Celebration welcomes first-year students to Lancer ranks

The chance to win a semester’s tuition was a huge draw to attend the Welcoming Celebration on Wednesday afternoon, says Kelsey Adams.

The social work student did win the raffle, sponsored by the University of Windsor Alumni Association, but walked out of the St. Denis Centre with more than just a cheque. She also gained inspiration and Lancer pride, courtesy of a presentation by UWindsor president Alan Wildeman on the theme “Believe in Yourself” and a special appearance by varsity athletes and mascot Winston.

“It’s surreal for me to win,” said Adams, a resident of Macdonald Hall. “I never win anything.”

Thousands of first-year students in every program filled the St. Denis Centre, singing and dancing and whipping up enthusiasm for Thursday’s start of classes.

Windsor Welcome Week continues today as classes begin in most programs. The Adrenaline Rush inflatable carnival runs 1 to 4 p.m. in front of Dillon Hall, promising freebies, fun and friendly faces.

Friday’s activities include the Taste of Sandwich eatery walking tour and an evening riverboat cruise. Saturday is Shinerama Shine Day with events from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., including a pep rally in the residence quad leading up to the Lancer football game on Alumni Field. Visit www.windsorwelcomeweek.ca for a full list of events, locations and times.

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