Students rush into town before classes begin

By Bryan Richardson

They’re young, clad in purple and probably shouldn’t be fed if you don’t want them following you home.

K-State students have returned to Manhattan for the start of the 2011-12 school year, which begins Monday. Throughout the week, a number of activities are scheduled for what the university is characterizing as the Week of Welcome.

Although not a part of the welcome week, getting books and K-State gear is an important part of coming to campus.

Andrea Snyder, freshman, and Challis Cooper, sophomore, both of Olathe, walked out of Varney’s together with family Saturday.

Snyder said she looked forward to the new opportunities in her life. Part of that new life will involve the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, which she pledged following rush week Saturday.

“It’s supper exciting,” she said. “It’s just coming back at K-State. I’m excited to meet my new sisters and get involved.”

Being the more experienced of the two, Cooper knows what to expect at K-State. She said she wanted to come back for more.

“I couldn’t wait to tell you the truth,” Cooper said. “I love it here. I started packing a month ago.” She said she loved the atmosphere and the hometown feeling she gets from being here.

Derek Feist, a sophomore majoring in kinesiology, said he looked forward to his Human Body class this semester. But he also thought it was nice not to have any school pressures at the moment.

“It’s relaxing not to have classes right now,” Feist said. “It’s a nice time to stroll.” He said he missed being able to hang with his campus friends and having independence during his summer at home in Lenexa.

He then headed off to catch up with his friends in Aggieville. Besides friends reuniting, Aggieville was also the site of Saturday’s Weekend of Welcome events, with music playing during the evening.

Here is a list of the rest of the week’s events:

Today: Traditions Day. Walk Your Schedule will be available for nontraditional and transfer students from 1 to 3 p.m., meeting at Caribou Coffee in the student union, and for new students from 1 to 4 p.m., also meeting in the union. The 2011 K-State Kickoff will be at Bill Snyder Family Stadium from 6:30 to 8 p.m. A free dinner will be served for the first 3,000 students from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the stadium’s east concourse, with a student pep rally at 7 p.m. inside the stadium.

Monday: We’re Glad You’re Here Day.  Help booths will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. across campus to assist students.  Look for free giveaways at these booths as well.

Tuesday: K-State Culture Day. The International Around the World is from 1 to 4 p.m. at the International Programs Office and will feature free activities and give-aways. A cultural performance by the “Ole Music & Dance of Spain” flamenco dancers will be from noon to 1 p.m. on the Bosco Student Plaza.

Wednesday: Student Success Day. Wildcat Wellness Wednesday, an activity to help students stay hydrated, happy and healthy, will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Bosco Student Plaza. Also starting at 11 a.m. is the career and employment services’ free Backyard BBQ on the lawn of Holtz Hall until 1:30 p.m. The Bosco Student Plaza will feature live music from noon to 1 p.m. A free financial refresher will be from noon to 2 p.m. on the lawn between Fairchild Hall and Kedzie Hall. Students can meet their peer financial counselors and advisers from Powercat Financial Counseling, from the three financial assistance offices. Free ice pops will be available.

Thursday: Involvement Day. The Part-Time Opportunities Fair is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the K-State Student Union Ballroom. The Union Expo and Activities Carnival will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Union, for students looking to get more involved. Come learn more about K-State Proud at the “New Kids on the Block” Party for Proud from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Bosco Student Plaza. Wildcat Welcome Day is from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the K-State Alumni Center. There will be textbook scholarship, prizes and free ice cream sundaes and floats.

Friday: Fun Day. Comedian Josh Blue will perform at 10:30 p.m. in Forum Hall, as part of K-State Afterhours. The UPC Film “Thor” will be playing at 8 p.m. in Forum Hall. Rock ‘It Bowl will be from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Union Recreation Center.

Saturday: Hypnotist Chuck Mulligan will be performing at 9:30 p.m. Following the performance, there will be free pizza courtesy of Chartwell’s. The UPC Film “Thor” will also be playing at 7 and 9:30 p.m. in Forum Hall.

More information on Week of Welcome, including campus and commercial sponsors, and related activities planned by student organizations, is available at

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