Friday Morning Video: What are we going to do with all these freshmen??

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8 Responses to Friday Morning Video: What are we going to do with all these freshmen??

  1. Great video. I matriculated in ’88 — 24 years ago, and had the sense that O-week was a well-established institution, so my guess is that orientation has been done in its current form for a fair bit more than 25 years.

    • Deborah Gronke Bennett says:

      I matriculated in 1976 and graduated in 1982. There was no O-week during the time I was at Rice. We called it “Freshman Week” and it was almost all done in the Colleges (except for the Matriculation ceremony). I remember a quiz to help you find oddly-named lecture halls (like Bio 142 and Sewell 301).

      • Deborah Gronke Bennett says:

        Or maybe that was Bio 124? I really meant “oddly-located”. The quiz helped you know that Sewell 301 was on the ground floor, and that Bio 124 was not in the building, but along the breezeway between Bio and Geo.

  2. Was a bit jealous to see the activities being done in the stadium and found myself wondering why we didn’t do that when I matriculated. Then I recalled that we did those things on fields that
    no longer exist — closer to the colleges, if not quite as cool as being in the stadium.

  3. Dan Carley says:

    I matriculated in 1976 (same as Debbie). I also remember Freshman Week run through the colleges. We spent a good bit of time picking out classes. It seemed amazing all the choices available to a freshman. I also remember going clubbing at night at the Galleria. The legal age was 18 then and for those of us who were only 17 when we started at Rice, it didn’t matter. The group was not carded somehow. I guess those were my first ‘legal’ drinks.

  4. I started in 1980, and yes, it was still called Freshman Week. That was the last year of the 18-year-old drinking age, so checking for ID’s was simply never done. If I recall correctly, there was at least one large party with a dangerous amount of alcohol which led to officially-sanctioned alcohol awareness programs.

  5. Grungy says:

    Freshman Casino Party.
    It was definitely an event to remember for those of us who hung around the RMC desk, and an event not to remember for quite a few of the participants.
    Freshlings who were so drunk, and so well indoctrinated, that while they could not remember their name, they could remember their college.
    The loss of the sanctioned binge-drinking event was a good thing.

  6. Karen says:

    Love the information in this blog! This is quite late, but I’m just now catching up. I’ll miss it when I’m reading in “real time”. I was 17 when I started in 1979, and I remember that during Freshman Week, I received a letter in my mailbox reminding people underage that they shouldn’t be drinking. I think that was their one effort at prevention. Of course, the freshman groups strongly encouraged participation in activities where alcohol was readily available.

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