For the first time since 2009, the Student Government Association will be hosting Rowan Remembers, an event aimed at uniting the campus in a time of loss as well as commemorating those who have been lost and showing support to their friends and loved ones.
Rowan Remembers is a candlelight vigil, much like that held last spring in honor of Matthew Uhl, a 22-year-old senior entrepreneurship major and brother of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity who was struck by a drunk driver in April and died shortly after at Cooper University Hospital.
SGA President Surbhi Pathak wanted to bring back the event and leave behind a renewed tradition.
“We’re bringing it back to create a new tradition,” Pathak said. “It’s for all students who have passed away this year, and we’ve invited their families to join us.”
With SGA sponsoring the event, the goal of old traditions being brought back has become a reality. The event will consist of students, faculty and supporters meeting at the Student Center Patio and lighting each other’s candles. The group will take a remembrance walk to the 9/11 memorial where a moment of silence will commence. Speakers and families of the students being remembered will also be given an opportunity to speak.
This year’s event will be honoring three students — Frank Oresic, Siddharth Melkote and Matthew Hruszczak.
Twenty-five-year-old health and exercise science major and brother of Tau Kappa Epsilon, Hruszczak passed away after an eight-month battle with injuries suffered in a car accident last July. Since his death, the brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon have been working to raise money for Hruszczak’s family through multiple fundraisers and events. One event that meant the most to the brothers was a 5K run inspired by Hruszczak’s goal to run 1,000 miles throughout the year.
“The school has been very supportive along with the National Wellness Institute who co-sponsored the memorial run last Friday for [Hruszczak],” said senior law and justice major and brother of Tau Kappa Epsilon Jacob Basch. “To be able to run toward his goal and memorialize him and his love of running was really special.”
Along with many of the brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon, Hruszczak’s mother, Noreen Crowle, will be present to support the event that will take place on Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m. on the Student Center Patio.
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