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Meredith Reeve and Jeffrey Williams, two 22-year-olds at Rowan University work at the Rec Center, are members of Unified Sports, Colleges Against Cancer, Habitat for Humanity, and have been a couple since 2011.
“We met in high school. We were always good friends but it wasn’t until I went to college across the country that we realized we had feelings for each other,” says Reeve.
Reeve and Williams met at Seneca High School in Shamong, New Jersey. Shortly after high school graduation in 2010 Reeve attended BYUI (Brigham Young University in Idaho) while Williams attended Rowan University.
Reeve and Williams kept in touch while she was in Idaho but they weren’t an item yet.
Reeve and Williams reconnected in the summer of 2011 when Reeve returned to New Jersey.
“We were just in his car talking about me going back to school at BYUI. I started crying and then he got sad. He just came out and just said he loved me and I told him I loved him too. We weren’t even dating!,” says Reeve.
She already had thoughts of transferring from BYUI to Rowan because the school wasn’t for her, but once Williams told her he loved her she was set on going to Rowan.
“It just made sense for us to date at that point because we were so sad when we were apart,” says Reeve.
Reeve applied to Rowan and got in!
“I think when I told him I was transferring to Rowan it was just a really good day for us. It wasn’t until I came to Rowan that we really fell into place,” says Reeve.
The couple will be celebrating their three year anniversary in the summer of 2014.
We all know it’s always hard to find something to wear on a day- to -day basis, but it is especially hard to find the “perfect” fit when you’re going somewhere special. As my fellow love birds are brainstorming their creative ideas to express their love and affection to one another, in the back of their mind, the question still lingers…” But what should I wear?” Ok, no I’m not going to be snuggled up with a boo or receiving a dozen roses from a special other, but as I scramble for some plans to alleviate my sad reality of being single, I, TOO, will be asking….”But what should I wear?” So whether you’re spending a night out on town with the love of your life, or going to a casual dinner with friends Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to sport a variety of pinks and reds. With boyfriend jeans at the peak of its fashion life, they’re essential to have in every fashionista’s closest. Their versatility is the perfect staple for whatever Valentine’s Day brings you.
For all those lucky ladies going to a nice dinner TRY THIS:
While you’re still comfortable in a pair of jeans, the hot pink tuxedo blazer is bold and it embraces Valentine’s Day as it puts a dressy spin to the look combined with a pair of black pumps.
Single and Ready to Mingle TRY THIS:
This casual V-neck t-shirt is fun and the joke definitely makes light of your single misery. This long black cardigan along with these funky ankle boots are the perfect match for any casual gathering. Sometimes saying little is saying everything!
Still not sure where you’re going TRY THIS:
“Excuse me, I’m lost. Can you please help me find 69th street?” What would you do if someone handed you a note with this message on it in a subway station? How would you feel if you were the person approaching people with this note in your hand?
Kadiatou Kida was scared. Not to mention frustrated. “I don’t know how to speak English,” was one of the only phrases Kadiatuo, or Kadi (pronounced Katie), knew how to say while struggling to learn English when she came to America from Mali, Africa in December of 2010. She is now a Public Relations graduate student at Rowan University.
Her journey from being frightened to confident was not an easy one.
Kadi was living in Philly on Chester Avenue when she first came to America because she was attending Temple University. Her apartment was not in the best area and there were mice. One of her Malian friends, also studying English at Temple, decided to go to the park one night because it was too hot in his non-air conditioned apartment. He still did not know how to speak English very well. Some men approached him asking about drugs. He did not know how to respond. He couldn’t respond. The men shot him and he died.
Kadi was horrified. They shot him because he couldn’t speak English, and neither could she. Would she be next? Kadi decided to go home to Mali for two weeks to visit her family, whom she is very close with. They made her realize that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and she can’t pass it up. “Destiny is destiny,” says Kadi who decided to return to America despite her fear.
Who are you most excited to see at Profstock? Profstock this year will feature local female disc jockey DJ XTINA, hip-hop artist B.o.B., pop artist Dev, and ska punk band Sublime with Rome. This year’s Profstock performance has something to offer students of all musical interests. Only about 2,600 tickets will be sold so hurry before they sell out!
“I think [Sublime] is going to have an awesome performance, Rome has a great voice,” said Sara Holroyd, sophomore education major. I expect them to have a great performance because they are such a good band. It’ll be really cool to see everyone’s reaction when they play ‘Santeria’ because that’s one of their main hits.”
Sublime with Rome’s original lead singer passed away and the new lead singer is named Rome. They have multiple songs and albums and most Rowan students are anticipating this performance most of all.
“I’m excited to see B.o.B. because he’s going to bring a lot of energy to Profstock,” said sophomore film major, Paul DuVilla. B.o.B, or Bobby Ray Simmons, is a hip hop artist and rapper whose well-known songs include “Airplanes” and “So Good.”
Early Saturday morning Willow residents were awakened by a fire alarm set off by a fire extinguisher although some of the fire alarms in the rooms were broken and did not go off, according to a Willow RA.
“It happened so fast,” said Holroyd. She explained that she was on the third floor, where the extinguisher was opene
d, shortly before the alarm went off and there was no one in the hallway.
Some Willow residents who were near the staircase where the fire extinguisher was opened were crying due to the thick, white smoke released from the extinguisher.
Also, Holroyd and another RA, Vinny Oliver, had to run back into the building and knock on people’s doors because the fire alarm in the some of the rooms was not going off.
Holroyd also referenced the Seton Hall University dorm fire that occurred over a decade ago that she learned about recently during an RA in- service. She explained that she kept thinking about the people who were stuck in the building during this devastating fire at Seton Hall while she went back inside Willow to alert her residents of the alarm.
“I knew that I needed to go check on these kids,” said Holroyd. She explained that she and Oliver are the type of people who would go back into the building if something was wrong.
“[Stepping] is not just a race thing, it’s a universe thing,” said Ed Nelson, better known as King Leo or Sexy Chocolate by the members of his well-known step group, The PLAYERS.
Six of fifty members of The PLAYERS club step group came to Rowan last night to perform their comedy, step routine at Rowan After Hours (R.A.H.). Six of Rowan’s Greek organizations including- Lambda Theta Phi, Lambda Theta Alpha, Chi Upsilon Sigma, Lambda Sigma Upsilon, Mu Sigma Upsilon, and Psi Sigma Phi, also performed their salutes, strolls, and steps.
Ed Nelson, the leader of The PLAYERS, hosted the show which began with each Greek organization taking the stage and explaining a brief history of their organization and performing either a step, stroll, or salute.
Jules Montanez, President of Lambda Theta Alpha, explained that strolling is like an organized line dance and saluting is a way of paying respect. Also, some strolls are national and members of each organization everywhere learn the moves. Jose Veloz, president of Lambda Sigma Upsilon, explained that his Latino organization salutes in different languages to pay respect to many different cultures.
After all the Greeks performed, The PLAYERS entertained the audience for the next hour with their comedy, step skit. Ed Nelson explained that stepping originated with the slaves because they would use stomps and claps to communicate with each other. They also invited members of the audience to go on stage and learn some moves.
Are you and your friends looking for something fun to do? Try the new restaurants at Rowan Boulevard! Sometimes staying on campus all the time can seem boring but now you can get an off-campus experience without even leaving Rowan. There are many restaurants coming soon whether you are interested in eating burgers and salads or frozen yogurt and pastries! Currently Prime Burger is the main restaurant that is open on Rowan Boulevard. It serves burgers, fries, wings, breakfast sandwiches and more. Also they recently became a BYOB restaurant and they deliver to Evergreen, Mullica, RoBo, and the Whitney Center, according to the Prime Burger Facebook page. So even if you don’t have time to go to Rowan Boulevard they will come to you!
Also, other restaurants that will be opening soon include Yapple Yogurt, Green Zebra, and Ry’s Bagels.
Green Zebra, which is focused on all-natural and organic foods, will feature salads, soups, wraps just to name a few.
Yapple Yogurt is a frozen yogurt place with a variety of fun and unique flavors to suite all taste buds. If you are looking for a delicious cold treat this is the place for you.
The popular Ry’s Bagels in Glassboro located near Hops and Grapes and Shoprite will also be opening an additional bagel shop in Rowan Boulevard called “Ry’s @ Rowan.” It will feature bagels, pastries, coffees and more.
“We need to remember that we are not climbing a ladder to get to the top. We are walking through life together.” These are some of the wise words that adjunct public speaking professor, Patricia Coughlan, shared with her family members, students, and professors at her “Last Lecture” presentation on Tuesday.
Coughlan stated several times that she felt, “tremendously humbled,” to have been chosen to give this speech. She discussed, “how to live a life of interest,” and how all her experiences and everyone she has come into contact with has shaped who she is. Coughlan and the audience both got emotional and laughed often when she was shared what she has learned from her experiences along with personal family photos, mementos from her life, and stories.
This SUP sponsored event took place in the Student Center Ballroom and was inspired by Carnegie Melon University’s computer science professor, Randy Pausch, who gave his famous last lecture once he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It has become a tradition at universities to have students vote on what professor they want to see give their hypothetical last lecture and Rowan students chose Patricia Coughlan.
The seven main point of interest that she outlined for the audience included: be confident and humble, be eclectic and worldly, be passionate and bold, be personable and kind, be glib and good, be ready, and be the Zamboni ( which was her metaphor for telling everyone that they need to take risks).
“Education is not just about the degree, it’s about being lifetime learners,” explained Coughlan as she shared a story from her childhood when her father gave her a bottle of whiskey on her first day of kindergarten and she was not allowed to open it until she got her degree. She still has not opened and she does not plan on opening it until she completes her PhD.