These Rutgers students came from different backgrounds and had their own unique campus stories to tell. Upon graduation, every student’s path will unfold, leading them to varied experiences and opportunities spanning the country and even the globe. But that day in the gym, all of these students were connected. They were all hardworking members of the Rutgers community, and the Scarlet Knight’s Call was meant to apply to every one of them.
The Scarlet Knight’s Call is a set of values meant to define and shape the culture at Rutgers University. Rutgers Cap and Skull Honors Society, in coordination with other organizations and departments at the university, came up with five core values that defined what it meant to be a Scarlet Knight: Authenticity, Inclusivity, Responsibility, Resilience, and Engagement.
Director of Major Events and Programs, Carey Loch, was one of the members of leadership who was very involved in bringing this project to light. She explained the significance of the language used in this cultural code and the way in which it relates to Rutgers students.”The language was crafted to be ‘real-time;’ it should pertain to anyone, no matter where they were at in their relationship with the university,” said Loch, “and it would also have an opportunity to show homage to what makes Rutgers University so special.”
The society consists of eighteen student leaders aligned with different organizations including HOPE, sports teams, Douglass Residential College, the Tab, etc. All members of the society work collaboratively on a service project each year to benefit an aspect of Rutgers that they believe can be improved.
Jason Gaines, Cap and Skull’s Rutgers Future Scholars representative, played a key role in designing the Scarlet Knight’s Call, developing the project, and seeing the cultural code through to its completion. According to Gaines, the Scarlet Knight’s Call was designed to improve student spirit and identification with Rutgers values. In addition, he stated that the Scarlet Knight’s Call connects the student voice with the campus’ spirit.