Welcome Week 1

Welcome Week is a useful event for new students to become familiar with the campus and fellow Redbirds in a fun setting

From Wednesday through Sunday, Welcome Week, one of Illinois State University's most popular events, was in full swing.

Welcome Week is held right before school to welcome new students to ISU, giving helpful information to new students starting out the school year. The schedule is as follows.

The start of Welcome Week signaled the start of many students' new lives with move-in day. Afterward, a computer clinic was held for resident hall students. This helped students having trouble with connecting computers and any other technological problems they might encounter.

The Backyard Bash occurred at 1 p.m. Thursday. The day was designed for chilling on the quad with music and mini golf. There were also classroom tours in the afternoon, as well as information on joining frats and sororities.

The night concluded with a "Black Panther viewing on the Quad. Senior graphic design major Tamara Smith explains the significance of the film to her. 

"It was really exciting and inspiring to see mostly an all-black cast and strong women characters. Including a great storyline," Smith said.

Friday started out with some mandatory meetings for the first half of the day. All freshmen had mandatory meetings, while School of Communication students had a festival at 2 p.m. 

At Reggie’s Karaoke Barbecue, students scored some treats at Cafe Soul presented by Diversity Advocacy at 7:30 p.m., followed by Midnight Meijer Mania which consisted of free food, discounts and prizes.

At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, a picnic was held for veteran and military connected students and their families. A volleyball game followed the feast. Admission was free of charge with a Redbird card. For those drawn to fun facts, the Pride Club hosted a trivia game at 1:30 p.m. At 9 p.m., laughter reigned throughout the night when the Second City Improv show Saturday concluded with Midnight Up Late @ State Glow it Up!

Sunday concluded Welcome Week. Students enjoyed canoeing, kayaking and a picnic at Evergreen Lake. The event was $15. The fee covered lunch, transportation and all equipment necessary to enjoy the last day of summer.

The rest of the day included free sundaes, a Redbird soccer match, a transfer student kickoff and orientation. Free food was provided, as well as music and the opportunity to meet faculty, staff and new friends.

These five days were filled with fun activities to learn about the students' home for years to come.

KYNDSIE HUSTON is a Features Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at  kahusto@IllinoisState.edu Follow her on Twitter at @kyndsie_h

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