Student Life Throws an 'All You Can Eat' Homecoming Buffet

During the week of activities leading up to Homecoming, there’s one thing many Montclair State University students are on the lookout for – free food.

On Wednesday, Student Life at Montclair (SLAM) hosted an event that gave away wings, pizza, soda, cotton candy and popcorn in the Student Center Ballroom. The event had a line waiting out the door a half hour before the event had even started.

With a line stretching across the entire ballroom, students were happily saving money as they gathered their free lunch. Each student was allowed to take as much pizza and wings as they could fit onto their plates then grab a smoothie, cotton candy or popcorn for dessert.

Some were even eating on line to make more room on their plate.

The line moved quickly because the people working them got into a rhythm. Everybody was all smiles as they saved $11.48, which is the price in the Student Center’s “2Mato” for wings, one piece of plain pizza and a drink.

“I like food here, but sometimes it gets expensive,” said Nicole Beyer, a freshman.

SLAM is a branch of the Student Government that’s responsible for hosting all of the on-campus events throughout the year. They’ve been working hard all week to organize talent showcases, give away free food and t-shirts, host events you won’t find anywhere else and make sure that every student is having a great time.

“We look forward to this week all year,” says Rajhon White, the Vice President of the Student Government Association (SGA). “It’s a lot of work on our part, but the results are always great.

Events this past week included a bonfire, casino night, a talent show, relay races, and glow in the dark dodgeball.

But by far everyone’s favorite part of the week?

“The free food is the best,” said Dario Charris, a junior commuter student. “I purposely don’t bring lunch this week because I know about the free food.”

Students are always feeling like they’re being ripped off when they’re in college. Everything adds up: books, travel, tuition, board and food. So when there’s an opportunity to eat for free, they will take it.

Montclair State students have always taken advantage of the free food opportunities year round because of the prices of food on campus, especially with an increase in price at some locations on campus in the past year.

“It’s ridiculous,” said Mikayla Akins. “The increase in price has made it so difficult to use my meal plan wisely.”

SLAM offers events giving away free food all year that students need to take advantage of.

At Homecoming Day on Saturday, the Student Showcase will take place, followed by a carnival that will be giving away . . . you guessed it . . . food, leading up to the big game.
Happy eating, Red Hawks.


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Nina Baratti

Biography: Hi! I'm Nina. I'm a current senior Broadcasting major/Journalism minor set to graduate early. For the past two summers, I've interned at Fox 29 in Philadelphia where I had an amazing experience. From my internship, I have a unique newsroom understanding of hard news, script writing, ELC plugin directing, on camera practice and assignment desk practice. At Montclair State, I am a tour guide and a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority. My favorite color is purple, my hair is very curly and I love peanut butter.