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Triton Power Hour One of Myriad
Activities Held to Welcome Students to Campus

By Ioana Patringenaru | September 25, 2006

UCSD Dance Team
UCSD's dance team performs during the Triton Power Hour Sept. 18.

Hundreds of hands started clapping, slowly at first, then faster and faster. Finally, Chancellor Marye Anne Fox walked onto the stage at RIMAC, wearing a Tritons baseball shirt. She turned to the hundreds of students in the bleachers and sought to reassure them.

“We’re here for you,” she said. “This is a great family. Go UCSD!”

Fox was taking part in the Triton Power Hour, a pep rally held Sept. 18 as part of Welcome Week. Later in the week, students took part in several barbecues, fairs and dances. They also competed in the UnOlynmpics, a tournament that includes water balloon relay races and cheering and dancing contests.

UCSD Dance Team
A student competes in a water balloon relay race during the UnOlympics Sept. 20.
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But it all started Monday with the Triton Power Hour. Dan Noel, a senior majoring in political science, kicked off the event to the “Mission: Impossible” soundtrack. He was dangling over the stage in a harness. “There may be six colleges, but there’s only one UCSD,” he told the audience when he finally landed on the stage. Noel and his co-host, Kari Gohd, the Associated Students Commissioner of Athletics, then proceeded to warm up the crowd with some help from UCSD cheerleaders.

“You-See” the cheerleaders chanted while forming pyramids. “Ssss-Deee” the audience replied.

Then it was time for Chancellor Fox to speak, but not before Noel introduced her as “one heck of a mother for UCSD.” Fox took the introduction in stride, saying she wasn’t sure anyone had ever called her that.

After Fox spoke, students watched a video promoting athletics at UCSD. They heard from several student athletes and alumni. They also vied for goodies, including a mountain bike, an Xbox and a surfboard. Ashley Cheung, a student from the San Francisco Bay Area, won a snowboard. A friend she met at orientation will teach her how to use it, she said, adding she liked the Power Hour. “It got everyone involved and it had a lot of spirit.”

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After the rally, students crowded onto Ridge Walk to check out booths at a services fair. Quite a few also lined up to talk to Chancellor Fox, who was greeting students and handing out cookies. Revelle freshman Stephanie Austin said she asked the chancellor about the best advice she would give first-year students. Be flexible and meet people was the answer.

“It liked it,” Austin said, about the opportunity to meet the chancellor in person. “It puts a face with the name and the job.”

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