After a year and a half hiatus, it seems like Montclair State University is returning to its usually busy campus life.
Many students were eager to be back out socializing on campus after being stuck at home away from friends for what felt like forever.
On the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 31, the university organized their annual Hawaiian Bash Party outside Blanton Hall, complete with a live DJ and a bubble machine. Students were told they must keep their masks on during the event.
The following day, Sept. 1, the university hosted Red Hawk Day, a series of on-campus events for new freshmen to not only make friends but to familiarize themselves with what the campus has to offer.
The day started with freshmen gathering in the Memorial Auditorium. Music was playing and students came to dance on stage. Nearly every student was wearing red and riled up with Red Hawk spirit.
Soon after, the new Montclair State president Jonathan Koppell came on stage and was met with a round of applause from the visibly red crowd.
Following the address, students headed to the Student Center, where they were met with a complimentary barbecue, filled with hot dogs, hamburgers and corn on the cob. Many students enjoyed their meal while making new friends.
Next was the Playfair, dubbed ” The Ultimate Icebreaker,” which was held at the Panzer Athletic Center and emphasized making new friends. It was open to both new and returning students. Students were put into large circles where the host would ask them to move towards the center circle if they liked a topic the host brought up.
Around an hour later, the “Think Fast Gameshow” was held in Memorial Auditorium. Students got together in groups of five to compete in a quiz-style show for a chance at winning prizes. The host also had one student from select groups dance on stage, where the crowd decided who has the best moves.
Towards the end of the day, Rec Fest was held at the Student Recreation Center. Many games were set up, including Jenga, a test-your-strength game, basketball and hamster balls in the pool, among many others.
Many intramural and club sports also had information stands set up for students curious about on-campus sports.
Red Hawk Day was a peek into how different campus life is shaping up to be this semester, compared to what it was like just one year ago. With the vast majority of students and faculty vaccinated, everyone can hopefully have a safe fall 2021 semester and future.