U-Day events provide something for everyone

University Day, held Oct, 2, proved to be a crowd pleaser for both the young and old.

“We can’t wait to go on the train! We even got silly bands,” Tyler, 6, son of alumni Olivia Ramalho (’99) said.

He and his brother, Nicholas, both got their face painted at Alpha Sigma Tau’s table.

Interim President Gabriel Esteban, started off the day with a moment of silence for student Jessica Moore, who died in the Sept. 25 off-campus shooting, and the others who were affected.

The main event was two FreeCycle biking shows. The bikers did stunts, including riding off a ramp and over 11 of the crowd members.

“Last year, it rained and we had to move inside. This year everything worked out really well. Everyone had a good time,” biker Jason Rodriguez said.

Delta Phi Epsilon raised money for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders by charging attendees for the ability to toss a pie at someone’s face.

The National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association raised money for Rhett Syndrome by raffling off a Kindle.

WSOU broadcasted the event and held tours of their station. Tours of the campus were also given, and Msgr. Robert Wister offered a lecture on the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.

The YMCAs of the Oranges gave away sports equipment in an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle. The Walsh Gym held a volleyball clinic. The 26th Annual 5K Run was also held.

Other tables featured DOVE, the Leadership Development Program and the African Student Association.

N.J. Blood Services held a blood drive throughout the event.

A production of Cinderella was offered in the Theater-in-the-Round.

The Student Alumni Association was on the Green, formally recording students’ and alumni’s traditions. Tables set up by the University included free tattoos, pumpkin painting and kite painting.

The Living Room featured Seton Hall memorabilia, and the Walsh Gallery had an art exhibition titled “Driving Without Destination.” The National Guard brought in a van for visitors to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

The day’s activities concluded with the 5 p.m. University Weekend Mass in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.

Edward McLean, grandfather of freshman McKenna Ronquillo, flew in from Arizona for the festivities.

“They really did a great job with this,” McLean said.

Jessica Card can be reached at jessica.card@student.shu.edu.

Author: Staff Writer

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