Students Bring the Christmas Spirit to Campus

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Published December 8, 2021
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(Left to right): Adam Burger and Levi Morici pose for a photo after the gift wrapping contest. Lynise Olivacce | The Montclarion

Christmas is making its way to Montclair State University and students are getting in the festive spirit. The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) has been curating events just in time for the holiday season.

CSI held a holiday-themed event on Dec. 4 where students played “Minute to Win It” Games and wore ugly Christmas sweaters.

The night started with Christmas music playing such as “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole as students talked amongst one another. Students participated in activities such as cup tosses, cookie face-offs, bopping balloons on their heads and wrapping each other in wrapping paper.

Jess Parnas, a senior business administration major and the event assistant for CSI, expressed how happy she was about the turnout of the event.

“I was happy with the turnout that we [had],” Parnas said. “Everyone was just having a good time, which is our main goal. My favorite game was probably the cookie one on your forehead because the game goes back really far with me.”

Jess Parnas shakes the raffle tickets as the others anxiously waits to see who wins the prizes. Lynise Olivacce | The Montclarion

Jess Parnas shakes the raffle tickets as the others anxiously wait to see who wins the prizes.
Lynise Olivacce | The Montclarion

Levi Morici, a sophomore theatre design, technology and management major, enjoyed getting to meet new people at the event.

“I thought it was really fun seeing faces I have never seen before and just kind of connecting with people that I didn’t even know their names to start with,” Morici said. “My favorite game was definitely the gift wrapping one.”

Alan Gottlieb, a junior business administration major, wraps Daniel O’Sullivan, a freshman business administration major, with gift wrapping paper as he quickly grabs tape during a gift wrapping contest. Lynise Olivacce | The Montclarion

(Left to right): Daniel O’Sullivan, a freshman business administration major, is wrapped with gift wrapping paper from Alan Gottlieb, a junior business administration major, as he quickly grabs tape during a gift wrapping contest.
Lynise Olivacce | The Montclarion

Adam Burger, a senior business administration major, explained how much joy he felt getting into the Christmas spirit on campus.

“I thought this event was really fun,” Burger said. “CSI always hosts the best events on campus so definitely come check out CSI.”

(Left to right): Adam Burger, a senior business marketing major, Levi Morici, a sophomore design technology and management theatre major, react to Alan Gottlieb, a junior business administration major trying to put a cookie in his mouth during the cookie face off. Lynise Olivacce | The Montclarion

(Left to right): Adam Burger and Levi Morici react to Alan Gottlieb trying to put a cookie in his mouth during the cookie face off.
Lynise Olivacce | The Montclarion

To close off the night, students played a game of who could wrap each other the quickest.

Megan Flood, the graduate coordinator of weekend programming for CSI, felt the Christmas spirit and enjoyed the turnout of the event.

“I thought [the event] was really fun, it was a small group but it was a good time and the different activities got people excited,” Flood said. “I liked the present wrapping game because it was really hilarious to see.”

(Left to right): Megan Flood, the graduate coordinator of weekend programming for the Center for Student Involvement at Montclair State and Jess Parnas, a senior business administration major and the event assistant for the Center for Student Involvement pose for a picture. Lynise Olivacce | The Montclarion

(Left to right): Megan Flood, the graduate coordinator of weekend programming for the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) and Jess Parnas, a senior business administration major and the event assistant for CSI, pose for a picture.
Lynise Olivacce | The Montclarion

As the night came to an end, tickets were raffled. The winners of the night were chosen and won gifts such as an Echo Dot, an Amazon Fire Stick, books and more.

The “most wonderful time of the year” has commenced, and one thing’s for certain; students are bringing it all here at Montclair State.

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