Narrowing It Down: Top 5 Events on Campus – Orientation Edition – 8/31/12

I’m sure it seems as if you just Tweeted, Facebooked, etc., about your last high school class and summer was fresh in the air, but somehow, our new fall semester is upon us. Welcome class of 2016! Sarah Lawrence is happy to have you. While the first few days of orientation can be tedious, remember that you’re about to make some best friends (whether they last four years or two weeks). Don’t miss these opportunities to both learn and meet people:

A Shot of Reality – Sat, September 1 @ 8:15PM, Performing Arts Center (PAC), Reisinger Concert Hall

Now I know that the first thing that probably pops into your mind is that this will be yet another stupid alcohol awareness event with scare tactics that simply aren’t scary. However, A Shot of Reality shows a completely different side of an issue that’s prominent in the college scene. It’s an honest, ‘sobering’, and even humorous view of the reality about college drinking. Join professional actors for a night of educational sketches that will get you laughing and possibly even participating in gut- busting improv. If you pre-game it might be funnier but it will also be sad.

Bon Voyage Cast-Off Party – Sunday, September 2nd @ 9PM, Westlands South Lawn

Perfectly fitting with your orientation theme, cast off your old high school skin, and dance the night away with your fellow first-years. Pick out a fun outfit, get together with your hall mates, and bring your school spirit. This is the first time the class of 2016 will all be partying together, and one of the last times it’ll be just you. There will be dance circles (where reputations are formed and shattered) and we hear rumors of a mechanical bull.

Lube It Up! – Monday, September 3rd @ 8PM, Performing Arts Center (PAC), Reisinger Concert Hall

While the name pretty much says it all, this is an absolute do not miss event. I repeat: a DO NOT MISS event. David Moyer, a 2004 SLC alum, will have you laughing your way to a six pack with his comical take on sex in college. We’ve all been through that awkward ‘birds and bees’ talk, and too little too late high school sex ed classes, but this experience will be on a whole new level. Even the shyest person will forget to feel self- conscious while they shout out ‘inappropriate’ words, laugh out loud at hypothetical stories, or applaud fellow classmates in live demos (Yes. Live demos).

SLC Expo – Wednesday, September 5th @ 3:30PM, Westlands South Lawn, Underneath the Tent

Definitely find some time in your busy schedule to drop by the SLC expo. It’s pretty much a one-stop location for all your campus ins and outs. Meet the Dean of the College, pick up info about student employment, or even pop your head into the bookstore. Check out booths on different student activities with reps there to answer all of your questions. It’s a great way to find out what’s happening on campus while still kicking back with your friends. Oh, did I mention there’s candy?

Shipwrecked Dance Party – Saturday, September 8th @ 10PM, The Blue Room

And last, but certainly not least, the first official Blue Room dance! Put on your fiercest face, and come to the Blue Room to sweat out half your body weight with your fellow SLCers. Since it’s the first dance of the season, I can guarantee you it will be a lively party. Let out some of stress you might have picked up this past week and lose yourself in the music/sea of swaying Sarah Lawrencers. It’s time to really get to know each other.


Emelyn Hicks, a sophomore at SLC, is a California, Bay Area native who enjoys baking, laughing, sarcasm, and ballet. Emelyn is an animal rights activist, and misses her three dogs and two cats back at home. Currently she is studying Anthropology, Literature, Theatre, and Dance. If you are a fellow hashtag enthusiast feel free to follow Emelyn on Twitter @emelynhicks.

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