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O-Week kicks off with Welcoming ceremonies, while move-in gets rained out.

Sunday, September 3, 2006

  • Alastair Summerlee welcomes new students and their parents.

    Alastair Summerlee welcomes new students and their parents.

The sky threatened rain all day and occasionally delivered as returning and first year students moved in to their new home away from home Sunday at the U of G.

Gordon Street was closed and traffic on South Ring Road was bumper to bumper as kids and belongings were dropped off. Over 600 volunteers were on hand to help make the process smoother by either helping with the move or feeding the movers with a number of barbecues outside the various residences.

Once moved in, new students had a plethora of activities to welcome the new arrivals. In Rozanski Hall, University President Alastair Summerlee welcomes students and parents, promising a "fernetic week" by the end of which, everyone will be tired and nervous for classes.

Other spekers at the welcome included VP of Student Affairs Brenda Whiteside, who related a rather unfortunate story about getting the German measles in her first year, CSA Communications Commissioner Jonathan Odumru who talked about the Resource Fair and CSA services and Barry Townsend from the Centre for New Students promised that first years will be well supported and not abandoned.

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