After the stress of moving and meeting new people, Tuesday was a day for new UW-Parkside students to have some fun, learn a few Parkside traditions, and find out something about themselves and their classmates.
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With Playfair, a national team-building organization leading the way, students participated in a variety of games and exercises designed, Playfair says, to help build a community based on trust, support and cooperation.
Josh Hayden and Mohammed Batayneh, freshmen from Racine, Wis., said that Playfair helped them meet new people. Jazmine Bryant from Milwaukee said that she liked how everyone interacted with one another. "We were more open, and the Ranger staff was so helpful toward us," she said. "(The staff) helped us feel welcome and that we are meant to be here."
Eunique Davis, from Oak Creek, Wis., enjoyed the morning because it wasn't just about meeting people that she knew from her floor in Ranger Hall. "I met people who are commuting and people from other parts of Wisconsin and from different countries," Davis said.
Afternoon events included Ranger Read with a discussion of Rad Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451," the novel featured in this fall's The Big Read. "Success Sessions" gave students tips and ideas on how to make the most of the university experience.
Evening programs featured "Sex Signals," a presentation using improvisation and audience interaction to provide a provocative look at dating, sex, and the core issue of consent. Hypnotist Frederick Winters, winner of the Campus Entertainer of the Year Award, and the movie "Neighbors" rounded out the night.