Fairleigh Dickinson Celebrates SUB 50th Anniversary

By Elizabeth Scalzo
Entertainment Editor

Fairleigh Dickinson University celebrated the 50-year anniversary of the Student Union Building (SUB) on Thursday Oct. 10, 2019.

The Office of Student Life invited students, faculty, and alumni together to celebrate the SUB not only as a building, but as a program that has brought students together since it was created 50 years ago. 

The two hour celebration included refreshments, classical music played by a string group, official remarks from several notable people including President Christopher Capuano, the burial of a time capsule that is to be dug up in the year 2042, and lastly the opportunity for everyone in attendance to help bury the time capsule for good luck in the future.

The time capsule had a number of contents which can be found on the website, but it also included a letter to future students explaining where the student union now is as a program. The letter also invited the future student’s to learn the history of the program to not repeat past mistakes and to help the campus thrive.

As stated by many of those who gave official remarks at the ceremony, the SUB is seen as the living room of the campus and for good reason. There are events held by student organizations almost everyday of the semester. The SUB gives students a place to feel at home and continues to inspire community in its walls.  As Capuano stated “No tradition is as great as the tradition of community that has been forged in this building.” 

Many alumni now are also are employed by FDU and The Equinox had the chance to speak to a few of them. The first being Donna Ganley who was in the class of 2009 and graduated with a degree in administrative science. She currently works for the administrate science graduate program which is a part of Pertrocelli College. As far as what changes had been made, Ganley said, “The new bridge was a really nice improvement and there are a lot more activities on campus.”

Another alumni Jasmine Sahni graduated in 2010 and currently works for the online program for Petrocelli College. The changes on campus that Sahni saw were different than Ganely.

“Academically, there have been changes with more programs in the sciences such as robotics. This year I also noticed a lot of events on campus that even staff are invited to, which is nice for us to have the opportunity to attend,” Sani said.

Overall, the celebration brought a lot of different people together and if that doesn’t exemplify the SUB as a program then nothing ever will.


IMG_2084The time capsule that was buried, which included Q & A sessions with the 2019 Equinox staff and a Fall 2019 event postcards, on Oct. 10, 2019.

Photo by Kenneth Ramirez Castro



IMG_2188From left to right: SGA President Maame Mensah, alumni Jim Nickelsporn, President Christopher Capuano, and Knightro.

Photo by Kenneth Ramirez Castro