Students bring the Christmas spirit to campus

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Christmas is coming to Montclair State University and the students are getting into the festive mood. The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) has organized events just in time for the holiday season.

CSI hosted a holiday-themed event on December 4th where students played “Minute to Win It” games and wore ugly Christmas sweaters.

The evening started with Christmas music such as “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole as the students talked to each other. Students participated in activities such as cup tosses, cookie confrontations, popping balloons over their heads and wrapping each other in wrapping paper.

Jess Parnas, a major in business administration and event assistant for CSI, expressed how happy she was to participate in the event.

“I was happy with the participation rate that we have [had]”Parnas said.” Everyone was having a good time, which is our main focus. My favorite game was probably the cookie on your forehead because the game goes way back with me.

Jess Parnas shakes the raffle tickets as the others anxiously wait to see who wins the prizes.
Lynise Olivacce | The Montclarion

Levi Morici, a sophomore theater design, technology and management student, enjoyed meeting new people at the event.

“I thought it was really fun seeing faces that I had never seen before and just connecting with people whose names I didn’t even know initially,” Morici said. “My favorite game was definitely the gift wrap game. “

Alan Gottlieb, junior business administration student, wraps first-year business administration student Daniel O'Sullivan with gift wrap as he quickly grabs duct tape in a gift wrapping contest.  Lynise Olivacce |  The Montclarion

(Left to Right): Daniel O’Sullivan, a freshman business administration student, is wrapped in gift wrapping paper from Alan Gottlieb, a junior business administration student, as he quickly catches some duct tape at a gift wrapping contest.
Lynise Olivacce | The Montclarion

Adam Burger, a senior business administration student, explained how happy he was to get into the Christmas spirit on campus.

“I thought this event was really fun,” Burger said. “CSI always hosts the best events on campus, so definitely come see CSI. “

(Left to right): Adam Burger, a senior in corporate marketing, Levi Morici, a sophomore in design technology and management theater, react to Alan Gottlieb, a junior in business administration trying to put a cookie in his mouth during the face to face with the cookies.  Lynise Olivacce |  The Montclarion

(Left to Right): Adam Burger and Levi Morici react to Alan Gottlieb trying to put a cookie in his mouth during the face to face.
Lynise Olivacce | The Montclarion

To close the evening, the students played who could wrap themselves up the fastest.

Megan Flood, CSI’s Graduate Weekend Programming Coordinator, felt the Christmas spirit and enjoyed attending the event.

“I was thinking [the event] was really fun, it was a small group but it was a good time and the different activities got people excited, ”said Flood. “I liked the gift-wrapping game because it was so hilarious to watch.”

(Left to right): Megan Flood, weekend program coordinator for the Center for Student Involvement at Montclair State and Jess Parnas, a major in business administration and event assistant for the Center for Student Involvement pose for a Photo.  Lynise Olivacce |  The Montclarion

(Left to right): Megan Flood, the weekend programs coordinator for the Student Engagement Center (CSI) and Jess Parnas, a major in business administration and event assistant for the CSI, pose for a photo.
Lynise Olivacce | The Montclarion

At the end of the evening, tickets were drawn. The winners of the night were chosen and took home freebies such as an Echo Dot, Amazon Fire Stick, books and more.

The “most wonderful time of the year” has begun, and one thing is for sure; students bring it all here at Montclair State.


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