SAA organizes several special events throughout the year.
In partnership with the Cambridge YWCA we host a holiday party for single mothers and their children each December. We provide gifts for both the mothers and children and serve dinner for the families. We play games and organize fun activities for the children giving the mothers a well-deserved night off.
Husky Hugs is a teddy bear drive to bring warm hugs to local children in hospitals, shelters, and underserved areas. We collect teddy bears from students, staff, and alumni during the holiday season. The Husky Hugs donation drive lasts throughout November and early of December, and culminating in the “Teddy Bear Toss.” During the first men’s hockey home game of the season, attendees throw teddy bears onto the ice rink to be collected for donation. If you are interested in participating visit our table in Curry Crossroads in November, or contact our Vice President of Community Relations.
We are actively involved in all activities during this week of Husky pride. A member of our leadership team has the opportunity to sit on the Homecoming Committee and they play an integral role in developing and executing the various events that take place during this spirit-filled week. Throughout the week, we participate in spirit events for student organizations and host the Mayor of Huntington Avenue (MoHA) program. We also co-sponsor the Homecoming Headliner with the Council of University Programs (CUP). In collaboration with CUP, we work hard to ensure an exciting artist comes to campus every year. In the past, artists like Amy Schumer, Kevin Spacey, and Donald Glover have provided a memorable night for students, staff, and alumni.
Mayor of Huntington Avenue (MoHA)
The Mayor of Huntington Avenue program is a time-honored tradition that began in the 1960s. Which was revived during Homecoming Week in 2005. Even though the event has changed dramatically over the years, the mission of the MoHA competition has remained the same: find a student who best exemplifies Husky pride.
During Homecoming Week various events provide Northeastern students with the opportunity to get to know and interact with the MoHA candidates, who represent several different organizations, groups, and colleges on campus. Most notably is the MoHA debate, at which candidates have the opportunity to answer questions about their personalities, their love of Northeastern, and their future plans if elected. The week culminates with the announcement of the winner during the Homecoming hockey game.
Once elected the Mayor of Huntington Avenue partners with the SAA and OAR as an ambassador to different organizations on campus and works to increase Husky spirit at athletic and student events. MoHA is responsible for bringing diverse student groups together to share in what makes the Northeastern community so great. Because after all, tradition and spirit never graduate.