By Julian Guilarte
William Paterson University’s spring semester will kick off on Jan. 18 with a day
of student service and a basketball doubleheader.
Students will volunteer for projects at public schools as part of the nationwide Martin Luther King Day of Service, while the men’s and women’s basketball teams tip
off against Ramapo College in Mahwah.
Last year, more than two dozen students painted educational murals in the hallways at the Rafael Cordero Elementary School in Jersey City.
“The students truly enjoyed their time giving back through this activity,” Maribel Rodriquez, the assistant director of campus activities and student leadership, said in a press release on the university website.
This year, three groups of students will take on three community service missions between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Students can sign up to volunteer by contacting Campus Activities.
During the day of service last year, Tristan Tosh, assistant director of campus activities and student leadership, joined four William Paterson students and more than 150 volunteers at the Camden Street School in Newark to educate students and families on fire safety and emergency protocols. The university teamed on the initiative with the American Red Cross and a Christian organization named Hope
“Our students from William Paterson University were trained on how to recognize fire hazards, how to create a family emergency plan, and how to evacuate during a real emergency,” Tosh said in the press release.“We trained families and children on these issues and helped them create a family emergency plan in case they ever need one. We all had a great time and were asked to think about participating in future Red Cross service initiatives.”
Also on Jan. 18, the men’s and women’s basketball teams will both play Ramapo. The women’s team, led by Gabby Harris (13 points per game), will play at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men, led by Zack Frisk (13.5 points per game), at 7:30 p.m. The women’s basketball team will play its first home game of the spring semester at the Rec Center versus Rowan University at 1 p.m. Jan. 21, followed by the men at 3 p.m. Both teams will travel for games at New Jersey City University on Jan. 25 and
Stockton University on Jan. 28.