Activities geared toward new students prepare them for a social and studious life away from home
By Linsey Garrison
Nervous and excited freshmen began pouring into campus at 9 a.m. last Friday morning to move in and begin orientation.
As the newest members of the Eastern community, orientation is an important step for freshmen to learn their way around campus and discover different resources.
Freshmen can earn an optional class credit by attending the 12 required events in the days before school starts and registering online by Sept. 21.
Convocation, a long running Eastern tradition, took place Saturday Sept. 17 to honor incoming students and help them mark their entrance to the Eastern community. Families were also present at the hour-long event that introduced students to some of EWU’s history and traditions.
New students took the customary “Pass Through the Pillars” at Showalter Hall Monday Sept. 19. The event has taken place every year since 1915 as a welcome for incoming freshmen. Eastern staff and alumni lined the pathway to cheer on students as they made their way through the traditional entry point to campus.
Chelsea Dewitte looked forward to taking a stroll through the pillars after she moved in Friday morning.
“I’m pretty excited [to live in the dorms],” said Dewitte, “ I’m going to find out where all my classes are and set up my room.”
“I have always liked Eastern ever since my sophomore year in high school. I looked on the website and found programs I was interested in. Communication disorders, specifically,” said Dewitte. “Everyone here is really friendly.”
“I’m doing orientation for credit,” Jessie Robert said. “I really like Eastern so far, especially the people in the bright red and orange shirts; they helped move us all in. We came back downstairs after we were done and they were waiting to help us still!”
“I’m most excited for Rec-splosion,” said Robert. “I’m really into athletics.”
Sunday evening’s Rec-splosion introduced new students to various physical activities available around campus, including ice-skating, laser tag, broomball and rock climbing. There was also a hotdog eating contest, a mechanical bull and a DJ playing some background music for the whole event.
“I heard something about a dance, I think I am looking forward to that the most,” said freshman Jessica Nyles.
This year’s Welcome Back NEON Dance Party was put on by Eagle Entertainment and took place Monday Sept. 19 in the PUB MPR. It featured plenty of white t-shirts, highlighters, glow-in-the-dark accessories, as well as a DJ and prizes.
“I plan on going to orientation activities, going around and seeing what’s on campus, and meeting new people,” said Nyles. “Moving in was ok. I’m glad I have my parents, though, since I haven’t been able to meet my roommate yet.”
Orientation events will continue after classes begin with a comedy night featuring Johnny Cardinale at 7p.m. Thursday Sept. 22 in the PUB and the Neighborhood Festival in the Campus Mall on Friday Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A new freshmen tradition will also be taking place on Saturday Sept. 24 at 3:30 p.m. with “Run the Red.” Students are asked to wear tennis shoes and meet at Roos Field to lead EWU’s champion football team onto the Inferno. The first home game will follow at 4:05 p.m. against Montana State.