Junior Speaks: The semester starts strong

rachel_WEBWelcome back, Rider students. A new school year has begun and with it comes new adventures and excitement. September is a fun-filled and exciting month to be back at university.
On Sept. 5 at 10 p.m., students can head to the Bart Luedeke Center (BLC) Cavalla Room for the third annual I Love College dance party to kick off the first weekend of the semester. The following week, the Rider Awareness Fair will be taking place on Sept. 9 in the Student Recreation Center at 11:30 a.m. If those don’t strike your fancy, students have a plethora of clubs and organizations at their disposal.
Upon us is the 150th anniversary of the founding of Rider University, presenting students with a busy calendar of activities to honor the occasion. Sept. 16 will begin with a morning kickoff event, and continue with Cranberry Fest at 11:30 a.m. on the Lawrenceville Campus Mall. The day will conclude with a presentation by Doris Kearns Goodwin, a historian who wrote “Team of Rivals,” which inspired the Stephen Spielberg movie “Lincoln.” Tickets are free, but seats must be reserved online.
If you are looking for sports, look no further than the Rider campus. Men’s and women’s soccer, tennis and field hockey will be playing on the Lawrenceville campus, so be sure to support all the teams. Of course, don’t forget to wish our cross-country and golf teams good luck on their away games this September.
Want to hear music this fall? Head to the Westminster campus’ Bristol Chapel. September brings two faculty recitals in the latter part of the month. The first, Music For a While: Songs for Voice and Lute will be held on Sept. 21 and the second, Phyllis Alpert Lehrer and Friends will take place Sept. 28.
If you’re into dance, pick up a discounted student ticket to the American Repertory Ballet’s Performance in the BLC. The performances will be held Sept. 19 and 20.
The Rider Art gallery will feature landscape photography by artists including Josh Brilliant, Annie Hogan, Joshua Lutz, and Wendel A. White from Sept. 18 to Oct. 12.
Students who are looking for a little extra pocket money can check out the student employment fair on Sept.11 at 10 a.m. in the Cavalla Room, followed by an additional job fair featuring on and off-campus jobs at 11 a.m.
In addition to the events, socializing, and fun on campus, be sure to attend class, study and complete all homework.  Welcome back, Rider students, and enjoy the new school year.

-Rachel Safer
Junior political science & global studies major

Printed in the 09/03/14 issue.

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