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Photo Essay: Montclair State Students Celebrate the Beginning of the Semester on Red Hawk Day

by Lynise Olivacce

Montclair State University students gathered around campus to celebrate the annual Red Hawk Day on Tuesday, Aug. 29. The day commenced with a student involvement fair, which consisted of different organizations and clubs.

Students dance in front of the Student Center, at the beginning of Red Hawk Day, Tuesday, August 29th, 2023.

Students dance in front of the Student Center, at the beginning of Red Hawk Day. Karsten Englander | The Montclarion Photo credit: Karsten Englander

Students surround the student center quad celebrating red hawk day. Dani Mazariegos | The Montclarion

Students surround the student center quad celebrating Red Hawk Day. Dani Mazariegos | The Montclarion Photo credit: Dani Mazariegos

Before the festivities began, President Johnathan Koppell gave a motivational speech to the Class of 2027.

President Jonathan Koppell gives a speech to the class of 2027 in front of the Student Center at Red Hawk Day, Tuesday, August 29th, 2023.

President Jonathan Koppell gives a speech to the class of 2027 in front of the Student Center at Red Hawk Day. Karsten Englander | The Montclarion Photo credit: Karsten Englander

President Jonathan Koppell gives a speech to the class of 2027 in front of the Student Center at Red Hawk Day, Tuesday, August 29th, 2023.

President Jonathan Koppell gives a speech to the class of 2027 in front of the Student Center at Red Hawk Day. Karsten Englander | The Montclarion Photo credit: Karsten Englander

Students dispersed after hearing inspirational words from President Koppell and lined up in front of tables to sign up to get more involved around campus. People danced to music, had food and went on a range of attractions.

Students play Volleyball in the Student Center Quad on Red Hawk Day, Tuesday, August 29th, 2023.

Students play Volleyball in the Student Center Quad on Red Hawk Day. Karsten Englander | The Montclarion Photo credit: Karsten Englander

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Jenna Wilkinson, a junior theater studies major and the Clerk for the Montclair State Players Organization, encouraging students to join at the Student Involvement Fair at the Student Center Quad on Red Hawk Day, Tuesday, August 29th, 2023.

Jenna Wilkinson, a junior theater studies major and the Clerk for the Montclair State Players Organization, encouraging students to join at the Student Involvement Fair at the Student Center Quad on Red Hawk Day. Karsten Englander | The Montclarion Photo credit: Karsten Englander

From a Ferris wheel, the Round-Up ride, the Roll-a-Ball game, Bean Bag Tosses, the Fun Slide, Water Gun Game, Hoop Shot, family games and more.

Ashley Sarango, a freshman exercise science major, plays Cornhole with Omar Bernal, a freshman film and TV major, at Red Hawk Day, Tuesday, August 29th, 2023.

Ashley Sarango, a freshman exercise science major, plays Cornhole with Omar Bernal, a freshman film and TV major, at Red Hawk Day. Karsten Englander | The Montclarion Photo credit: Karsten Englander

Students from the Montclair State University Student Nurses Association take a selfie at Red Hawk Day, Tuesday, August 29th, 2023.

Students from the Montclair State University Student Nurses Association take a selfie at Red Hawk Day. Karsten Englander | The Montclarion

Na'Dree Stewart, Vice President of the Daughta Speaks Organization, waves a Pride flag at the Student Involvement fair in the Student Center Quad at Red Hawk Day, Tuesday, August 29th, 2023.

Na'Dree Stewart, Vice President of the Daughta Speaks Organization, waves a Pride flag at the Student Involvement fair in the Student Center Quad at Red Hawk Day. Karsten Englander | The Montclarion Photo credit: Karsten Englander

Two students watch people dance. 
Dani Mazariegos | The Montclarion

Two students watch people dance.
Dani Mazariegos | The Montclarion Photo credit: Dani Mazariegos

Mia Pedalino, a sophomore marketing major, holds up a rugby ball behind the Montclair State Club Rugby table at Red Hawk Day, Tuesday, August 29th, 2023.

Mia Pedalino, a sophomore marketing major, holds up a rugby ball behind the Montclair State Club Rugby table at Red Hawk Day, Tuesday, August 29th, 2023. Karsten Englander | The Montclarion Photo credit: Karsten Englander

Rocky enjoying some food at Red Hawk Day, Tuesday, August 29th, 2023.

Rocky enjoying some food at Red Hawk Day, Tuesday, August 29th. Karsten Englander | The Montclarion Photo credit: Karsten Englander

Students having fun at Red Hawk Day, Tuesday, August 29th, 2023.

Students having fun at Red Hawk Day. Karsten Englander | The Montclarion Photo credit: Karsten Englander

Alyssa Seger, a freshman theater studies major, and Morgan Burns, a freshman history major, show off their inflatable guitars from one of the games at Red Hawk Day, Tuesday, August 29th, 2023.

Alyssa Seger, a freshman theater studies major, and Morgan Burns, a freshman history major, show off their inflatable guitars from one of the games at Red Hawk Day. Karsten Englander | The Montclarion Photo credit: Karsten Englander

Alex Greaney, a senior film and TV major, poses as Saul Goodman from the popular show "Better Call Saul", on

Alex Greaney, a senior film and TV major, poses as Saul Goodman from the popular show "Better Call Saul", at Red Hawk Day. Karsten Englander | The Montclarion Photo credit: Karsten Englander

Members of the Chi Upsilon Sigma Latin Sorority perform a dance in front of the Student Center on Red Hawk Day, Tuesday, August 29th, 2023.

Members of the Chi Upsilon Sigma Latin Sorority perform a dance in front of the Student Center on Red Hawk Day. Karsten Englander | The Montclarion Photo credit: Karsten Englander

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