Newly arrived Badgers already looking to cure cases of dorm fever can make plans to attend some or all of the Wisconsin Welcome activities beginning tonight.
“What we try to do is have a pretty big event going on every evening,” said Carren Martin, coordinator of Student Orientation and Development.
The activities will kick off this evening with Recreational Sports’ “Up At Night,” from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Southeast Recreational Facility and the Natatorium. Food, dancing, door prizes and a free shuttle between the two facilities will be featured.
Saturday’s marquee event is the Memorial Union Bash, scheduled for 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
This, according to Marc Kennedy of the Wisconsin Union’s marketing department, is intended to be an introduction of the union to new students, offering snacks, games and a live performance by the Chicago band Deals Gone Bad.
Meanwhile, at the Wisconsin Union Theater, two “ComedySportz” shows are scheduled for 9 and 11 p.m.
The best part, according to Kennedy, is the price of these activities.
“Everything here is going to be for free,” Kennedy said.
The free activities roll on Sunday with the Fifth Quarter and Badger Tailgate at Camp Randall Stadium.
This event, Martin said, offers students an opportunity to experience a Badger football game day with everything except the actual game. The Wisconsin Marching Band will lead the crowd in the traditional array of Badger songs and cheers and a tailgate party will follow.
Finally, the annual Chancellor’s Convocation ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 at the Kohl Center.
This year’s program features Dr. Oliver Sachs, a world-renowned neurologist, humanist, and best-selling author of “Awakenings.”