Spy Theme for Mission: NSO
Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 01:08
As each freshman and transfer student begins to figure out his or her mission at Georgetown, this year, they will get to participate in a different kind of mission: New Student Orientation.
The spy-themed incarnation of New Student Orientation kicked off Saturday and is scheduled to continue through Tuesday night.
The coordinators were inspired to choose the theme after participating in the Operation Spy program at the International Spy Museum. The museum was scheduled to assist with Sunday night’s events but cancelled at the last minute.
“We’d actually had a lot of changes this year. We’ve really revamped the [program] and presence on campus,” NSO Co-coordinator Sydney Davis (MSB ’15) said. “Every year we redo the events … and always try and add something in.”
NSO opened with a new prelude program, offering students the chance to move in early on Friday and meet with student leaders and administrators, like Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson.
“We chose students who showed interest in getting engaged and involved on campus early before classes began,” Davis said.
The invitees were gathered from applicants to pre-orientation programs who could not attend or were rejected. Eighty students accepted the invite, a number Davis described as unexpected.
Familiar mandatory activities also received face-lifts. The coordinators hired a theater program member to direct “Pluralism in Action.”
The NSO Show, a musical program that presents information about Georgetown in show form, was rebranded as “This is Georgetown: Navigating New Territory” and integrated sexual assault awareness into its programming. The play was followed by a discussion in orientation groups, allowing for further examination and education. Sexual assault peer educators and other students originally pushed for an hour-long sexual assault workshop to be added to NSO, but coordinators found such an event incompatible with the schedule.
New students enjoyed the show, and acknowledged the importance of sexual assault awareness.
“This sort of thing does happen on college campuses so I obviously believe it’s an important conversation to have,” Cameron Ward (COL ’17) said. “[The presentation] was informative.”
“I think the presentation we had … was very well done. I thought it was a fun and informative show and it was really relevant,” Ana Sofia Garcia (COL ’17) said. “It was a good reminder for everyone, and it wasn’t boring.”
Another new development this year included the addition of the NSO schedule to the Georgetown mobile app. The schedule was also available as a PDF on the NSO website, but no paper schedules were distributed to new students this year.
Registration for NSO, which was previously held on its own in Leavey Ballroom, was incorporated into the housing check-in process.