Countdown update: Only 43 days until Welcome Day!
Congrats on being assigned a room in MacKinnon Hall! Located on University Avenue between Morrison Hall and the University Chapel, “MK Hall” is a building full of house spirit where residents will build strong bonds that will last throughout their time at StFX and long after graduation. Identical to the Cameron Hall residence building on the other side side of University Ave, MacKinnon Hall is home to the StFX business office and two residences, an all-female residence, Chillis, and an all-male residence, MacNeil. The residence buildings are traditional double rooms, and the friendly hallways of the building makes this residence a cozy and welcoming home for first year and second year students alike. If you’re living in MacKinnon Hall next year, make sure to join the residence Facebook group! MacKinnon Hall 2017-2018
Incoming Chicks, welcome to your new home, Chillis! Your house, Chillis, consists of 90 first and second year girls, who we can promise you will become your second family. Chillis is divided into two sides: Chisholm on the left and Gillis on the right. Chillis shares MacKinnon Hall with the all-male MacNeil House, and the two houses have unwavering support for each other throughout the year. The house mascot is the beloved Tweety Bird, and the signature colors are yellow and royal blue. The Chicks are known for their friendliness and great personalities. One of the most spirited residences on campus, the Chicks cheer loud from Welcome Day to the end of the year.
A couple key events to look forward to while living in Chillis are MK Hall date night where every Chick gets paired with a Marauder and goes on a date to meal hall. Also, get excited to meet some of your best friends from other residences, with our fast friend’s event where you get to meet and get to know people in one minute. One of the main events of the year is the only girls House Hockey Cup on campus, Chillis/TNT (Cameron hall). At the end of each year, residents get together for the Chillis Banquet, where house members acknowledge every chick and their time spent together. Even after leaving MacKinnon Hall, Chillis residents remain close and look forward to receiving X-Ring during their senior year. On X-Ring day, former residents return to Chillis and add their signatures on the beautiful Chillis mural to join those of the many chicks that came before them.
Get ready girls because once a chick, always a chick!
MacNeil house is one of the two boys houses on campus that is still traditional, non co-ed residence. Established in 1950 and one of the oldest residences on campus, MacNeil has a long history of strong, vibrant culture that is fondly called “The Brotherhood”. One of the most unique things about MacNeil is that upper year students who have lived in the house in previous years generally stay connected to it. This is special because it eliminates the boundary between first year students who are new to the school and graduating students who are getting ready to leave X.
There is a powerful sense of community in this house that is a product of the relatively small size, a general team mentality, and a plethora of events and activities that are organized within the house. Whether it be through shared interests, bonding with their neighbours in Chillis, or spending time together at meal hall, the Marauders are known for being a close knit group. Students living in MacNeil can look forward to the TriMac House Hockey Cup between MacNeil, MacDonald, and MacPherson. There are also dodgeball games, community fundraising events like “Trick-or-Eat”, opportunities to connect with other residences through “Fast Friends”, and countless other activities designed to help students bond and thrive in their time at StFX.
Key Figures in Residence
Hall Director: The Hall Director position is filled by an upper year student who works with Residence Life to provide leadership to students in residence. The HDs work with Residence Life Coordinators to oversee the Residence Life teams in each residence building. Through programming, supporting peers, and promoting the Community Code, Hall Directors play an important role in creating a positive living experience within the residence community.
This year’s HD for MacKinnon Hall is Kallie Ross!
Community Advisors: CAs, formerly known as Resident Assistants, live and work in all residences at StFX. With training provided by Residence Life, CAs are able to ensure that there is a safe and positive environment for all residents in the building. With daily interactions and availability, CAs provide residents with resources, information and assistance to ensure personal well-being in residence.
House President: The House President of each residence is a second year returning student. Working under the VP Residence Affairs in the Students’ Union, the House President provides leadership to residents by planning events, organizing initiatives such as fundraising, promoting house spirit, and holding house meetings for all residents.
This year’s HP for Chillis is Emma Kyte!
This year’s HP for MacNeil is Lucas Byl!
Vice President: The House Vice President assists the House President as house leaders, providing a positive experience in residence through house events, house spirit, and other ways of connecting with residents. The House President and Vice President work frequently on campus initiatives with other residence leaders and Students’ Union figures.
This year’s VP for Chillis is Chelsea Piper!
This year’s HP for MacNeil is Colin Glencross!
House Council: Students living in each residence have the opportunity to become a member on their residence’s house council. As a house council rep, residents will get to become more involved in their house’s affairs and make decisions in their area of focus. House council positions include activities rep, finance rep, health and wellness rep, communications rep, charity rep, equity and sustainability rep, and house spirit rep.