Santa Clara University

Residential Learning Communities

What's Going On

Something is always happening in the RLCs!

Many events, like weekly socials and pizza parties, are organized by student leaders. There are also many “big” events that have become traditions. 

Here’s a sampling of what you can look forward to:

  • Pizza and Politics, coordinated by Modern Perspectives, in which students grab pizza and listen to presentations of select events like the State of the Union address and political debates, followed by reflections and discussions with a faculty panel.
  • Immersion trips to Mexico every fall, organized by CyPhi and Xavier, during which students build houses for the poor.
  • Urban Plunge, a different kind of immersion experience organized by Communitas, in which students volunteer to tutor under-privileged children in East San Jose.
  • A special student mass organized by Xavier every quarter and a weekly Tuesday Night Liturgy held by students in Loyola, bring students from all parts of campus together for a spiritual experience.
  • Dormal Formal is a free campus-wide formal dance coordinated by a number of RLCs. Last year more than 350 people danced spent a Friday evening at Dormal Formal dancing the night away.
  • Lounge Acts, put up every quarter by CyPhi, in which students perform, sing, and dance. There’s also an annual art show and competition in which students exhibit their paintings, photographs, and sculpture.
  • The Up 'N Atom Café, in da Vinci, where every weekend before finals week, students stock the community kitchen and then provide snacks, and even cooked meals, for the community. This tradition has been going on since the late 1990s.
  • Mr. RLC competition, organized by the Residential Learning Community Association every spring, is a huge hit on campus. Each RLC chooses their own representative (“Mr. Xavier,” “Mr. Unity,” etc.) who competes in categories such as talent, formal attire, and choreographed group dance. Five or six hundred students crowd into Market Square every year to cheer on their favorites in the finals.
  • Prima Notte (“First Night”), held on the first Monday night of each quarter in da Vinci.  The juniors and seniors invite their freshman and sophomore neighbors to their suites for a home-cooked pasta dinner. Afterwards, everyone congregates in the Casa Italiana Commons for dessert. 
  • Saturnalia Festival hosted every winter by Alpha, in which students compete in chariot races and jousting. The festival ends with a grand feast just the kind the Romans indulged in thousands of years ago.

RLC Contact Information

Residential Learning Communities
Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Benson Memorial Center, Room 213

Phone: 408-554-4366
FAX: 408-554-4935

Director: Prof. Phil Kesten
Phone: 408-554-4311
Fax: 408-554-6965

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