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Coexist campaign to spread religious tolerance

By Sydney Shaw
Opinions Editor

After a week of field games, animated performances and an overwhelming display of school spirit, Student Government reflected on the success of this year’s Homecoming at the general body meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

“I just want to thank everyone who came out and participated in any of the events,” Student Trustee Ryan Boyne said. He was elected Homecoming King at halftime during the football game on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Regarding the Homecoming Spirit Week T-shirt swap, at least 350 T-shirts were collected to donate to Goodwill. On Wednesday, Oct. 22, students traded in old high school T-shirts or other college T-shirts for brand new Homecoming 2014 shirts.

“We absolutely murdered it,” Vice President of Student Services Navid Radfar said of the event. Radfar organized the swap with support from Vice President for Student Affairs Amy Hecht and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Sharon Beverly.

Next, Vice President of Equity and Diversity Javier Nicasio announced his committee’s campaign, Coexist, which is set to take place the week starting Sunday, Nov. 16.

“The purpose of Coexist is to teach students about different religions, including atheism and agnosticism,” Nicasio said. “We are not promoting any particular religion. We are simply educating people and showing them that we can all coexist on this earth.”

The Coexist campaign acknowledges the lack of understanding and tolerance between different religions and emphasizes that knowledge and relationships have the power to eliminate conflicts. According to the website, “by bringing together communities with a history of conflict, we strengthen the bonds between them and create a new generation free from prejudice, hate and violence.”

Later, Vice President of Academic Affairs Casey Dowling announced that Student Government is co-sponsoring an event with the Golden Key Honor Society that features John Sisko of the College’s Philosophy Department. Sisko will be discussing public speaking, and the event will be held in Education Building room 209 at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Nicasio also told students to be on the lookout this week for photos from “I Too Am TCNJ,” a photo campaign highlighting the faces and voices of students from the College.

Senior class council President Brian Garsh revealed the next senior night date and location — it will be an Xfinity Live event in Philadelphia on Saturday, Nov. 15. Garsh also encouraged the senior class to follow the council’s instagram account: @TCNJCLASS15.

Seniors are invited to celebrate in Alumni Grove with food and beverages on Friday, Nov. 21, which marks six months until May graduation. There, the Senior Week 2015 announcement will be made.

Sophomore class council president Robert Kinloch announced that the sophomore semi-formal will be held at the Cedar Gardens Banquet Hall in Hamilton, N.J. on Friday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. Student Finance Board fully funded the event with $9,380.10 for 300 tickets, which will be on sale throughout the week.

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