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The Dog Days of Summer can be a drag. Dawg Days at Eastern New Mexico University are another thing.
Dawg Days is the name of four days of freshman orientation that started on Thursday with freshman moving into the dormitories and a barbecue at 5 p.m. at the Dallan Sanders plaza.
“This is so much better than last year’s,” said Shannon Osborne, program advisor of Student Activities and Organizations. “It’s better organized and the student directors did a great job of putting this together.”
Thursday’s event also included also informational booths from ENMU organizations, a concert and hypnotist Dr. Jim Wand.
Los Alamos freshman Brad Springfield said he was still adjusting to college.
“They offered me an academic scholarship and I didn’t receive anything from NMSU (New Mexico State University) or UNM (University of New Mexico),” Springfield said. “It’s a whole different world than from high school.”
Camp counselors in charge of the freshman orientation sent out brochures for this year’s activities, along with a DVD with footage from last year’s freshman orientation, which was called the Green and Silver Breakthrough.
“It’s the biggest back to school bash,” student director Monique Garcia said. “We’ve been keeping in contact with our camp counselors this summer. They’re in charge of groups when we split them up.”
“We did all the preparations during the summer so that we would be ready,” Student Director Shem Peachey said. “We designed the flyers, posters and t-shirts and we were at the county fair.
There are 32 camp counselors in charge of implementing the events. Friday’s activities are kicked off by introductions to each other at 1 p.m. in the ballroom. Comedian Mike Destefano will entertain the crowd at 8 p.m., followed by video dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
“I’m pretty excited” Capitan freshman Michael Aguilar said. “At the same time it concerns me. I’m not sure how much one-on-one attention there will be. It’s pretty cool how they (student counselors) tried to help me out with the brochures and posters that were sent out.”
Saturday’s events will include Greyhound Olympics with ropes courses and water fights with a pep rally and bonfire at 8:30 p.m. The closing ceremony will be on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
“I think it’s exciting for them,” Osborne said. “If we didn’t do something like this, they wouldn’t enjoy their time here.”
There are more than 500 incoming freshman this year, including 138 from the Portales and Clovis area.
“My advice to the freshman would be to get involved,” sophomore Jenni Williams of Texico said. “I come into my second year with more confidence and I don’t feel lost. Meeting people is the funnest way to live at college. The best way to do that is through Dawg Days, intramurals or ASAB (Associated Students Activity Board).