Unity Week Recap: A Time to Remember

As Unity week comes to a close, the CougarsByte reflects on the events that took place

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Ch'nya Howard and Wayne Dawes

From Sunday, April 14 to Sunday, April 21, the Kean Community enjoyed a fun and event-filled Unity Week. Unity Week is a Kean tradition that recognizes and celebrates the diversity on campus. On Sunday, April 14, there was a Kean University Founders 5k commemorating the date the university held its first day of classes as the Newark Normal School.

Cougars were invited to attend Culture Fest on Monday, April 15 as attendees had the pleasure of eating delicious foods, learning about the cultural clubs at the university, and watching performances given by the clubs. On Tuesday, April 16, in the Miron Student Center Little Theatre, the audience welcomed Kean Alumnus, A’ndre Davis, to watch his stageplay Man of the House, which explored the topic of domestic violence with the man being abused instead of the woman.

On Wednesday, April 17, the Undergraduate Poster Presentations for the annual research day took place at Downs Hall from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM, the event was packed with students and staff interested in learning about what other students had researched as the event was filled with educational facts about the environment and the economy. Later that night the highly anticipated Comedic Storytelling hosted by Kenan Thompson took place at Wilkins Theater from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. as the crowd was entertained by his humorous punchlines and great spirit on stage. After the show, Kenan stayed on campus to take photos and meet more of the audience that attended the show.

On April 18th, the Student Government Freshman Class of 2027 hosted the Cougar All Stars - Students v Staff Basketball Game at Harwood Arena from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. as the Students stood on top of the staff off of a buzzer beater as the crowd was excited throughout the multiple games that took place. At halftime, there was a dance performance presented by the Kutopknotch majorette dance team that kept the crowd entertained as the students and staff were getting ready to compete in the second part of the game.

Unity Week was a great example of how the Kean community can come together for a multitude of reasons and events. Students, staff, alumni, and guests were able to enjoy everything that took place and get familiar with each organization that hosted each event.