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College of Sciences students come together for the first time

By Mary Burkey ’13
PAMS Council President and PAMS Communications Assistant

More than 200 students came pouring into Riddick Hall last Friday night, February 1, for the first-ever College of Sciences Student Party.

The gathering, hosted jointly by the PAMS Council and Agri-Life Council, was held to commemorate the merger of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences with four undergraduate programs from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to form the new College of Sciences. The event served as an opportunity for students to meet their new colleagues and get updates on the merger from their council presidents.

Outside of the speakers, there were plenty of activities and food to make the evening fun. At the height of the party, almost every table in the Riddick Hearth was occupied by a board game. Similarly, the classrooms and projectors were also put to use with Halo, Super Smash Bros, Rock Band, League of Legends, poker, Magic the Gathering, and a game of Mafia that lasted well after the party was over. Free food was also provided, the highlight being a giant home-baked vanilla and chocolate sheet cake that was gone within 20 minutes.

Perhaps most importantly, students had the opportunity to submit questions in advance of an upcoming COS Student Town Hall Meeting to be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, in Dabney 124. These questions will be posed to Dean Dan Solomon and Associate Dean Jo-Ann Cohen. Students who were not able to attend can still submit questions to me at or just bring your question with you to the Town Hall Meeting.

A photo gallery from the party can be viewed on Flickr.