About 1,800 students playfully emptied packets of powdered flower petals on themselves, their friends and strangers Friday afternoon for Rutgers’ “Holi Moli,” on the Livingston campus to celebrate the Hindu tradition, Holi. Holi, also known as the “Festival of Colors” or the “Festival of Love,” is a spring celebration widely celebrated in areas of South Asia and is meant to welcome the arrival of spring and the end of winter, as well as the triumph of good over evil. MICHELLE KLEJMONT / MANAGING EDITOR

‘Holi Moli’ will bring Hindu festival of color to Rutgers

On Friday, April 14, the Rutgers Hindu Students Council (HSC) will bring a cultural color wars to the Banks as a way to celebrate Holi at Rutgers. Many people only associate the Hindu festival of colors with the excitement of throwing color powder on a sunny spring day, but there is a whole history behind the holiday that is often forgotten about. Most people do not realize that Holi occurs at the same time — at the beginning of spring — every year for a reason.


Women's Leadership Conference connects professional women with U. students

In accordance with Women’s History Month, the Rutgers Women’s Leadership Coalition (WLC) held its 6th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference last Friday, March 24, with this year’s theme being "Speak Up, Speak Out: Advocating For Yourself and Others." According to the event’s pamphlet, the WLC’s mission is to “inclusively bring graduate students together from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds and promote personal, academic and professional development.” The free, all-day conference offered empowering workshops and discussion panels that gave Rutgers women an opportunity to network for educational and professional opportunities.


Empowered women inspire DRC students

During spring break, instead of spending days on the beach or sleeping in, I was trudging through the snowbanks in a dress and high heels. And it was the best decision I’ve ever made. Last week, I hit the road with an amazing group of women from Douglass Residential College to attend a Women in Congress seminar in Washington D.C.


In cold Canada, warm up with local drinks, dishes in bar scene

Spring break can be a week-long period notorious for debauchery and wild behavior. While fellow Rutgers students were in warm, tropical places like Cancun or Florida, I bravely drove six hours north to freeze in Montreal, Canada — and I don’t regret a thing, except for my frost-bitten toes and wind-burned face. Montreal, it turns out, has a lot of options to offer a college student looking to destress from the first half of spring semester.


UK architecture sets historic, beautiful backdrop for spring trip

For my spring break it was all castles, royalty and historic architecture that framed the trip and made the backdrop of my across the pond adventure in the United Kingdom. I spent the week in Edinburgh, Scotland and London, England where I came across some of the world's oldest architecture and history.


Former Guerrilla Girls share secrets behind their masks

OnMonday night, two of the original feminist art world activists took off their masks to share with a packed auditorium the work of the Guerrilla Girls. The Guerrilla Girls is a collective that started in 1985 in New York City focused on being the “conscious of the art world,” bringing to light the injustices regarding diversity and inclusion. The women that banded together after an exhibit of contemporary artists at the Museum of Modern Art failed to show an adequate number of female artists and artists of color. Being artists themselves, they kept their identities a secret to protect their own careers and took on the names of deceased female artists (keeping their memories alive as well). Alice Neel (1900-1984) and Hannah Höch (1889-1978) graced the Zimmerli Museum last Monday.


1st annual FORM fashion show showcases fashion, styles

The Fashion Organization of Retail and Marketing (FORM) hosted its first annual Fashion Week last Monday, jam-packed with guest speakers, giveaways and a streetwear fashion show geared towards the students. An organization on campus since 2012, FORM’s mission is to offer a community for students interested in fashion and prepare fashion industry-hopefuls for a career in the field.


Body positivity takes full form with 'Pretty Big' performance

Rutgers contributed to the Body Positivity Movement by hosting a performance by the explosive dance troupe  Pretty Big Movement, who embrace inclusivity and self-acceptance. Sponsored by the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities (SJE) last Monday night at the Douglass Student Center, Pretty Big Movement performed to hip-hop and ethnic music for a crowd eager to experience first-hand their collective confidence and self-love.


HAIRitage Conference celebrates black history, culture, beauty

In light of Black History Month, Livingston Campus will be hosting its first annual HAIRitage Conference, a three-day series of workshops, presentations and attractions that will celebrate the history and culture of black and Afro-Latino hair. Modinat Sanni, the chairman of HAIRitage and residence life coordinator at Livingston Campus, came across the idea when planning the usual traditional Black History celebration for the University.

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