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          Welcome Days

          2010-11 school year initiated with successful series of events

          Rachel Craft

          Issue date: 8/27/10 Section: Focus
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          Of all of this year's Welcome Days activities, last Thursday's Greek Carnival may have been the most welcoming. The field behind Leutner was packed with incoming freshmen and friendly, enthusiastic representatives of over a dozen Greek chapters. The people, the sunshine, and the aroma of deep-fried Oreos (courtesy Phi Kappa Theta) made the atmosphere more than inviting.

          According to Wes Schaub, Case Western Reserve University's Director of Greek Life, the carnival is designed to let freshmen "see the different personalities of the groups." It is especially important for the fraternities, which are now kicking off their many rush activities. But the carnival is also a great opportunity for returning students to reconnect with old friends and enjoy what's left of summer vacation. There were several traditional carnival games, such as cornhole (Phi Kappa Psi), basketball (Beta Theta Pi), and a dunking booth (Zeta Beta Tau). A few of the more creative activities included Sigma Phi Epsilon's sumo wrestling and Sigma Psi's "Ducky Derby," in which contestants aimed water guns at large inflated ducks to race them across a pool. Another favorite was the Delta Tau Delta's take on whack-a-mole-better described as "whack a brother with a pool noodle." And there was certainly no shortage of refreshments, including root beer floats (provided by Theta Chi), snow cones (FIJI), and "mocktails" (Delta Gamma). Overall, the Carnival was fun for both new and returning students, and was a great way to welcome this year's freshmen to the campus community.

          The Greek Carnival was followed by RHA's annual Casino Night, a three-hour game extravaganza hosting multiple student organizations and taking up most of Thwing Center. The activities didn't stop until midnight, but it was certainly worth staying for the end-in the last half-hour, RHA raffled off a long list of prizes. All were practical dorm room items, such as step stools, butterfly chairs, movies, cleaning supplies, and toilet paper. Students were given raffle tickets at the door, but could obtain extra tickets by redeeming any chips they won-and some students got pretty competitive.
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