Katie Fenton, Online Team
Snakes, crocodiles and tortoises; oh my! Welcome Days at Pierce College Puyallup was anything but ordinary.
Raiders celebrated the beginning of fall quarter with a wide variety of activities, including a reptile show, photo booth, DJ and gaming truck.
The Office of Student Life hosted the events to welcome students back from their summer break and kick off the start to fall quarter. It also offered students an opportunity to connect with friends.
“It’s just a nice atmosphere,” Jesse Hamelin, Recreation and Entertainment Coordinator for Student Life, said. “All the students are back and you see old friends.”
The purpose of Welcome Days is to introduce students to Pierce College Puyallup. It gives them a taste of what it’s like to be a Raider and what to expect on campus.
Director of Student Life Sean Cooke said Welcome Days has been a tradition for as long as he remembers, including when he was a student at Pierce College in 2004.
Students gathered in the College Center for the festivities, which lasted between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 21 and 22.
On Sept. 21, the CTR hosted Isaac Peterson, also known as Reptile Man. Peterson handles exotic reptiles mainly for parties. At one point, the crowd watched a tortoise roam the halls and venture into some of the nearby offices.
Peterson also brought in an iguana, crocodile and snake for people to hold and take pictures with. Meanwhile, the downstairs area of the CTR was set up for an impromptu photo shoot with props and Instagram cutout.
Sept. 22’s events featured balloon artist Jacqueline Brulotte and a trailer for playing video games. Groups of students flocked to the trailer and raced each other in Mario Kart Wii while battling it out with their colorful balloon swords.
Student Life leaders planned the event only a week in advance. Because Welcome Days was organized in such short notice, Hamelin said students can offer ideas for next year’s Welcome Days.
“[Students] can always make suggestions,” Hamelin said. “They can either come to the office and talk to one of us, or there are suggestion boxes one of our advocates looks into.”
Hamelin stressed that students should take advantage of the suggestion boxes, which are located around the Puyallup campus.
The OSL encourages students to participate in all events at Pierce because of the importance to get involved on campus. Welcome Days showed students what being a Raider is all about, and that school doesn’t always have to be hard work.
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