It was a dash to the finish line for first year students as they took part in UNBSJ’s version of The Amazing Race last week during Super Tuesday.
The day started in Ganong Hall where students gathered to meet the Student’s Representative Council, received a welcome message from UNBSJ’s vice president, Robert Mackinnon and took part in a “minute to win it” activity. There were lots of prizes to be won and a good time was had by all.
Student services welcomed the new students and made them aware of the resources offered throughout the year. Students were then divvied up by faculty where they received more information regarding their program, course selection, met some professors and got a glimpse of what is in store for this year. Frosh kits were handed out that day and students received a lot of useful loot for the year. T-shirts, agendas, pens, condoms and the infamous sea wolf stress balls were all included in the kits.
At 4 p.m., it was time for the biggest event of the day: the Amazing Race. Many volunteers showed up to help set up, take down and try to keep the energy high for the frosh. A giant game of rock, paper, scissors, introduced by motivational speaker, Andy Thibodeau, kicked off the event where the winner would receive a digital camera. With their passports in hand, the frosh were impressive as they ran around campus to complete tasks in order to win the grand prize.
Although many had moments where they looked as though they were completely exhausted, they all stepped up to the plate by taking part in challenges such as hallway bowling, an obstacle course, puzzle making, a jelly bean dive, cricket eating, sex trivia and a scavenger hunt through the library.
The grand prize for the winning team was a brand new iPad and bragging rights for the year. The day ended with pizza in the cafeteria where the students got a chance to relax after an exciting day of activities. They mingled and enjoyed the company of friends, old and new.
Ashley Macosky, vice president student affairs had a major role in planning the orientation week activities. “It took an entire team to pull Super Tuesday off,” says Macosky, “it was an awesome time had by all and for anyone that wasn’t here, they really missed out!” Overall, Super Tuesday was definitely a success for both the planning team and the frosh.