The first year of engineering can be one of
anxiety and intimidation, but luckily to relieve these initial
worries is Frosh Week -- a time devoted to welcoming first-year
engineering students into the faculty, teaching them that
the life of a student is more than just theoretical concepts,
and sharing with them the spirit that is engineering.
Dressed in the robes of ancient Roman times and with the
music of Chariots of Fire playing in the background, the members
of Engineering Students' Society stood atop the hill in the
middle of the Firesticks. Surrounded by a mass of students,
they lit a makeshift torch and thus signified to all the commencement
of the games for Frosh Week 2002.
From Sept. 16 through 20, first-year engineering students
were welcomed through activities such as Adopt a Frosh. To
transfer the wisdom of their years, senior students from the
various departments are paired with first-year students. We
hope that hearing the stories, the legends and the descriptions
of experiences from previous years helped these first-year
student realize that they are not alone.
The week was also an opportunity to have fun. Through healthy
competition and enjoyable events, the "frosh" quickly
felt that notorious engineering pride.
Civil engineering students, wearing hard hats and construction
gear, branded first-year students with the letter C. Mechanical
and manufacturing engineering students, inspired by banjo music,
rallied to victory during the chariot races. Chemical engineering
Students boogied their way down to the events in disco wear,
clearly expressing their desire to make a "Love 'Chem'ection,"
their theme for the week.
Every year this week is filled with numerous activities designed
also to celebrate the start of a new year. Departments competed
against each other, and this year a new team of first-year
students was formed.
Tugs of war, the Keg Olympics, road races, scavenger hunts,
the Ultimate Tournament, and a Minotaur hunt were but some of
the games. Geomatics engineering students swung their swords
in the air and put on a great fight.
But when the judging was over and the week had come to a close,
it was the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Department
that had triumphed, claiming the title 2002 Frosh Week champions.
Engineers Without Borders
In last month's issue I noted the EWB Western Chapters Retreat
2002 was being held in the Banff Alpine Centre, partly sponsored
by APEGGA and hosted by the University of Calgary. A full story
and update about the retreat will appear in next month's PEGG.