New students learn ropes during orientation events

by Amber Neri
Staff Writer

“Always a Leo, Always ULV,” was the theme for this year’s New Student Orientation, a traditional event that has taken place for over 20 years.

A total of 181 students attended last weekend’s orientation festivities and camp. This year’s is the second largest incoming class in the history of the university.

New student Roseann Boyd had only positive things to say about her first weekend as a ULV student. “Orientation was awesome. It was really great getting to know everyone and the experience showed me that ULV encourages all students to get involved.”

Lasting through the entire Labor Day Weekend, incoming freshmen and their parents were registered by Orientation Weekend Leaders, or O.W.L.s at the rock in front of Founder’s Hall. This marked the beginning of orientation to the University of La Verne.

Parents and new students participated in sessions on getting involved with and being informed about ULV. There was a picnic lunch and President Steve Morgan introduced parents and students to University life, faculty and other University officials.

A welcoming Mass and Dinner took place outside of the Chapel. Dinner was also served in Davenport Dining Hall with an Italian Buffet enjoyed by many.

Freshman participated in a program called Playfair on Saturday night in the Student Center Gym. It was a very large “icebreaker” which worked successfully at making it easier for new students to get to know one another.

President Morgan said that New Student Orientation is a “very important and traditional event for our Uni­ver­sity, because there is a lot of crucial net­working that goes on the entire weekend that is essential for new students.”

While there, professors and students had the chance to discuss majors and departmental prerequisites in a small group setting. Students returned to campus and gathered in Dailey Theater for the conclusion of their orientation weekend, the People to People Program.

Students were presented with a total of five different controversial college/life issues performed by the O.W.L.s in believable vignettes. Topics ranged from date rape and homophobia, to substance abuse and racism.

All new students departed Sunday morning for Pilgrim Pines camp above Oak Glen for an overnight retreat.

Wendy Higgins, sophomore and Orientation Weekend Leader said, “I think it is a very important program that gives students a chance to become socially involved in school, and it puts them in a comfortable situation for them to meet the friends that they will probably have throughout their college career.”

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