have been flying in, out, and about the IMSA community. As a result, I sat down with Director of Student Life Dr. Bob Hernandez, Student Council President Kevin Zhang, and Associate Director of Student Life Keith Macintosh, to clear up any rumors regarding Clash of the Halls and cultural shows.
Turns out, Clash of the Halls is entirely run by Student Council. From the early stages of planning to its final execution, this week of friendly competition is merely a puppet in the hands of our student government. Thus, unless Student Council fails to plan Clash, it will always exist.
Similarly, cultural shows are also entirely student-run. Thus, it is up to the club board members as to whether they want to host a show. As with Clash of the Halls, administration has no reason (and no plans) to prevent students from organizing events.
Students, staff, alumni, and parents, have no fear that your favorite events will disappear! In a school as diverse and dedicated to exploration as IMSA, tearing down these pillars of student life would be unthinkable. As Dr. Hernandez summarizes, “So long as students want it [cultural shows], they’ll be there. After all, they’re the essence of what we’re all about.”