Volume 95, Issue 6

Tuesday, September 11, 2001
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Serious accident shakes Shinerama

Rez chaos: "It's just bullshit"

Orientation deemed a drunken success

Accident clouds Shinerama future

Drunken frosh run wild on campus

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Orientation deemed a drunken success

Accident fails to dampen spirits

By Tola Afolabi
Gazette Staff

Western's second "dry" Orientation Week ran with few glitches and saw an increased participation.

Activities were alcohol free in preparation for the large number of underage first year students from the 2003 double cohort, explained Susan Grinrod, senior director of housing and food services.

"[We want to] have a good dry program, so it's part of the Western tradition when they get here," she said.

The dry programming seemed successful, said social science faculty soph Keith MacDonald. "Most of my frosh went to the dry events or, at the very least, they went to the Spoke and Wave where it was wet/dry," he said.

First-year Saugeen resident Natalie Reichenberger said although she did not participate in the dry programming during the night, she enjoyed the dry day-time programming and believed it would benefit the many underage first-year students.

"I went to an off-campus bar [at night]. People who were 18 went [to O-week activities]. Anyone who was 19 wanted to go get drunk," Reichenberger said.

A major success was the Thompson arena bash, where attendance was so great organizers had to control entry.

"It was packed," MacDonald said. "That's always a good sign."

Orientation officer Stephanie Zonneville said she was satisfied with the attendance, which she attributed partly to popular rappers Choclair, Thrust and Baby Blue Soundcrew.

The alcohol-free policy was enforced, especially at Thompson arena and no major disturbances occurred, she said.

"It was a pretty safe week. There were a few minor incidents, but nothing that wasn't able to be cleared up quickly," she said.

Grinrod agreed the week was well organized, but said alcohol abuse was still a problem among underage and legal students alike. "As always, there was a lot of alcohol abuse and this continues to be a big concern on campus. There were some incidents of alcohol poisoning."

The incidents of alcohol abuse increase with the length of the orientation period, Grinrod added. "[Students] don't have to think about going home to face parents and when you have wads of people without academics to keep them busy, you have these kinds of things."

She noted there are no plans to shorten the week.

Zonneville said she saw little to change about the week. "It was definitely a great learning experience. [I send a] huge thank you to head sophs and sophs for making the week what it was and to the frosh for showing up to the events."

Other highlights from the week included:

- Arts and science sophs hosted a concert on University College Hill featuring Corduroy, a pop rock band.

- On Thursday night, the media, information and technoculture faculty threw a party on concrete beach that included break dancing, skateboarding and live DJs.

- Econoline Crush and the Mudmen performed a concert on UC Hill Friday night.

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