New Student Orientation kicks-off fall 2014

Ruby Luders, left, 18, freshman of Australia, Katie O’Boyle, 18, freshman of Gering, and Jenny Van Vleet, 17, freshman of Chadron, jump onto the slip ‘n’ slide, Friday during the Family Picnic east of the Student Center. — Photo by Ashley Swanson

Ruby Luders, left, 18, freshman of Australia, Katie O’Boyle, 18, freshman of Gering, and Jenny Van Vleet, 17, freshman of Chadron, jump onto the slip ‘n’ slide, Friday during the Family Picnic east of the Student Center. — Photo by Ashley Swanson

Suitcases, cars, and hundreds of feet covered CSC’s campus Thursday as incoming students prepared to move into their dorms. Kent Hall, campus’s freshman dorm, was crowded from wall-to-wall with students signing in and moving items to their room.

Next door, the Student Center’s atmosphere was full of excitement and nonstop talking. Students created long lines almost stretching the length of the hallway while waiting for their new student IDs.

Others wandered over the housing tables, or into the ballroom where advisers waited to assist students with their classes.

As the day moved on, the freshman class of 2018 crowded Elliott Field’s stadium for the welcome back speech given by CSC President Randy Rhine.

Nate Jones, 20, junior of Papillion, cannonballs into the Chadron Public Pool during the pool party, Monday. — Photo by Ashley Swanson

Nate Jones, 20, junior of Papillion, cannonballs into the Chadron Public Pool during the pool party, Monday. — Photo by Ashley Swanson

As usual, after the speech, decked in CSC logo-donned sunglasses, students gathered on the field for a group photo.

Smells of pulled pork, chicken, pie, vegetables, and much more greeted students and their families as they took a break from moving and unpacking at the family picnic.

Not only were people able to sit back and enjoy a good meal, but also engross themselves in live music and games. Dozens of students pulled together in teams for sand volleyball, while others took to the basketball court to shoot some hoops.

The weekend was jam-packed with events including three more live bands, a welcome back outdoor dance, and an international picnic in Wilson Park. All too soon the back-to-school agendas were thought out, and classes resumed.

Monday wound down with a pool party at the city pool, which brought a large group of students, decked out in their swimsuits and sunglasses.

Diving and cannonball contests were started, while squirting fights erupted with squirt guns. Students also partook in a few games of basketball and Frisbee.

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