Hear us roar

- August 31, 2010

marianas trench
Vancouver's Marianas Trench plays the Big Ticket Concert during orientation week.

As students, staff and faculty prepare for the Dalhousie campus to come back to life for another school year, the Dalhousie Student Union is putting the final touches on the annual tradition known as Orientation Week.

This year’s welcome for first years is being dubbed "Roarientation" and is an opportunity for new students, both in residence and living off campus, to come together and build some school spirit.

Students will be split into teams based on their residence houses, and off-campus students will also be grouped together. Teams will take part in a series of fun activities all week that will give students the opportunity to mingle, meet new people and make some great memories.

The schedule for the week is jam-packed, and features old favourites as well as a few new additions. Sex with Sue, hypnotist Tony Lee, and the Big Ticket Concert are returning, along with the annual cystic fibrosis fundraiser Shinerama.

The Dalhousie Student Union is also encouraging students of all ages – new or returning - to get involved in Shinerama this year. They are hoping that they will be able to reach the one million dollar mark – a first ever for Dalhousie.

New events include a guided bus tour of Halifax, and a Guinness World Record attempt, which will take place on Wednesday, September 8th at noon. The exact record being broken is being kept under wraps, but DSU VP of Student Life Hannah Dahn promises it will be exciting – and encourages everyone to show up to take part.

All new students, whether they are living on campus or not, are encouraged to register for Orientation Week. “It’s by far the best way to meet people right off the bat,” explains Ms. Dahn. With Dalhousie being such a huge campus, she says, it’s sometimes hard to meet people in large first-year classes.

All orientation events are dry, but lead up to DalFest on Thursday which will feature a concert by Matt Mays, as well as a beer gardens, food, rides, and fireworks at the end of the night. This event is open to students of all ages and is completely free.

Registration for Orientation Week is $115 including tax, and includes entrance to all Orientation week events as well as a Frosh pack full of DalGear and coupons. Online registration closes on Thursday, September 2, but participants may also register on the day of.  An online registration form, a complete schedule, and more specific details such as meeting points and things to bring can be found on the Dalhousie Student Union Orientation website: www.orientation.dsu.ca.

Orientation 2010 highlights

Sunday, Sept. 5
7 – 8 p.m. - Induction Ceremony
The opposite of convocation, the university will welcome first years in a special induction ceremony to be held at the Rebecca Cohn auditorium. Tom Traves, the President of Dalhousie University, will be in attendance.

9 p.m. – 12 midnight - Black and Gold Night
The McInnis Room on the second floor of the SUB will be transformed into a big dance party, with Z103 providing the music. Wear black and gold and get ready for your first big party at Dal!

Monday, Sept 6
10 - 11 a.m. - The Cheer Off
A perennial favourite, the Cheer Off pits team against team as groups compete to have the most school spirit.

2 - 5 p.m. - Dive In Movie
Orientation participants are invited to hang out in the DalPlex pool as Finding Nemo plays on a giant screen.

2 - 5 p.m. - Guided Bus Tour of Halifax
If you are new to Halifax, take this opportunity to hop on the Dal bus and have a tour guide whisk you around the downtown to see some of the city’s best sights.

7 - 9 p.m. - Sex with Sue
Sex expert Sue Johanson returns to the Dalhousie campus to answer your questions about sex. This is one of Orientation Week’s most popular events, and definitely shouldn’t be missed!

Tuesday, Sept. 7

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. - Shinerama
The DSU is encouraging students of all ages to get involved in Shinerama, and to help make this the first year that Dalhousie raises a million dollars in one year. Groups will be heading out all over Halifax to raise money in support of the fight against cystic fibrosis.

7 - 9 p.m. - Tony Lee, Hypnotist
A favourite from last year, Lee’s performances are hilarious and interactive, and sure to make memories that will last long into the school year.
Wednesday, Sept. 8th

Wednesday, Sept. 8

12 noon to 1 p.m. - Guinness World Record attempt
Meet on Wickwire field at noon for an opportunity to get involved in a Guinness World Record attempt – to be revealed the day of!

6:30 - 10 p.m. Big Ticket Concert
This year’s Big Ticket Concert will feature Marianas Trench. Anyone registered for Orientation Week will receive free access, but students may also buy a ticket separately.


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