Orientation week offers insight into university

On Aug. 30, new students and O.W.L.s took the stage in the main lodge at Pilgrim Pines for another year. Karaoke proved, once again, to be a favorite event during New Student Orientation 2001. Freshman Wanda Groppi, sophomore O.W.L.s Roger Recupero and Dana Bosch, freshman Haley Stokes and sophomore O.W.L. Sara Kirk sing their hearts out to "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis. / photo by Lauren Wooding
On Aug. 30, new students and O.W.L.s took the stage in the main lodge at Pilgrim Pines for another year. Karaoke proved, once again, to be a favorite event during New Student Orientation 2001. Freshman Wanda Groppi, sophomore O.W.L.s Roger Recupero and Dana Bosch, freshman Haley Stokes and sophomore O.W.L. Sara Kirk sing their hearts out to “Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis. / photo by Lauren Wooding

by Jaclyn Roco
Staff Writer

The new students of the University of La Verne gathered August 28 in front of the Rock to participate in the 2001 “New Student Orientation,” an introduction to college life that lasted through Sept. 2.

This year’s orientation consisted of the usual lectures, workshops and a camping trip to Pilgrim Pines.

This year’s program also included trips to Magic Mountain and a Dodgers’ game, thanks to the efforts of Orientation Week Leaders senior Greg Hemenover and junior Jen Newman.

Hemenover said orientation is designed to “(take) away the anxiety and nervousness the new students have when assimilating into the university.”

Each event was designed with to serve a specific purpose, he said.

One such event was the photo scavenger hunt.

Newman said the scavenger hunt was a way for new students to get to know the campus.

For the hunt, students were divided into teams and were given 12 disposable cameras and clues to several locations around the campus, and then sent out to find them.

The camping trip from August 30 to 31, was designed to help students by “getting to know the faculty and the staff,” Hemenover said.

Students were invited to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere as well as the karaoke and dancing entertainment provided.

With an estimated 200 students in attendance at the camping retreat, Hemenover dubbed it a success.

Some student attendees seemed to enjoy the coordinators’ efforts on their behalf.

“I liked it a lot…how friendly and open everyone was with each other. It was something that brought us together” freshman Kevin Bellardi said.

Others, however, were not so positive.

Freshman John Dicken said he thought it would have been better if they had let the students “meet on (their) own.”

Transfer student Tony Albini agreed.

“We already know what to do,” he said. “I felt more comfortable talking to the students than the teachers anyway.”

Many students enjoyed the workshops.

New student Elissa Harp said she enjoyed attending department workshops.

“Getting to pick them gave me an idea of what I wanted to do,” she said.

Robbie Fox, a freshman who didn’t attend camp added: “I went to Values and it talked about what you care to do (in life). I liked it because I met up with three good people…business people.”

Newman and Hemenover said they appreciated the positive feedback from students and that it would influence the planning, production and overall success of future orientation weeks.

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