Dance music courtesy of DJ Mickey P reverberated through the ballroom of the Campus Center last Wednesday, as members of NJIT’s Inter Fraternity/Sorority Council (IFSC) hosted a luau where new students mingled with over 20 of the Greek organizations affiliated with the university.
“We’re all in a great mood,” said Tony Randazzo, president of IFSC. The mechanical engineering major was all smiles, despite having to move the event inside due to rainy weather. “It’s still nice; everybody’s here. All of the food vendors came through, and the puppies are out. I hope we can continue this tradition for years to come.”
While rocking a lei, petting puppies and noshing on free Hawaiian treats from Newark eatery Ono Grinds Poké is reason enough to attend the luau, the purpose of the party is to give the Multicultural Greek Council, College Panhellenic Council and IFSC members a chance to expose first-year students to Greek life at NJIT.
“We don’t follow the conventions of the big schools,” said Randazzo, a member of Tau Delta Phi. “We’re a small school. We like to have fun. But we always keep it calm and relaxed — and we make sure that no one is ever hazed or feels discriminated against in any way.”
Fios 1 was also on hand to cover the fete, which was one of many to kick off the new school year.
Randazzo said frat life at NJIT has helped him to become a more mature person.
“I’ve had great experiences with my brothers and they’ve taught me how to grow. And I recommend that everyone join Greek life so that they can do the same.”