The Student Union Thinks You Look Cold

And Would Like to Offer you Some Cocoa

The Concordia Student Union’s Winter Orientation may lack the glitz and glamour of its Fall offerings, but the CSU doesn’t want to leave newly arriving students out in the cold.

“It’s going to be a smaller scale orientation,” said CSU President Heather Lucas. “We just wanted to do something different from last year,” when the CSU handed out coffee and snacks to students coming off of the shuttle bus, she added.

Instead, the student union will host “Icefest” on the Reggie’s Terrace on Monday, with an ice bar, snowboarders performing tricks and breakdancers—for the breakdancers, you’ll have to move indoors, Lucas said

Starting at 11:00 a.m. on Jan. 18, more than 60 CSU-affiliated clubs will offer free eats during the “Many Tastes of Concordia” event on the 7th floor of the Hall Building.

If vodka and pierogies are your poison, Jan. 19 will bring the CSU’s “cultural night,”

whose theme this year is the Ukraine.

“We were just trying to think of different countries to represent,” said Lucas. “We just thought Ukraine, you know, winter is pretty common there.
On Sunday, The Hive will be granted special permission by the administration to keep its doors open until 11:00 p.m.

with a concert featuring artists Scratch, Skratch, Scratch, which the CSU promises will be “ill.”

If you’re hungover on Sunday morning—and come on, who wouldn’t be?—the CSU will once again host a “Hangover Breakfast,” with free eggs, pancakes and sausages. Fruit is also on the menu.

VP Student Life Andres Lopez has yet to attend a winter orientation in the four years since he began his studies. This will be his first time organizing as well as attending.

“Being an international student, I always keep a week off [before returning to classes in January], so I’m usually back the second week, and I’ve never been able to attend those orientations and see how it is,” said Lopez. “That’s why I really wanted to have this orientation in the following weeks of school so that more people can attend.”

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This article originally appeared in Volume 31, Issue 18, published January 11, 2011.