Awhile back, I wrote a blog post about Keeping in Touch with The Whit, Rowan’s campus newspaper. Today is Thursday, the day The Whit comes out every week, and I always make sure to grab a copy in order to see what’s been going on. Over the last few weeks in particular, since I’ve been so busy getting ready for finals, I’ve noticed that I depend more and more on The Whit to remind me about what’s going on around Rowan. Sometimes I just don’t have time to keep up with everything on my own, so it’s handy to have a source of news and information that I know is relevant to my life. The Whit does cover some national events, but a lot of its focus is on news directly related to the school and student life, and I find that especially helpful.
Today’s front page story was about students on the Rowan football team gathering volunteers for bone marrow registration. That’s just one of the many charitable causes that Rowan students frequently support. These events are quite varied, and can range from gathering volunteers to raising money in sporting events for important causes. Sometimes I’ll find out about charity events in person, and get the chance to actually meet the people involved. Other times, however, there’s just too much going on around campus for me to keep up to date on everything. When I hear about a great charitable cause, however, I always like to do what I can to share the information and make sure as many people as possible learn about it, so that they can offer their support.
Of course, charity events aren’t the only news I like to hear about. Rowan also has a lot of arts and entertainment events going on pretty much every week, sometimes to support good causes, and sometimes just for fun. Today, there was a live band playing outside the student center, while students shared information about organ donation. Earlier this week, there was a concert in Pfleeger Concert Hall, held by the Rowan percussion ensemble. There was also a poetry slam Tuesday night, which included prizes for the poets involved. These are just a small sampling of the artistic events that take place all the time around campus; others include dance recitals, art exhibits, plays, and musicals.
Another way I learn about campus events is through the school’s twitter account (@RowanUniversity). They often tweet important and useful information, which is helpful when I don’t have time to seek the info out on my own. There’s also a bunch of other official school twitter accounts for different types of information: @TheWhitOnline is the main twitter account for The Whit, while @TheWhitFeatures is the account for The Whit’s feature’s section, and both shares links to articles from The Whit’s website (other individual sections include @TheWhitSports for the sports section, and @TheWhitAE for the Arts and Entertainment section); @RUWC is the Rowan WritingCenter’s official twitter account, where students can get information about help with writing; and @RowanRadio shares information about Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM: “The Music That Matters.”
Of course, one of the best ways to learn about things going on around campus is simply word of mouth. A few of my classmates were involved in this semester’s production of “Guys and Dolls,” and they were eagerly encouraging everyone in class to attend. I’ve also known a lot of students on different sports teams at Rowan, and they are always hoping for their classmates to show up and cheer them on during their games and competitions.
Regardless of where I learn about something, I’m glad that there are so many ways for me to keep up to date on what is going on around campus. Rowan is very active in everything from sports to entertainment to events planned by clubs, fraternities, and sororities. There’s always something new coming up right around the corner.