Long Island University’s Blackbirds Crown King and Queen
Talented multitaskers — a Pharmacy major whose hobby is Bollywood-style dancing and a track star studying education—earn top spots on Brooklyn Campus’ homecoming court
Alka Gupta,Assistant Director of Public Relations
Long Island University
Brooklyn, N.Y. – Polish up your bowing and curtseying skills, ladies and gentlemen. There’s new royalty in town – in downtown Brooklyn, that is.
Maurin Huq and Adham Conaway were crowned Queen and King of the Blackbirds at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus at a pageant on Nov. 4 to celebrate the start of the LIU Blackbirds’ basketball season. The Campus is located at the corner of DeKalb and Flatbush avenues in downtown Brooklyn.
Huq, 24, of Bayport, N.Y., is a pharmacy major at the Campus’ Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She participated in the competition, she said, “because there has not been a lot of interaction on the part of pharmacy students and the rest of the Campus, and we are trying to bridge the gap.”
Conaway, 21, of New Haven, Conn., joined the pageant as a lark. “My intention was just to have fun,” said Conaway, an education major and a member of the Campus’ track team.
The Campus’ Student Government Association and the Office of Student Life and Leadership Development sponsored the Homecoming, which featured five elements, including talent, formal wear, swimwear and a question-and-answer session. The newly crowned pair will be awarded Apple Macbooks and will appear at several SGA events throughout the year.
Of Bangladeshi heritage, the new Queen wore a sari at the contest and performed a modern Bengali freestyle dance for the talent part of the competition.
“It was so much fun,” declared Huq, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from Stony Brook University. “I want to participate in as many Campus activities as I can before I graduate.”
For the talent portion, King Conaway brought along his track team comrades as back up in an ebullient song-and-dance performance. “Everyone loved it so much, I ended up winning,” he said.
The track star is an Honors student at the Campus. Following in the footsteps of his father, who has worked in the New Haven school system for 25 years, Conaway looks to become a teacher and ultimately a school administrator. “I’ve been working in summer camps since I was 12, and I love working with children,” he said. “I want to give back to the community.”
Huq too has been highly influenced by her parents’ careers. Both of her parents were pharmacists. “Pharmacy is such a respected profession,” she asserted.
In addition to her studies, she works as a pharmacy intern at a Walgreens in Medford, Long Island, teaches a class for pharmacy technicians, and helps a professor with his research. She is also vice president of the Campus club, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.
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