August 24, 2010

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By Sam Alcorn

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The students in Bucknell University's Class of 2014 are having a "blast" getting to know their new home, and they're telling everyone about it.

Having arrived Friday for five days of Orientation, the 930-member Class of 2014 will start classes Wednesday. Tonight they will participate in Convocation at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, followed by a procession to the Academic Quadrangle for the traditional Candlelighting Ceremony.

Over the past several days, the Class of 2014 has been celebrating its arrival a little less seriously with a packed scheduled of Orientation events, including getting covered in orange and blue paint at Color Wars, meeting their classmates and Lewisburg neighbors, downing chocolate chip pancakes and eggs at midnight, grabbing boots and bandanas for a little Western line dancing, and more.

Twitter and Facebook
And fellow students, parents, alumni and friends have followed along through the comments and pictures being posted on the University's Twitter and Facebook pages.

Typical of these comments was one posted by a first-year student who declared on Facebook that Bucknell "is too live for me! They're wearing me out. LOL. But I'm having a blast! Ready to sleep, but I'm on my way to Midnight Madness with my newfound friends."

A presumed parent posted, "My girl is in there somewhere!! Sounds like she's having a blast!!" Maybe she'll spot her daughter in one of the hundreds of Orientation pictures posted in galleries in the Class of 2014 page.

'Loving life at Bucknell'
On Twitter, another first-year student tweeted, "Hopefully about to go to sleep. So far I'm loving life at Bucknell WAY more than life at home..."

Alumni, too, are checking in and following along with the Class of 2014.

On Facebook, a 2008 alumna said the new arrivals brought back fond memories. "Aw, I'm getting emotional. Just finished my two-day orientation for grad school and I'm comparing the boring PowerPoint slides to the Color Wars and the giant slip and slide. Those were such good times!"

In a reply, another graduate chimed in, "Bucknell is and will always be a very special place!"

There were more than a few posts like this one from a May graduate: "Awww, I almost cried when seeing those pics! I just graduated. I'm really going to miss Bucknell!"

And there was the 2004 alumna who said, "It's been 10 years for me ... My husband and I met at Bucknell and had our first baby earlier this year. A friend noted today: 'Just think, 18 years from today, orange-clad OA's (Orientation Assistants) could be moving Lily into her first dorm room at Bucknell.'"

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