By Jamie Sapp | Editor-in-Chief
To start a new academic year and celebrate diversity, the CREW hosted Augusta University’s Unity Festival for students at the Oak Hall courtyard at 7 p.m. on Aug. 25.
Students from the Summerville and Health Sciences campuses – along with diverse organizations – gathered together at Oak Hall for lively entertainment, food with refreshments, bounce houses, and information booths. Some of the organizations at the festival include the INITIATIVE, Augusta University Study Abroad Office, Augusta University Gospel Choir, Confucius Institute, and the Black Student Union (BSU).
Oak Hall is the undergraduate residence on the Health Sciences campus, along with the graduate residence Elm Hall. The festival occurred shortly after the ribbon-cutting of both halls on Aug. 24, according to jagwire.augusta.edu.
Junior communication major and resident assistant Brikkel Rucker, who attended the ribbon-cutting event, said college is a new experience for students living at Oak Hall.
“College is new,” she said. “It’s so different. …It’s not too much. It’s not rowdy.”
Program Coordinator for Student Involvement Paul Bradley Jr. is one of the advisers for the CREW. He said he believed that the Unity Festival went well and happened in perfect timing shortly after the ribbon-cutting event.
“When we were going through a plan, we wanted to find an event that would bring highlight to the diversity that we do have here,” he said. “I know that we are getting to start a new semester with some traditional freshmen. It’s good to let them know that they’re going to walk in here as well as allowing them to provide some sort of challenge (for) themselves.”
For many students living at Oak Hall, program coordinator Paul Bradley Jr. said they will experience new things or a new life before attending AU – from having a messy roommate to having roommate conflicts and even attending to their first study abroad trip.
“Many of those things can happen for many of our students,” he said. “Bringing those entities here was a good way to highlight it.”
Even though he believed that more students should have attended the event, Paul Bradley Jr. said he thinks that many of the students that attended the festival saw some diversity-related organizations and departments.
The festival was one of the various events included in the Week of Welcome (WOW) series for the fall semester.
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