Hawk week brings fun before classes
- Aug. 15, 2012
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New students have more to look forward to than the beginning of classes thanks to Hawk Week.
Hawk week is designed to encourage students to meet one another and get a feel for the University. Festivities begin on Friday with the SUA Rock Chalk Block Party at the Kansas Union at 8:30 p.m., where students can eat free food, play games, bowl and win prizes. After the block party, Friday Night Live will feature performances by student organizations. The events continue Saturday night at the Adams Alumni Center with SAA Hawk Fest and one of Hawk Week’s most popular events, Traditions Night.
The event is a way for new students to learn University traditions like the Alma Mater, Waving the Wheat, and the Rock Chalk Chant at Memorial Stadium.
“I think Traditions Night usually attracts a huge amount of people just because it’s a time to learn about the awesome university we go to and to join together with other students at the same time,” said Sara Anderson, a sophomore from Lindsborg and a Hawk Week leader. “It’s a great way to build school pride, especially for those people who maybe aren’t big sports fans. It’s just about being something bigger than yourself.”
It’s also a chance for freshman to make their firt college connections.
“It’s the perfect time to meet new people, learn about KU’s traditions, and of course get free t-shirts,” said Sarah Meyer, a senior from New London, Iowa.
Saturday night also includes a performance by New York DJs Jane Doze at the Night on the Hill Concert by the Memorial Campanile. The Opening Convocation led by Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little signifies the beginning of a new academic year and will be held Sun. Aug. 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lied Center.
“Hawk Week is the ultimate way to bring incoming freshman together and help them become familiar with campus and each other,” said Elaine Arbuckle, a sophomore from Lee Summit. “It’s overwhelming at first, but totally worth it.”
Hawk Week continues through next week and includes events hosted by specific departments as well as job and information fairs.
—Edited by Kelsey Cipolla
Hannah Barling is a sophomore from Arkansas majoring in journalism. Read more from Hannah Barling.