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Class of 2015: Quirk And Choral-Camaraderie

Introducing two fresh faces and the prentice-posse that back them

By Benito Nieves
On October 17, 2011

  • The requests for absentee ballots must be submitted by mail by Tuesday, October 28, 2008. Scott K. Snowden, Jr.
  • The requests for absentee ballots must be submitted by mail by Tuesday, October 28, 2008. Scott K. Snowden, Jr.

As the Fall 2011 semester approaches its mid-term, the class of 2015 has already made quite the mark. Weeks prior to the semester even beginning, the incoming freshman flooded the class's Facebook walls with calls of anticipation, classroom and residence hall designations, and vows to be "the best freshman class Kean University has ever seen".


In this article, two freshmen, with two very different transitional paths to Kean, channel both the camaraderie among the class of 2015, but unique charm brought by the group that keeps the other classes watching their fresh peers.


Greg Erickson, a history education major hailing from Manalapan, NJ, is a freshman residing in the New Freshman Residence Hall, and is known for some quirky characteristics -- a banana suit and a ukulele, to name two. Erickson showcased both of them during his summer transition to the Kean campus, as a Bronze Leadership participant with the Center for Leadership and Service. There, Erickson integrated himself into the group as member of the diverse-macrocosm of freshman leaders.


"It was during Bronze when I met a bunch of my friends -- Andrew, Jason, Isis, Meris," shares Erickson. "Yeah, music is a good ice-breaker." Erickson remembers a prominent time spent with his peers, during the leadership retreat, when an impromptu music ‘jam session' slowly built into what Erickson can only describe as "ghostly".


"I was playing my guitar, and then someone started to do some drumming; and then Isis sung. And it all kind of just built. I was just like ‘whoa'."

From a very different transitional experience -- enter Briana Marsh -- freshman psychology major journeying to Kean from Swedesboro, NJ. Marsh admits to being nervous about the college experience initially, noting that separation from the close-knit group of friends from home was distressing. During freshman orientation, Marsh says she overheard one her freshman peers commenting on last year's "All Time Low' performance at Kean, and the shared musical-taste led to new friendship.


Another connection Marsh made was with her roommate -- an international student. Diversity has come to be one of Marsh's favorite aspects of the campus.


Marsh says that though she can "pretty much wave to anyone", her campus engagement has yet to boom. "I want to get involved -- either with volunteer opportunities or attend club meetings." Marsh, drawing correlation between both ambitions, continues, "Perhaps I may connect with marine Conservation In Action (mCIA)."


Marsh, like Erickson, is a resident student, but lives in Dougall Hall. She jokes that in comparison to her hometown where "the most exciting thing to do is tip cows", Kean University has a lot going on. Marsh is simply looking for the opportunity to capitalize on the right project.


The two freshman chosen for this article as the platform to represent the class of 2015 are not random selections; but rather, a testament of how the class has bonded thus far. There is no coincidence. While Erickson strung at strings, and Marsh floated with friendly ‘hello's', their paths crossed; and the result: well, slow dancing to Elvis, of course. The two decided to go steady after some hangout sessions amongst friends.


While friendship formations have gelled for the Cougars of 2015, the possibilities of "something more" have not been ruled out. One thing is certain: the camaraderie does not go unnoticed. If a geek-chic gal and a banana-suited fellow can find themselves as a pair amongst the pack, then the prospects look promising for this incoming class.

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