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A Fiery Welcome Back at R-Big Event

Remember the giant dino­saur blow-up on Mills Lawn? Students can thank the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and the Office of Student In­volvement and Leadership (OSIL) for hosting this year’s Involvement Fair, re-named “R-Big Event.” It most certainly gave the students a great end to their first day of the academic year.

Despite the unpredictable Florida weather, hundreds of first-years and upperclassmen joined the festivities held at the Cornell Campus Center where they found hula and fire danc­ers, a comedian illusionist, a step show from Sigma Gamma Rho, a free dinner, and more excitement. The purpose of the Involvement Fair is to show stu­dents exactly what happens at Rollins and how to be a part of that.

The best way to get in­volved is to find an organization that best reflects the values, be­liefs and interests of a student. It is also a great way to meet people and make friendships that will last a lifetime.

In past years, the Involve­ment Fair has been held in the Alfond Sports Center at the end of orientation week. How­ever, this year OSIL and OMA realized that this structure pre­vented upperclassmen from learning about the various op­portunities available for getting involved at Rollins.

Brent Turner, director of OSIL, said, “Inviting both new and returning students as well as faculty and staff to the event created a very energetic Cornell Campus Center!”

The organizations featured at the fair ranged from cultural to athletic to social justice, and so forth. All of the tables had information about the organiza­tion’s purpose, activities and—in many cases—candy!

Mahjabeen Rafiuddin, di­rector of OMA, was pleased with the large amount of inter­est shown in the Rollins cultural and social justice groups. “Our 17 cultural organizations col­lected several pages of names of students who are interested in getting involved with the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Students don’t have to be Af­rican American/Black in order to join Black Student Union or Latino/a to join the Latin Ameri­can Student Association.”

Kelsey Beaumont ‘12 at­tended R-Big event and shared, “as a peer mentor, it was great to see the first-years getting to know the organizations on cam­pus and starting their journey towards global citizenship and responsible leadership.”

Jamie Pizzi ‘14 thoroughly enjoyed the fair. “The organiz­ers did a really great job build­ing interest in the opportunities available at Rollins and ways to get involved. It’s a shame the fair got moved inside because the dining hall quickly became crowded and hard to move around or ask questions. Never­theless, there are many organi­zations at Rollins I look forward to taking part in, like the news­paper.”

If anyone missed out, Chase Hall houses the Office of Stu­dent Involvement and Leader­ship, where you can stop by to find out how you can get in­volved on campus.

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