Students get ready for this year’s Orientation Week

The crowd went wild at last year’s CampusFest concert featuring Alexisonfire and Metric, presented by the Durham College and UOIT Your Student Association.

August 26, 2010

It’s time for Durham College students to get prepared for September and get pumped for this year’s Orientation Week and CampusFest concert. For most, September means returning to school but for some it’s a fresh start in a new and unfamiliar environment. What better way to meet other students and get involved than to attend orientation and see some new faces.

Orientation helps students make a smooth transition into post-secondary education and prepares them for the year ahead. Events kick off on Monday, September 6 this year, with an all-ages welcome pub graffiti night that will feature lots of giveaways and T-shirt graffiti madness. Students can wear their white T’s and have a chance to be creative with their markers.

Other events featured throughout the week include Headphone disco, a Yuk Yuk’s comedy night, first blast pub night, Shinerama, hypnotist Tony Lee and the main event – the CampusFest concert.

This year’s concert is taking place Friday, September 10 with performances by Down With Webster, Lights, Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker (USS), Danny Fernandes and Ashes. The concert will be held in Polonsky Commons at the Oshawa campus with an after-party at E.P. Taylor’s Pub and Restaurant. Brad Jones, vice-president of Campus Life for Your Student Association (SA), urges students to purchase their tickets well in advance and arrive early. Last year’s concert featured Alexisonfire and Metric.

Tickets for all events are available at the Tuck Shop, located on the second floor of the Student Centre and will also be available on the new SA website once it’s up and running.

The Oshawa campus receives a lot of attention during orientation week, but this year Durham College’s Whitby campus will host three events of its own. The traditional car smash will be taking place Wednesday, September 8 followed by a video games day and an ultimate fighting day where Canadian Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout will be signing autographs and taking photos with fans.

There are a few all-ages events however, most pub-oriented events are for students 19 years of age and older.

“This is a great time for students to get involved,” said Jones. “It’s an experience they’re going to remember forever.”

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