In Other News: Week of Oct. 25 on campus

Gender-Affirming Clothing Swap

Sunrise RCNJ and the Women’s Center and LGBTQ+ Services cosponsored a gender-affirming clothing swap on Oct. 26 in the Alumni Lounges. A variety of clothing items were arranged on tables and racks throughout the room. Items could be tried on in the nearest bathroom. Students who did not have clothes to swap were welcome to take two items for free.

Eden Brojakowski, the president of Ramapo’s Sunrise chapter, was excited to collaborate with the Women’s Center. “Social justice and environmental justice, they go really hand-in-hand,” she said. 

Signs about the threats posed to human and environmental health by fast fashion decorated the walls. Tips on how to protest the industry included up-cycling clothes and buying from brands that have fair trade certification.

“[Fast fashion] is a horrible thing, but it’s also something we can definitely bring awareness about by doing stuff like this, by doing clothing swaps, by encouraging thrifting… to end excessive consumerism,” Brojakowski said.

– Danielle Bongiovanni



The Students of Caribbean Ancestry (SOCA) hosted their annual Halloween dance party, Hallowhine, on Oct. 27. The price for admission was $3 for guests in costume and $5 for guests without. 

Students gathered in a Friends Hall transformed for Halloween to dance the night away listening to Caribbean dance music and other songs to get the guests moving and have a good time. Throughout the night, there was a dance contest and a costume contest with prizes for the winners.

This event, much like years prior, was a crowd favorite and had the hall packed with people dressed in all different costumes. 

“It was a very stressful process for the e-board trying to figure everything out, but in the end, we believe it paid off and we are more than happy with how it went,” Secretary of SOCA Tori-Ann Hunter said. She said that SOCA will keep up the Halloween tradition and continue to promote Caribbean culture on campus through music and dance. 

– Rebecca Bleich


Halloween Bash

On Oct. 28, Disney Club, along with more than 20 cosponsoring clubs, hosted the second annual Halloween Bash. With over 120 people in attendance, there were a variety of activities to choose from, whether it was painting pumpkins, making bracelets, participating in the costume contest or just simply hanging out and dancing with friends. Some of the costumes were Disney-themed, like Alice from “Alice in Wonderland,” while others pulled from pop culture, like DoodleBob from “SpongeBob SquarePants” and members from the Addams Family.

After the success of last year’s event, which was the brainchild of Disney Club Secretary Joanie Daigle, the club knew they had to go even bigger this year. “We decided to reach out to double the amount of cosponsors we had last year and put on one of the largest student-led events on campus,” President Noelle Johnstone said in an email. “Being able to host such a large-scale event for RCNJ students to just have fun and be themselves is so rewarding.”

– Rebecca Gathercole


Featured photo courtesy of Noelle Johnstone