As the summer comes to an end, Kean University held several events to wind down the summer.
On Tuesday, Aug. 30, students gravitated to the Miron Student Center Game Room to partake in a gaming tournament. A variety of games were played such as chess, pool, checkers, Mortal Kombat, NBA 2k22, ping pong, Uno, and Jenga. While these friendly matches took place, some students recommended their own favorite games.
“I would recommend Cats and Soup. It's a very relaxing game,” Paulina, kean student said.
Others recommended games such as Monster Hunter, Pokémon Go, Tekken, Minecraft, and Genshin Impact. Some even mentioned what video game realm they’d live in.
“I’d probably live in Fortnite since it’s the last game I played,” said Kean Student Griffin.
“For me I think Tekken would be the world I’d live in, but I don’t think I’d survive because [of] the war taking place," Kean Student Adam mentioned.
The Game Room tournament began winding down at 4 p.m. Congratulations to all the winners and team players that participated in this lively event.
Later that same evening, The Greek Showcase was held at Downs Hall from 6 to 9 p.m. Greek sororities and fraternities gathered at this event to introduce themselves to the Kean community.
“We wanted to plan this event cause it’s a nice kickoff to the semester. We wanted to plan this event for the students to enjoy themselves,” Greek Senate President Natalia Munoz said.
“We really wanted to give an opportunity for the students on campus to meet our Greek life members in a relaxed environment to enjoy food and have a good time together," said Caroline Antonio, coordinator for student involvement.
The Greek Showcase held spectacular dance performances to encourage students to be hyped up for the new semester and persuade others to join Greek Life. Incoming Freshman Derek, an environmental science major, is one of the many students interested in participating in Greek Life.
“I came out to this event because I am interested in pledging for Alpha Phi Alpha. I wanted to see what this event was about and I got a chance to talk to them," said Derek. "I’m really looking forward to the event they are holding on September 21st. I attended one of their events yesterday which led to me coming here. It pushed me out of my comfort zone to come here today.”
Jordan Newlan, another incoming freshman, shares his opinions on the Greek Showcase.
“I liked it, it was really fun, there were a lot of people dancing, lots of music, and food. It was fun to look at,” Newlan said.
The Greek Showcase ended on a positive note and perhaps maybe even persuaded a few potential new members to join.
Aug. 31st, the last day of summer vacation, was celebrated with an outdoor barbecue. This barbecue was held outside the Miron Student Center Recreation Complex. Students were greeted with music, delicious food, and a bouncy slide on the basketball court.
Everyone gathered with their friends to reminisce about their summer. Caytie Banzon, an incoming freshman, reflects on their summer and shares their upcoming goals for the semester.
“Well the most memorable part was going on fun shopping sprees with my aunt, but I’m mainly excited for the school year to start. I’m really excited to join clubs like the art club so I can improve on my art skills,” says Banzon.
“This year my goals are to improve on my teamwork skills and just myself overall, like self care,” Freshman Student Lilia Park mentions.
The barbecue was a relaxing and fun experience for students to have fun and enjoy one another’s company. Students were also able to reflect on their summer and begin implementing new goals for the start of a great semester.