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Aug. 13: Photo Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Welcomes First-Year Students to Campus Aug. 16


Abby Houck

Photo Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Welcomes
First-Year Students to Campus Aug. 16

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University will welcome 1,454 first-year students to campus Sunday, Aug. 16 for Orientation 2009. This year's orientation, "Unleashed," will introduce incoming students to Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh and each other through a weeklong series of events on and off campus. Some highlights of the week include:

Move-in Day, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 16, Campus Housing and Oakland Apartments
First-year students will unload their cars and move into campus housing with the help of families, friends and Carnegie Mellon staff and students. (Margaret Morrison Street and Tech Street will be closed to accommodate students.) In previous years, a majority of students arrived between 9 and 11:30 a.m.

Playfair, 8:30-10 p.m., Aug. 17, Gesling Stadium
Billed as "the largest icebreaker ever," Playfair marks the first time the Class of 2013 will assemble as a group. Students and staff will gather on the football field for games, activities and mingling.

Pogo Dudes Performance, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Aug. 19, University Center Patio
First-year students will attend an exclusive preview of Pogopalooza 6, the international "extreme pogo" competition slated for Aug. 22 in Schenley Plaza. The Pogo Dudes bounce to heights of more than seven feet and perform high-flying flips and other stunts on their amped-up pogo sticks. Featuring world-record holder Fred Gryzbowski, freestyle athlete Nick McClintock and stunt comedian "Wacky Chad," the Pogo Dudes combine comedy with fantastic pogo-feats. For more information:

Convocation, 4:30-6 p.m., Aug. 20, Baker Hall Lawn Tent
Faculty, staff and students will gather together to celebrate the arrival of the Class of 2013. This special ceremony marks the official start of the students' collegiate careers. Carnegie Mellon alumnus Jeffrey Zaslow, senior writer and columnist for The Wall Street Journal and co-author of "The Last Lecture," will be the keynote speaker.

House Wars, 8 p.m., Aug. 21, the Cut
First-year students compete in the annual House Wars, a series of physical and intellectual challenges. Winners hoist the Carnegie Cup and earn bragging rights until graduation.
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About the Class of 2013: As of this advisory distribution date, Carnegie Mellon's first-year class includes 1,454 students, 832 men and 622 women. The students represent 25 countries, 41 states, including the District of Columbia, and one U.S. territory (Puerto Rico) with Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming missing from the distribution. Forty-eight percent of students are from the Middle Atlantic states, and 15 percent are from Pennsylvania. The West claims 10 percent of the first-year class, while the South and New England each claim 9 percent. Approximately 5 percent are from the Midwest, while 4 percent are from the Southwest and less than 1 percent represents a U.S. territory. Fourteen percent are international students representing Bermuda, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Korea, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Malaysia, Nigeria, Norway, New Zealand, Philippines, R.O.C. Taiwan, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Venezuela.