QuadWorks, Mercer’s student programming board, celebrated its 20th year on campus last week. The group is responsible for the organization and execution of various campus events during the academic year, including homecoming.
To commemorate the anniversary, QuadWorks hosted a “birthday bash,” complete with many common features of a birthday party.
“We hosted a birthday party last week with inflatables, birthday cake, balloons, all of that, like you would have at a typical childhood birthday party,” Peeler said. “That's kind of the idea we were getting for, to kind of keep it light and fun, and we hosted it in the middle of Cruz Plaza to try to make it feel like we are celebrating with Mercer and Mercer is celebrating with us.”
Peeler, who heads four separate committees as part of her role as president, also discussed the history of QuadWorks and how its values have remained strong throughout its long history.
She highlighted how QuadWorks was not the first organization of its kind on campus, but the one that has been able to flourish. This was thanks to the help of the iconic Dr. Joseph M. Hendricks, otherwise known as "Papa Joe."
The name “QuadWorks” originated from Papa Joe himself. Peeler said that the organization tried to “look towards the quad, as in Mercer's quad, and basically symbolizing, looking back at history and respecting the traditions and legacy and trying to bring the Mercer community together.”
As for the future, QuadWorks will continue to organize a variety of events throughout this academic year.
“We're still working on the rest of the semester,” Peeler said. “We plan out all of our events for every semester before that semester starts, so we've still got a lot going this semester.”
Some of QuadWorks’s upcoming events include Escape the Night on Sept. 24 and Indigenous People’s Day on Oct 11.