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LSUS Week of Welcome a BLAST of fun

August 28, 2015

This week was filled to the maximum with events for students to meet freshmen, make new friends, socialize, eat free food, and take breaks from school.

The first event to kick off the fall 2015 semester included a Donut Patrol where students were able to meet the LSUS Police and eat free donuts for breakfast. Later that morning at Common Hour, approximately 150 students enjoyed free pizza from the Student Activities Board in the UC.

During the afternoon on the next day, Tuesday, the SAB hosted a Blowout Bingo event where winners won $50 gift cards. However, Wednesday was probably one of the biggest events as the Week of Welcome Fair in the UC Mall provided students with free food, music, giveaways, and fun with fellow classmates. Lined up along both sides of the Mall were various student organizations from campus, expressing interest and excitement to students about their purposes and events, while handing out free pens, candy, and popcorn.

Music for the Fair was provided by the band, Shayliff, a tent with chairs and tables near their stage was used for an audience. Free gourmet hot dogs were provided by The Missing Link food truck by the Mall Flagpole. Students ordered macaroni and cheese dogs, chili cheese dogs, or just plain hot dogs with the addition of various condiments. Moreover, a photo booth was available for students wishing to scrapbook their fun that day. Props like huge sunglasses, feather boas, a king's hat, and wigs were used by some students to make their photos silly.

Next, Thursday marked a very exciting day as students and faculty participated in the Color Run around campus. LSUS students received free, white T-shirts so the red, blue, yellow, and purple paints colored their clothes, hair, and faces. To spice things up a bit, Chancellor Clark issued a challenge. For each student that beat him in the race, he donated $5 to the charity of Phi Mu's choice. In the end, 13 students passed him at the finish line! The event was immediately followed by food and fun at the University Court Apartments where students enjoyed free Chick-Fil-A sandwiches.

To wrap-up the fun, the Sophie's Italian Ice truck came to campus on Friday to give students a free sweet treat. Flavors included green apple, peach, blue raspberry, pina colada, cherry, and orange crème.

Overall, the Week of Welcome was a success and was well-liked by students as those returning were welcomed back to campus and as the freshmen became familiar with the campus and enjoyed a taste of the college life for the first time.


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