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(Dressed as a University of Kansas Jayhawk, Paul Mintner, junior in political science, travels down an aisle of Bill Snyder Family Stadium during the Wildcat Warm-up pep rally. Adriana Perrone, junior in architecture, and the crowd, booed him until he reached the field, and then cheers erupted when Willie the Wildcat tackled him. " Although it was embarrassing to be the Jayhawk, " Mintner said, " I feel Wildcat Warm- up is a great program to welcome, recruit and retain our students. " Matt Castro experience a little taste of what I ' m going to live and experience for the next year. " Guerrero said she haci a positive experience attending Wildcat Warm-up. " I gained a lot of confidence in myseltV " she said. " Now, I ' m not that scared and stressed about going to K-State; I don ' t worry anymore who ' s going to be my roommate because everyone was so nice and as nervous as I was. One thing I didn ' t have and didn ' t tliink I would have is pride to be a K-Stater. Now I see the color purple witii different eves. It ' s my school. It ' s beautiful. " The counselors were students who served as the leaders tor the groups, alst:) said they gained a new appreciation for the university. " I gained so many new trieneis and learned even more about K-State, " said Rachel Meether, counselor and senior in family studies and human services. " After being here for two years, I still have so much to learn about the amazing history, people and programs K-State has to offer. Getting others excited makes inc even more passionate about K-State. " i-J -Ml Wildcat Warm-up 09
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X M Three hundred and tour incoming students came to canipusjune 13-15, 18-20. The goal for each weekend was for the incoming freshmen to meet new people and become familiar with the university ' . " The primary focus of Wildcat Warm-up is to increase student retention. " " Emily Lehning, assistant dean of new student services, said. " We provide a program aimed at increasing knowledge about K-State and the programs and services available to students. We seek to create strong connections between the participants, current students, faculty, statt and alumni. We translate the values, culture and traditions that make K-State a unique and valuable undergraduate experience. ' " During Wildcat Warm-up, participants lived in Ford Hall, worked m assigned groups, attended workshops, listened to speakers, participated in a pep rally and attended a barbeque. " I decided to attend Wildcat Warm-up because I wanted to be prepared for the first day of school, " Maria Guerrero, freshman in open option, said, " and to be familiar with the campus, meet some people and 08 Student Life
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April II7I2 Relay for Life walk around the track in Ahearn Field ouse while others play board games, eat and learn to salsa dance. " I was surprised at the turn out and the fun activities they had set up for us, " Derek Clements, tournament and the Miss Relay competition. " 4i lOurs EBlaiiBBMEuiae By Alex Yocum 10 Student Life
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