AUSTIN, Texas—Words of wisdom, including “Get involved” and “Don’t skip class,” were offered to new students Tuesday night (Aug. 27) during Gone To Texas 2002, a welcoming party that drew a crowd of 5,300 to enjoy dancing and music as well as to learn about university traditions.
The students danced the “hokey pokey” and coaxed others in the crowd, including Dr. James Vick, vice president for student affairs, into joining them in the “chicken dance” with music performed by Brave Combo. A dragon dance and performances by the Innervisions Choir and the “Potheads,” who make their music by beating trash cans and pots and pans, were among part of the evening’s entertainment.
Chancellor Mark Yudof of The University of Texas System, President Larry R. Faulkner of The University of Texas at Austin and Austin Mayor Gus Garcia were among the speakers who welcomed the new students to campus.
Student leaders, including Katie King, president of Student Government, encouraged the new students to become involved in the university community by exploring the broad range of organizations and activities that are available.
Perhaps the greatest words of wisdom to new students on the eve of their first day of class at a major university were provided in a video clip of older students who learned from their own mistakes.
“Don’t skip class” was the bottom line message conveyed by several students who confessed they learned the hard way.
Every year the University Co-op, which co-sponsors the event, provides about 4,000 t-shirts for the Gone To Texas festivities.
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