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Welcome, Home Warriors! Student Life Starts Strong for the 2021-22 School Year

Warrior Week is officially over, and classes are now in full swing. Warrior Week happens every year here at Rochester University and is a way to welcome new students to campus with a week full of fun events.

On Wednesday, September 1, 2021, the student programming board held a kickball game in which over 70 students played and watched. Providing a great start to Rochester University's annual Welcome Week. Participation tends to be a struggle for RU at times, but things have been different during the 2021 school year. Students have said that participating in campus events creates a more positive environment and helps new students connect. During the COVID-19 pandemic, students missed having events. Many made the best of the time, but this school year has proved that students value relationships with other students.

The week started with the Welcome Home Bash, which was a new student exclusive event. The event included free ice cream, inflatables, and yard games. Rachel Bliss, senior elementary education major, said “ For the first event of the week we had a great turnout. It was awesome to see the new students interacting with one another and making new friends.”

One of the biggest events took place on Friday; students took a trip down to Jimmy John’s Field located in Utica, Michigan. The students got to watch the Westside Woolly Mammoths take on the Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers.

Rochester University students Max Kuza, Christian Frazier, and Daniel Higgins enjoy the USPBL game

The Rochester University Warrior Week wrapped up Friday, September 3rd. Rachel Bliss, a two-time Student Programming Board member, said, " I definitely think students participated more because they missed having events on campus! Most students missed being in community with one another". Overall, the start of the academic year looks to be extremely promising based on a good opening week, "Altogether, I think the week went great! Me and my team are so happy to have students back on campus!' said Bliss. Be alert for upcoming events and activities presented by the student programming board.



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