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eriment in

'Social Orientation'

Proves Success

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The University's experiment in

revising it fall orientation pro-
gram has proven itself.
As the period for acquainting
newcomers to campus drew to a
close yesterday,'Orientation co-
chairmen, Linda Green, '59, and
Barry Shapiro, '59, were able to
answer "a big yes" to the ques-
tion: Can a social orientation pro-
gram that fits administrative rou-
tine into three days and leaves
two for socializing and showing
the University's various student"
activities be effective,?
1957 Innovations
The new program boasted sev-
eral "firsts" in orientation his-
tory:
For a six-week period between
July 7 and August 16 more than
1000 freshmen within a 250-mile
radius of the University were pre-
registered. Housed in East Quad-
rangle, they completed the ad-
ministrative part of the program,
including testing, counseling, pay-
ing Hof fees and registration for
classes.
This allowed other freshmen,
transfers and international stu-
dents to finish up their adminis-
tratie schedule in three days in-

stead of the usual five,
Green said.

Miss

The other two, yesterday and
Tuesday were devoted to "show-
ing new students (those who had
pre -registered joined other
groups) the University as it real-
ly is." Men and women toured the
League, Union, Student Activities
and Publications Buildings, guid-
ed by leaders and escorted by Ac-
tivity hosts and hostesses who ex-
plained functions of their respec-
tive organizations.
"We wanted our groups to s~e
the University as it really is," Miss
Green remarked. "So many new
students form impressions of the
University from their first week
here. This time we tried to show
that it consists of more than
registration."
The program planners; ssisted
by Allen Menlo of the School of
Education and directed by Wesley
Kurshildgen tried to give fresh-
men, transfers and for the first
time, international students an
improved social schedule.
Closed Mixers
For the freshmen there were
closed dormitory mixers - limited

to freshmen who had to show
meal tickets for entrance.
Transfers, upperclassmen and
international students filled the
League rumpus room to over-flow-
ing capacity Friday night, sang
songs, danced to the Mark-Har-.
vey Combo and in general got ac-
quainted.
Another innovation saw the
Union open from 1 to 5 p.m, on
Saturday and Monday to any
groups who had free time and
wanted to tour the building, chat
with each other or old students
on campus and enjoy free re-
freshments.
1Open Houses Praised
Orientation leaders praised the
open houses as "far superior to
previous years when coed leaders
had to arrange coke dates, for
their groups with men leaders
and no one but the harried lead-
ers themselves showed up."
The revised program also gave
leaders a new leeway in utilizing
initiative and creativity. Instead
of setting up a strict schedule ac-
counting for every hour, the agen-
da left each leader plenty of time
to meet with his group on an in-
formal basis - to arrange pic-
nics or other off-schedule activi-
ties.
One leader, a veteran of,' two
previous campaigns, declared that'
the time she spent "Just talking"
to her group was more valuable in
helping to acquaint them to cam-
pus life than many of the planned
events.'
international Integration
Orientation 1957 was geared.
more than any others before it
to the international students, Miss
Green remarked.
A program guided by Nancy
Colwell Hardy, '58, chairman of.

the League International
mittee and Richard Schwar
of the Union provided new
gration with Americans. W
with the American Friends
mittee, they planned and e
ed picnics and mixers.
Students from vountries a
the world mingled with Ami
as groups went through th
tine and stopped for rela:
Special leaders for the grot
ported proudly that their c
really "felt that they belc
All-Campus Sing
The over-all program
group unity through such
as the all-campus sing on tl
agonal Monday night spc
by the League, Union anc
verine Club. Newcomers a:
timers Joined in Michigan
cheered on cheerleaders an
tened to a surprise Jazz (
by the Mark-Harvey Coni
Yesterday saw the pr
winding up with forum sess
the League for women and
for men. League and Unio
cials entertained any qu
men and coeds had about
new University career. The
period encouraged informa
cussion that aired both grip:
suggestions.'
Last night women attende
traditional League Night w
musical show "The League
You" was in store to acs
'them with all organize
areas.
Leaders who participated
program were given special
ing. Miss Green described
meetings where prospective
ers met with the orientatioi
mittee to formulate ide;
bring out problems with
they might have to cope.

AND NEW--Newcomers to the University and many oldtimers Jammed the Diagonal for an All-Campus Sing Monday night.

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