Delaware-campus students shelved the serious, stressful side of law school for a few hours on Friday to get in a bit of youthful fun at their second-annual Community Day.
Begun last year as a way to socialize before the semester gets entrenched in papers, projects and studies, Community Day was designed to bring together students and their families with staff and faculty to mingle and enjoy one another’s company, in something of a carnival atmosphere.
“We work hard all year and we figured it would be a good idea to have a little fun as it all gets started,” said student Kayleen Piszczek, who conceived the Community Day idea last fall. “It’s about building community spirit and having pride in Widener. We love our school.”
The Student Bar Association
solicited food and other support from sponsors and donors to make the event possible. It featured two moon bounces – including one equipped with oversized boxing equipment – volleyball, bocce, a bean-bag toss, football toss, snow cones, a cotton candy machine, a piñata and other table games like “Pin the Bank on the Foreclosed Home,” courtesy of the Real Estate Law Society.
And there were pies. Whipped cream pies. For $1, Student Bar Association officers took them in the face to raise money that will support student organizations in competitions.
“Widener’s biggest selling point is its sense of community. I thought there was no better way to showcase that then to have Community Day again this year,” Student Bar Association President Liya Groysman said, her hair crusty with dried whipped cream after taking a few for the team.
Dean of Students Susan Goldberg
milled through the crowd of about 50 enjoying the light atmosphere on a summer Friday afternoon.
“It’s a lovely way for the SBA to welcome everyone back for the start of a new year,” she said.
The Student Bar Association is grateful to the following sponsors and donors: Office Depot, P.F. Chang’s, Big Fish, Themis, Olive Garden, Trader Joe’s, Café Riviera, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Giant and Target.
The Harrisburg campus will hold its Dean’s Picnic on Saturday, Sept. 7. The annual event on the grounds of the student organizations building will run from noon to 4 p.m. and feature games, food, music and prizes. The picnic is open to students, faculty, staff and families.