BY ERIC CHOI
Despite a debilitating week of snowstorms that battered the East Coast, Rockaway Lanes Bowling Alley saw an active night Saturday, Feb. 22. The unexpected liveliness was thanks to the County College of Morris student organization New Social Engine, which sponsored a free bowling night for CCM students called “Rock ‘n’ Bowl.”
Jeremy Forrester, president of NSE, explained that “Rock ‘n’ Bowl” has been held for a “couple semesters so far, and people came out every time.”
Although there has been varied participation thus far, Forrester’s hope for a big crowd was met with a total attendance of 85 students and guests making this event a complete success.
The name “Rock ‘n’ Bowl” supposedly stems from the atmosphere of the alley during the night, with rock music blaring from the speakers, along with lasers and nightclub-themed black lights.
Helping to overcome the challenge of hosting such events, Rockaway Lanes has been offering reasonable prices to continue this tradition.
Technical details aside, as fellow NSE member and attendee Omar Santos described, “The point of NSE is to show college students they can have fun without succumbing to drugs or alcohol.”
This cause is not limited to CCM. NSE also collaborates on a regional level with Drew University and Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Among the full house of attendees, a certain uniformed guest struck attention. Kevin Weinberg, Montclair State University sophomore, said his CCM friends invited him.
Although he admitted to being a terrible first time bowler, he remarked “It’s not about scores, but about being with friends and that’s all you could ask for.”
NSE plans to host its next event, Free Funplex Night, from 10 p.m. to midnight March 27 at the Funplex Amusement Center in East Hanover.