BY BIANCA IUSO
New Social Engine, a CCM club, found out which student could eat the most hot wings Thursday, Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. in the student center lounge. NSE is a club that hosts events, like wing-eating contests, to creating fun social options for students.
“The goal of New Social Engine is to be able to show college students and others that you are able to have fun without the use of drugs or alcohol,” said Jeremy Forrester, President of NSE.
The wing-eating competition was open to CCM students with no registration fee. The 700 hot boneless wings were provided by Rockaway’s Buffalo Wild Wings.
There was no deadline to register for the competition, so students could enter all the way up until the start. Students who were not interested in participating were welcome to look on as the 16 contestants indulged. Annelies Oggier, won the competition by eating 15 wings. “I was ecstatic that I won,” Oggier stated. “It came as a surprise actually. I felt very accomplished.” She received a $25 gift card to Buffalo Wild Wings. Oggier had never been to an NSE event before the wing eating contest but said “I love the family and fun that this club has to offer. Everyone seems like family.”
In the past, the club members have visited: movie theaters, Six Flags Great Adventure, Applebee’s and Buffalo Wild Wings. Their list of planned events for this semester continues to grow. NSE is planning a bowling night, a night at Funplex and movie premieres such as “Captain America,” “Winter Soldier” and “The Amazing Spiderman 2,” according to Forrester.
NSE meets every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. on the second floor of the student center, SCC 228. These meetings usually last an hour. They consist of planning new events for the students of CCM and other schools. NSE is interactive with the nearby colleges: Fairleigh Dickinson University and Drew University.
The club leaders are Jeremy Forrester, as President, Ryan Chmura, secretary and Gabby Borrero, treasurer. The club often uses Facebook to communicate and coordinate schedules to get together. You can visit their page at http://www.facebook.com/groups/ nseccm.
“I just want to say how awesome it is that the group has grown, continued to thrive and do cool things,” said Will Birdwell, the original founder of NSE at CCM.
Birdwell, created the group in the spring semester of 2010 with help from his Vice President, Aly Ahmed, and Dan Manton as Secretary. “We also had an outside liaison from the nonprofit Morris County-Prevention is key, which was Dave Bratton,” Birdwell said.
During the beginning stages of the club, there was no faculty involvement and it was strictly students meeting together for a cause they all felt strongly about. Birdwell is so proud of the students at CCM who dedicated themselves to the group and helped it grow. “It was an honor to be part of something so unique and engaging at CCM and hopefully [we] have made an impact in opening students’ eyes to the fact that they can enjoy life free of substance abuse.”