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Frosh Break the Ice at MOYA

By Peter Y. Park
Business Staff

Freshmen jumped right into the third annual Project Move Off Your Assumptions after the President's Convocation yesterday afternoon. MOYA leaders, who were eagerly awaiting them on Kresge Oval, then brought them to the athletic fields for the activities.

MOYA activities were designed for freshmen to get to know their fellow classmates through ice breakers, trusts, and problem solving initiatives. Although they emphasized cooperation between students, the leaders did not push students to participate if they did not feel comfortable.

"It brings different kinds of people together," said Alan E. Coronado '96, one of the MOYA leaders.

"I got to meet a lot of different people," said freshman Brian Bilello.

Marcy Ammer '97 was less enthusiastic, complaining that the subgroups had too few people.

Examples of these activities included the name game, trust fall, and electric fence. In the name game, participants toss a ball around in a circle while calling out the name of the recipient, quickly learning each other's names.

As demonstrated by Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs Arthur C. Smith during the convocation, freshmen had the opportunity to participate in the trust fall. In this event, a person stood at the edge of a table and fell backwards into the arms of the other members of his group.

In the electric fence game, students needed to figure out how to cross over an imaginary electric fence while maintaining constant physical contact with other members of the group.

The final event and the climax of the MOYA activities was the Lap Sit '97. After much practice and anticipation -- and many rounds of the "wave" -- the freshmen sat on each other's laps and formed the number 97.

"It was very organized. Everyone knew where to stand," said Sarah L. Masiulewicz '96, a MOYA leader.

Mike Marguetz '97 described it by saying, "I was strangely stimulated."

Dehydration was a concern

With the temperature reaching the mid-90s, dehydration was a concern. The activities took place on the athletic fields, where there are no trees that create shade from the hot sun.

"The freshmen were not very enthusiastic at first because of the heat," Masiulewicz said. But the activities were completed in a quick pace and freshmen became more active as the day cooled.

Water was dropped off periodically to each group in gallon bottles from a cart, and there were many water breaks.

"Our only concern is that everyone gets enough water," said John A. Benedick, the swimming and water polo coach, who helped supervise the activities.

But Phoebe Lam '97 said, "There was not enough water."

MOYA run by volunteers

Anneliese M. May '94 volunteered to work for Project MOYA for her third year because, "I always have a lot of fun and want to meet the freshmen early."

But some volunteers seemed to have had ulterior motives. Audrey C. Wu '96 said she volunteered in exchange for the early return housing. Surekha Vajjhala '96 said, "The only reason I did MOYA was to get a head start on the cute freshmen boys."