Storm the Gate event welcomes students to main campusThe college tradition was complete with Scooter, ice cream and a flash mob.
Welcome to the Class of 2017!
Columbia College freshmen and new transfer students raced through Rogers Gate into a tunnel formed by returning students, families, alumni, faculty and staff for the 2013 Storm the Gate event Sunday, Aug. 18.
The group, which was gathered on Bass Commons, chanted, “We are … CC!” as the drumline played. Joined by Scooter the Cougar, students slapped hands with others in the tunnel before they came to the end where Dr. Terry Smith, interim president, stood to welcome the incoming class.
Also at the end of the run was a station stocked with free Andy’s Frozen Custard. Afterward, a DJ played popular tunes, including the Cha Cha slide, which got a lot of students dancing. Monster Energy was on hand with free energy drinks.
At 7 p.m. on the dot, Bruno Mars’ song, “Treasure,” played over the speakers and a flash mob began. Students and staff members representing numerous departments performed a choreographed dance to the song. The group, organized by René Massey, associate dean for AHE, practiced several times in the week leading up to Storm the Gate to nail down the routine.
The excitement of the dance died down — albeit, only slightly — and students continued getting to know each other, playing Frisbee and other games. Pictures were taken with Scooter, with the Go For Greater sign, and with each other before the class stood on the steps of St. Clair Hall for a group photo.
Storm the Gate is a tradition that started just last year. It serves as a strong, positive welcome for the students as they join the campus community.
See “Making transitions and learning traditions” for coverage of more start-of-school events.