On Friday Aug. 31, 2012, Chargers marched to North campus for Fall Fest to celebrate with music, food, and games.
Music was provided by SCOPE, and the MC for the night was Ahjahta McDuffie, who introduced all the sports teams. Football, men’s and women’s cross country and track and field, soccer, basketball, baseball and softball, volleyball, tennis, and lacrosse were wished good luck in their upcoming seasons.
J.D. Chalifoux, a senior on the football team said, “It’s crazy time went by so fast, and I remember being a freshman when coach said you’ll blink and it will all be over, and that’s really true.”
This was Chalifoux’s last time being introduced to his peers at Fall Fest, and even though he cannot believe the past four years flew by, he could not be happier spending his last moments on the field with anyone other than the group of guys on the team that have really grown to feel like his own brothers.
Along with the athletic festivities, students could decorate their own foam fingers, megaphones, or tie-dye T-shirts sponsored by Chi Kappa Rho.
Big Blue Wrecking Crew hard hats were given away to freshmen and transfer students, and extra SOAR welcome week T-shirts were available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
There was also an inflatable bouncy bounce obstacle course that you could race an opponent through, or you could attempt to dunk various ORL leaders into a dunk tank. Another participant in the dunk tank was USGA President Patrick Kelland, and students waited anxiously for someone to hit the bulls-eye and send him plummeting into the water below.
Kelland volunteered to participate in the dunk tank, and said “I enjoyed being in the dunk tank, but the suspense was painful as I heard the ball hit but not actually trigger the release, and it was entertaining to see how many people wanted to dunk myself and the other orientation leaders.”
A BBQ-style dinner was served for the students and water bottles encouraging smart Charger choices to live above the influence were given out.
Charlie the Charger was boosting the school spirit as he walked around taking pictures with students, and tryouts for the next Charlie were being held.
The UNH Dance team preformed a routine and the UNH Cheerleaders introduced an original cheer to pump up the Charger’s blue and gold pride.