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Vol 39  No 2
Aug. 31, 2006


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Anywhere Starts Now!

by Pamela Gill

Orientation 2006 is right around the corner. Students attending Grenfell College for the first time have a number interesting and informative activities of which to take advantage.

There are a few activities scheduled prior to the official start of orientation (Sept. 4). On Sunday, Sept. 3, student housing will open at 10 a.m. for those students who are living on campus. A parents’ orientation will be held 1-4 p.m. in the Fine Arts atrium, and at 6:30 p.m. a welcome meeting will be held for residence students in the GCSU food court.

Students who have registered for Orientation 2006 are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 4, in the main entrance of Grenfell College’s Arts and Science Building for the official start of Anywhere Starts Now. Official orientation kits will be distributed and groups assigned. The day will continue with events such as official greetings from the college, another parents’ orientation (also in the Fine Arts atrium), The Welcome Show, Grenfell’s Photo Adventure Tour and various games. In the evening, following a free swim at the college pool, the Grenfell College Student Union will host their annual Hawaiian Luau, complete with live music.

Day Two of orientation, Tuesday, Sept. 5, allows for students to take care of various housekeeping items, such as first-year academic advising, loan pickups, fees payment, campus cards and library tours. The GCSU will hold the Backyard BBQ Bash, 12-1 p.m., which will provide an opportunity to mingle with faculty, staff and student union representatives. Kits containing extra freebies will be distributed at the barbecue. The afternoon will see students take part in a “Survival Session,” as well as another free swim. The GCSU will host a ‘70s Retro Dance in the evening, featuring D.J. Dain.

Wednesday, Sept. 6, is the first day of classes at Grenfell College. After class, students are invited to take part in a tour of the city, which will point out various spots that will be important throughout the year - banks, grocery stores, etc. A video game tournament will be held after classes on Thursday, Sept. 7. The evening of Friday, Sept. 8, will see students participate in Rock and Bowl: Glow in the Dark Bowling at the Centre Bowl. And on Saturday, Sept. 9, residence students will meet at the main entrance of the Arts and Science Building and then go on a boat tour of the Bay of Islands.

By participating in orientation events, students will accumulate “barter bucks” which can be exchanged for orientation-related items such as water bottles, travel mugs and laundry bags.

While some of these activities may be subject to change, students will receive a complete and up-to-date schedule when they arrive for orientation. For more information, visit www.swgc.mun.ca/orientation.

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