First Year Voices: Physics Major, Beanie Baby Enthusiast Emily Ward

Emily poses in front of the Prof statue with a few of her Beanie Babies.

Today we feature Emily Ward, a first year Physics major with a minor in Astronomy from Mullica Hill, NJ (Gloucester County). Emily runs an Instagram account called @ProfBeanieBabies along with managing a heavy school load. Emily shares how she balances it all. 

What inspired you to join your major? 

When I was around 10 or 11, I watched the reboot of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. I talked about it with my dad during the car ride to school and telling him all about this cool show I was watching. He told me, “Well, that’s what astrophysicists do for a living!” It was in this moment where I realized that I realized that that’s what I want to do for a living. 

What’s something interesting that you learned in a class you’ve taken this semester? 

I’ve learned a lot of cool things in my literature class about time. The class is called Science and Literature: Modern Times with Dr. Hyde. We talk a lot about how time is a social construct and discuss literature that centers around that thought. I’ve learned a lot of really cool things in this class, so much that I can’t pinpoint just one. 

What’s your typical day like on campus?

I wake up around 8 or 9 in the morning. I normally go to the student center for breakfast because I love Pete’s Bagels coffee. I chill in the Pit for a while, playing web games or doing homework. I have classes everyday at 11 so that’s where I’d typically head to next. After class on Mondays and Wednesdays, I go hang out with my best friend from high school named Andrew. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I usually head back to the Student Center and hang out there. 

The Beanie Babies rested atop of the owl
The Beanie Babies steal the show!

You run a Beanie Baby account that has become quite popular around campus! How did you come up with the idea? 

Senior year of high school, my friend, Olivia, and I had an AP Calculus test the first week back in school and Olivia was really nervous. A few weeks back, I found a Beanie Baby snail while thrifting, and I know that Olivia loves snails. So I thought, “Hey, why not bring in the Beanie Baby snail for her?” So I brought in the Beanie Baby for her to have during the day and she really liked that. From then on, I kept bringing in Beanie Babies to school to make me and my friends smile. Eventually, our whole friend group started buying them. 

Where do you get them from?

I found this antique store in Pitman that gets shipments and sells them. I started going there so often to buy them that the owner now knows who I am and texts me whenever they’re about to get a shipment. My friends and I shop there all the time now. My friend, Emily, bought her first beanie baby, Weenie, there. I’m definitely the trendsetter of the group. 

And who are your Beanie Babies? 

My Beanie Babies are named Batty, Pounce, Magic and Cassie!

What’s one club, organization, or group of friends that’s helped you feel like Rowan is home?

PRISM has really helped me feel at home. I remember going to the first meeting and they were talking about their policies against discrimination and it included sexual orientation in the policy. I went to a Catholic school and we didn’t have any policies against discrimination of sexual orientation. My friend, Abby, and I ran a secret club at the school like PRISM. We had to keep it a secret or else the school feared that parents would pull their kids out or that donors would stop giving donations. They made us call it a Cultural Diversity Club so people didn’t know what it was actually about. While I loved my old school and how supportive many of the teachers were of our club, it’s sad that our administration couldn’t fully support us in fear of losing money.

Emily smiling near the Science Building
Emily looking beautiful!

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Bianca Gray, recent English graduate

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Nick Flagg, senior theatre and advertising major 

Valentine’s Day Activities on Rowan’s Campus

Pretty flowers around science building

Let’s celebrate this year’s Valentine’s Day by attending some Rowan activities. Down the list are few fun things you can do on Rowan’s campus — it’s worth a shot on a lovely day. 

Valentine’s Candy Grams and Bake Sale: Nothing sweeter than candy and treats, right? The Students Save organization is holding a Valentine’s Day bake sale Feb. 14 in the Science Hall atrium. They’re selling homemade goodies, and you can send adorable notes to your loved ones. It gets even better: the funds go towards the Saving Mothers organization. Not only will you get treats, you will also get to support a great service. 

External shot of Science Hall.
Grab a baked good at Science Hall this Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day for Me: Nexus Apartments is providing a fun valentine activity for its residents on Valentine’s Day. You get the chance to create a positive self-reflection collage from old magazines. Specifically, you get to make a gift for yourself. How exciting is that?

External shot of 230 Victoria Street, Nexus Apartments
Gift yourself at 230 Victoria Street.

Rowan Moves: Every Monday, Campus Recreation promotes a movement challenge like jogging, biking, swimming etc. For each completed movement, you win a cool prize. Get active this Valentine’s Day by joining Rowan Moves. Simply RSVP on ProfLink, download the Strava app, join Rowan Campus Rec, then wait for some challenges to be sent to you. 

External shot of the Student Recreation Center building with public art in the foreground.
Join the Campus Rec movement challenge.

Yoga Flow: What about some breathing and stretches? The Campus Recreation Center never fails to engage us with some motions. Yoga lessons are free for students, and you’re welcome to drop in. Disclaimer: spots run out quickly, it’s better to pre-register on the Campus Recreation Center site. Don’t forget your mask!

A fitness class in the Rec Center.
Check out a Yoga Flow class at the Rec Center (spaces are limited).

There’s much more to do on campus for Valentine’s Day. You can find more events by visiting ProfLink, including volunteering work, virtual sessions and even games. 

Story by:
Nene Diallo, senior public relations major

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Ten Ways to Avoid Getting Lost on Campus

Are you new to campus? Is it your first time taking in-person classes on-campus? As any new place is, Rowan’s campus may be confusing at first. To help you out, here are 10 ways to avoid getting lost!

1. Visit the information desk

The Information Desk at the Chamberlain Student Center provides directions and other useful resources to students, parents and any other visitors on campus! The Information Desk is located on the main floor of the Student Center.

A student asks for help at the Information Desk on the main level of the Student Center.
A student asks for help at the Information Desk on the main level of the Student Center.

2. Tour campus before the semester starts

Even if you are already committed to Rowan, taking a campus tour is a great way to get to know the campus and have questions you may have answered. Rowan is currently offering guided personal and multi-family campus tours, as well as self-guided audio tours. There are also virtual opportunities to learn more about your major and campus culture!

3. Walk your class schedule

Can’t get to campus for a tour before moving in? No problem! A great idea is to walk around campus and find the buildings your classes are in before the first day of classes.

4. Check out the campus map

Already out and about and lost? Check out the campus map on your phone! 

Prof statue.
Prof statue

5. Look for landmarks

Try to associate certain landmarks on campus with certain buildings. For example, when I see the Prof statue, I know I am next to Robinson Hall, and Science Hall and Savitz Hall are across the path.

Science Hall.
The sign denotes that this building is Science Hall.

6. Read the signs around campus

There are signs in front of buildings telling you their names, as well as signs around campus pointing you in the direction of other buildings. Find one of these signs to figure out where you are. 

Two girls pose in front of a sign that gives directions.
Two students pose in front of a directional sign on campus.

7. Ask an RA for directions

If you live on campus, you will most likely get your RA’s contact information during your floor meeting. If you need directions, your RA is there to ask for help!

An RA stands next to her door.
An RA stands next to her door. Most RA’s doors have multiple name tags like this.

8. Stop into Admissions at Savitz Hall

There are Admissions Ambassadors that work the front desk for Admissions. The Ambassadors give tours of Rowan. They know where most buildings are, so they can give you directions.

A friendly face at Admissions gives someone a pamphlet.
A friendly face at Admissions can give you directions if you need help.

9. Find a PROS member

PROS (Peer Referral and Orientation Staff) are the staff members in the yellow polos that you see at Orientation and during Welcome Week. They don’t wear yellow polos during the school year, but they do wear big braids on their bags to identify themselves. PROS members are trained on how to answer questions from new students and families, including where buildings are located! If you see a PROS member with a braid on their bag, you can ask them any questions you may have. 

A PROS member leads her orientation group.
A PROS member leads her orientation group. The brown, yellow and green braid on her bag shows she is a PROS member.

10. Stop in the Welcome Center on Rowan Boulevard

The Welcome Center is located at the end of Rowan Boulevard. Staff members know the layout of campus. If you are lost on that end of campus, popping in there and asking for directions can be helpful!

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Rachel Rumsby, junior communication studies and public relations double major

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Freshmen, Don’t Freak! It’s Easy to Eat

Luckily, there’s an endless amount of food options on campus, so eating all three meals a day is never an issue. Figuring out where to go can definitely be overwhelming, so freshmen, have no fear, your meal guide is here. 

Location: Chamberlain Student Center
The Market Place: Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. | Friday 7 a.m to 8 p.m.

The GrubHub app must be downloaded to eat from all locations on-campus, The Market Place, Prof’s Place, Einstein Bagel Bros, Au Bon Pain, We Proudly Brew Starbucks & Holly Pointe Dine In or To Go. Just download this app, set up your Rowan Card (and your bank card if you aren’t ordering off your meal plan) and order your food. You will get an estimated waiting time for your meal followed by a notification when your food is ready.

Student browsing pastries at Market Mullica Hill at Rowan University.

The Market Place food options include:

BRKFST & Co. – all day breakfast

Freshens – Smoothies, wraps & more

Crust – Pizza, handhelds & pasta

Bowl Life – Allergy friendly foods

Sono – Latin foods

Smoked – Meats & all the fixing

Chef Jet – Asian cuisine

Pop Up – Always something new! Varies from Mediterranean cuisines to vegetarian-friendly foods

Peet’s Coffee and Tea (serves breakfast sandwich combo meals, available on meal exchange, coffee and pastries): Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.| Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Photo of Peet's Coffee in Rowan University's Student Center.

The Owl’s Nest (an à la carte dining restaurant, open to students, with the essential 3 S’s: soups, salads and sandwiches): Monday – Friday 11 a.m to 2 p.m. 

During Student Center construction beginning in summer 2022, these next businesses have moved from the lower level to The Market Place. 

ROGO (basically our Rowan Wawa): Monday – Friday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. | Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Prof’s Place (Grill Nation and Jersey Mike’s): Seven days a week, 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Sushi Do: Mon-Thurs. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Photo of Jersey Mike's Subs in the Student Center at Rowan University.

Location: Holly Pointe Commons
Holly Pointe Dine In (or To Go): Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Friday 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Saturday 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Photo of pizza from Holly Cafeteria at Rowan University.

We Proudly Serve (located in Holly Pointe): 9am-9pm

Location: Engineering Hall
Einstein Bros Bagels (located on the first floor, facing Rowan Hall): Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Photo of Enstein Bros. Bagel in Rowan University's Engineering Building.

Location: Science Hall
Au Bon Pain Express (healthy choices, comfort food and sweet treats): Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Robinson and James Hall
Owl’s Express Cafe, great for a quick snack grab: Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Owl’s Express in Robinson Hall has been temporarily closed. Owl’s Express in James Hall will remain open.

Location: Business Hall
Saxbys Coffee, located on the first floor, serves up all-day breakfast, teas, smoothies and signature drinks.

See our video on this student-run business here:

Location: Rowan Boulevard 

Chickie’s & Pete’s

Playa Bowls

LaScala’s Fire

Student's enjoying Cookie Munchers on Rowan Blvd.
Students enjoying Cookie Munchers on Rowan Blvd.

Pizza Hut



Cookie Munchers

Rowan Barnes & Noble 

Mexican Mariachi Grill

Alumni Grill


Ry’s @ Rowan

Oishii Ramen

Dawn to Dusk Cafe

Location: In Glassboro

Angelo’s Diner, Peter & Sons Sandwiches, Gino’s Pizzeria, Italian Affair Restaurant, Jimmy John’s, Landmark Americana, Monarch Diner, Nick’s Pizzeria & Steakhouse, Peking Buffet, Samurai Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, Saladworks, Smashburger, Tokyo Mandarin, Little Sicily Pizza, Thai Thai, Tomo Sushi Japanese Restaurant, Steve’s Grilled Cheese and Quesadilla Co. — to name a few!

Meal Plans:

First-year students can purchase an All Access Meal Plan, or a 14 Weekly Meal Plan. An All Access Meal Plan provides you with access to each meal period at any of our on campus dining locations, while a 14 Weekly Meal Plan provides you with two meal swipes a day. Glassworks Eatery at Holly Pointe Commons is the campus All You Care to Eat dining location. Download the Dine on Campus app and “know before you go” to see daily menus and nutritional information. Looking for traditional retail options where you can use your meal plan? Select from a variety of Meal Exchange options at locations all across campus including the Market Place, Profs Place, James Hall, Sushi Do, and more. A meal exchange allows you to get a full meal for no additional cost at another dining location. Meal exchanges are considered “meal swipes,” so you won’t be able to use it again until the start of another meal period.



Breakfast Period #1

7 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Mid-Morning Period #2

9:30 a.m.- 11 a.m.

Lunch Period #3

11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Mid Afternoon Period #4

2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Dinner Period #5

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Late Night Period #6

9 p.m. -1 a.m.

Dining Dollars vs. Rowan Bucks:

Dining Dollars are flexible spending dollars that can be used for dining purposes ONLY. They can be used at any on campus dining location and at select Rowan Blvd. food vendors. This ensures that you always have dollars for food.

Rowan Bucks can be used for anything, at any on-campus dining location and at over 80 vendors throughout the Glassboro community. I like to save my Rowan Bucks for my Walgreens trips, drive-through runs to Wendy’s or sushi from Samurai.

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Alyssa Bauer, senior public relations major

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Tatiyana sitting inside the science hall in front of planetarium

First-generation college student Tatiyana Stubbs, a sophomore Bioinformatics and Community Health double major who commutes from Millville, NJ (Cumberland County) feels most home at Science Hall studying or working on assignments in a lab.

Video by: Edris Forde, junior radio, TV & film major and Vanessa Vause, senior public relations and theatre double major
Music by: Louis Testa, sophomore music composition major

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student scientist inside science hall at Rowan

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Andrew, a Translational Biomedical Sciences major at Rowan University, outside Science Hall.

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Female student in front of biology lab scenery with thought saying "What I Wish I Knew?"

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Kathy sitting in Science Hall lobby in front of the Planetarium.

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Tsion Abay Rowan PROFspective Feature Photo

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biochemistry major stands near chemistry equipment

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biomedical engineering major Haley stands in a workshop lab

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