Rowan Freshmen Encouraged to Party

Rowan Freshmen Encouraged to Party

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Glassboro, NJ–Freshmen arriving on Rowan University's campus on Saturday, Sept. 3, will have a choice between going to wild off campus parties or wild on-campus parties, the latter
Glassboro, NJ–Freshmen arriving on Rowan University's campus on Saturday, Sept. 3, will
have a choice between going to wild off campus parties or wild on-campus parties, the latter
being hosted by the University, of course.

In an effort to ease students' transition into campus life, Rowan University will spend
approximately $30,000 in the first week of school and more than $100,000 throughout
September on student activities. The investment, as campus officials see it, is part of an effort
to increase student retention and graduation rates.

<+>Our primary goal is to help students through what is typically a difficult transition period,<+>
said Drew Calandrella, vice president for student affairs. <+>The activities serve as safe, fun
alternatives to the off-campus party scene and helps the students become a part of the
greater university community.<+>

Students who adjust to college life quickly are more likely to stay enrolled and graduate on
time,<+> said Calandrella.

Last year, the University spent approximately $20,000 on opening week activities. This year,
the budget was increased as well as the variety of events being offered.

On their first night on campus, freshmen will be greeted with a late-night luau outing with
bands playing and comedians entertaining the crowds. The very next day, the festivities
continue with a carnival for both the freshman and upperclassmen. Other activities include:

moc-TV Game shows w/ cash prizes,
day trips to the beach, Philadelphia and the local malls,
a Campus Casino Night,
a trip to the Broadway show <+>Rent<+>,
a Campus Beach Party complete with hot tubs, miniature golf and prizes,
and <+>Natural High Night<+>.

September will be capped with a major-recording artist performing an out-door concert in
Rowan's football stadium.

Contacts:

Drew Calandrella, vice president for Student Affairs, 856-256-4305

George Brelsford, asst. VP for Residence Life and Student Programming, 856-256-4257