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Dragon Days

Sunday, September 20 to Sunday, September 27

Student Life celebrates the start of the fall and spring terms with Dragon Days activities and events. All students should take advantage of the opportunities to meet student organizations, learn about campus departments, and enjoy free fun and food.

If you have a disability and would like to request accommodations in order to participate in these or other events, contact the Office of Disability Resources at 215.895.1401 or disability@drexel.edu.

Fall 2015 Schedule of Events

Sunday, September 20

Welcome Back Week Mass
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Behrakis Grand Hall
Drexel Newman Catholic Community
Join us for a special Welcome Back Week mass on Sunday, September 20! Mass will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Behrakis Grand Hall. Be sure to stick around after mass to meet other members of Drexel Newman and enjoy some free food.

Jewish Life Carnival
2–4 p.m., Race Lawn
Jewish Student Association
This program will be held on Race Lawn on Drexel University's campus before the first week of classes. The Jewish Life Carnival is an event where Jewish organizations set up tables on Race Lawn and talk with freshman and transfer students about the Jewish life offerings and opportunities on Drexel's campus. In addition to having tables, this year we would like the Jewish Life Carnival to gain more of a carnival atmosphere, so we will have a dunk tank and a Gaga pit. Participants will be able to dunk a member of the Jewish Student Association's board into a tank of water. Participants will also be able to enjoy a game of Gaga.

Monday, September 21

Sundaes on Mondays
1–2:30 p.m., Mario Statue (33rd and Market streets)
Office of Campus Engagement
Kick off the term with some free and delicious ice cream. Join the Office of Campus Engagement for Sundaes on Monday. I scream, you scream, we all just love ice cream … and toppings.

SORC Open House
3–4 p.m., Student Organization Resource Center (Lower Level of Creese Student Union)
Check out everything the Student Organization Resource Center has to offer and meet the staff, graduate fellows, and student leaders who make up SAFAC and the Office of Campus Engagement! Enjoy music and free lunch and get to know how you can be involved on campus.

Tuesday, September 22

Drexel Sierra Club Clothing Swap
12–5 p.m., Race Street Lawn
Drexel Sierra Club Student Coalition
The Drexel Sierra Club will be hosting a Clothing Swap. We'll have a rack of gently or never worn clothes and students can come exchange their unwanted clothes for clothes on the rack. The Drexel Sierra Club is Drexel's only student-led environmental awareness group, and this event will promote the reuse and recycling of clothes. Any leftover clothing will be donated to Goodwill.

Activities Unlimited/Rec Fest
4–6 p.m., Recreation Fitness Plaza and Lancaster Walk
Campus Engagement and Recreational Athletics
Calling all Dragons! Be a part of the annual Activities Unlimited and Recreational Athletics Festival! Meet our student organizations and club sports officers; register for intramural sports, discover health, fitness and wellness opportunities; learn about our climbing program; and interact with Fraternity and Sorority Life representatives. Enjoy light food, refreshments, music, giveaways and games.

Yom Kippur Pre-Fast Meal and Services
4–8 p.m., Paul Peck Alumni Center's Mae Cadwalader Hollenback Board Room Gallery
Jewish Student Association
Please join the Jewish Student Association in welcoming the holiday of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in the Jewish calendar. Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement, where the sins of the Jewish people are forgiven. This is the day that the Book of Life is sealed. For nearly 26 hours, we abstain from food and drink.

Welcome Back Tie-Dyes
5–7:30 p.m., Race Lawn
Interprofessional Diversity Organization
Come join the Interprofessional Diversity Organization on this end-of-summer evening to Welcome Back the new school year with free tie-dye shirts! We will provide all of the necessary supplies (dyes, shirts, markers) to make your own tie-dye shirts to wear to class during the first week to help commemorate the beginning of a fantastic year at Drexel University! Whether you're a freshman or a senior, stop by Race Lawn for some free music, tie-dying and friend making!

Flag Football Try-On
6 p.m.
Recreational Athletics
Join Recreational Athletics as they present their annual Dragon Days Flag Football Try-On. Teams of six will compete in a single-elimination tournament to meet new friends and learn the rules for our Intramural Flag Football League! Registration for this tournament will take place on-site the day of the tournament and is open to all current Drexel students with a valid University ID. For more information, please contact Jillian Formanski, Assistant Director of Recreation, at intramurals@drexel.edu.

DMSA Welcome Back Social
6–8 p.m., Ross Commons 2nd Floor
Drexel Muslim Students Association
All are invited to welcome the new school year with the Drexel Muslim Students Association at the DMSA Dragon Days Social for a night of fun and meeting new people. There will be games, FREE FOOD and refreshments plus exciting announcements for the upcoming year. Bring your friends to enjoy the night alongside new and old members of the DMSA!

Extreme Ice cream Mania
6:30–8 p.m., Interfaith Chapel (3rd Floor of the Paul Peck Problem Solving Building)
Open Door Christian Community/Spiritual and Religious Life
Join Open Door Christian Community as we welcome you back to Drexel for ice cream and, of course, all the toppings. Engaging conversations will ensue along with some board games and maybe even a few impromptu improv games! Fun will be had by all — along with eating ice cream! What more could you want in a welcome back activity?

SWE's Welcome Back Event
7–8 p.m., Behrakis
Society of Women Engineers
Join us as we welcome the incoming freshman class of engineers as well as our members returning from co-op. Learn more about SWE while networking with fellow engineers. Refreshments will be served!

Wednesday, September 23

Student Life Center City Open House
11 a.m.–1:30 p.m., New College Building, Suite 1106
Student Life, Center City
Learn more about the Office of Student Life on the Center City Campus! We will be holding an Open House for all new and returning students to share information on all of the resources and opportunities available to Center City students. Come join us!

Splash a Sister
12–4 p.m., Lancaster Walk or Dragon Statue
Sponsored by Alpha Omega Epsilon
Throw water balloons at sisters! All the money raised will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LSS) for our Light the Night Walk.

Step Like a Dragon
2–4 p.m., Buckley Green Volleyball Courts
Blue Diamond Dragons Step Team
We are inviting you to join the dignified steppers of the Blue Diamond Dragons step team. We will be showcasing some of our best moves and are giving you the chance to participate in the fun. Come out and show your support! There will be music, dancing, and a lot of laughs. Oh yeah, don't forget snacks! We will be selling pretzels, lemonade, and iced tea to raise money for our step show in the spring!

Make Your Own Trail Mix & Light-up Card
3:30–4:30 p.m., Bossone 302
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Undergraduate Student Branch
This event will provide students a way to find out more about IEEE, meet the officers and also socialize while making their own personalized trail mix snack and creating electronic light-up cards together. IEEE will present a PowerPoint on upcoming events for this year and ways to get involved. This is aimed at Electrical and Computer Engineering students.

Splash for Starkey Fundraiser
4–6 p.m., Lancaster Walk
Delta Zeta
DZ sisters will be selling baked goods, the proceeds from which will go towards the Starkey Hearing Foundation, and handing out Swedish Fish with Starkey facts taped to them.

Beach Volleyball Try-On
6 p.m., Buckley Volleyball Courts
Recreational Athletics
Join Recreational Athletics as they present their annual Dragon Days Beach Volleyball Try-On. Teams of four will compete in a single-elimination tournament to meet new friends and learn the rules for our Intramural Volleyball League! Registration will take place on-site the day of the tournament and is open to all current Drexel students with a valid University ID. For more information, please contact Jillian Formanski, Assistant Director of Recreation, at intramurals@drexel.edu.

Latino Heritage Zumba Party
7 p.m., Fitness Plaza
In honor of Latino Heritage Month!
Zumba fuses international rhythms and easy-to-follow dance moves to create a dramatic workout that will blow you away! Experience Salsa, Reggaeton, Cha-Cha, Belly Dance, Cumbia, and more! Come shake your body with this aerobic dance party. All students and members welcome: NO MAX LIMIT! For more information contact: Lauren Dalton at fitness@drexel.edu.

Salsa Boot Camp
7–9 p.m., Main Atrium
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers & Salsa Club
Come join us for free Salsa lessons!

Welcome Back with Worlds Speak Freely!
7–9 p.m., Creese Student Center, Room 48E
Worlds Speak Freely
Join Worlds Speak Freely, Drexel's only English conversation club, for our first meeting of the term! We gather students from all over the world to chat, play games, share cultural experiences, and more. We also have events around the city planned for the upcoming term; take this chance to explore the surrounding areas in Philadelphia! We welcome all students — international, national, and local, as well as non–native English speakers. Native English speakers are more than welcome to join, too, to help fellow Drexel students practice their English (and maybe learn a few phrases from another language as well!).

Yom Kippur Services and Break the Fast
7–10 p.m., Behrakis Grand Hall – North
Jewish Student Association
Please join the Jewish Student Association in welcoming the holiday of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in the Jewish calendar. Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement, where the sins of the Jewish people are forgiven. This is the day that the Book of Life is sealed. For nearly 26 hours, we abstain from food and drink.

Friday, September 25

Healthy on a Run
4–5 p.m., Mario Statue
Drexel Nutrition Association
Get tips and tricks on how to be healthy on the run.

Sunday, September 27

Papal Mass Gathering
7:30 a.m., Meet at Race Lawn: Then walk to Papal Mass
Drexel Newman Catholic Community
We will be walking as a Drexel community to see the Pope on Ben Franklin Parkway and have mass with him. The mass starts at 4:00 p.m. We will be providing water and snacks because it will be an all-morning and -afternoon event. There is no charge. We will walk back after the mass is over.

Sukkot Services and First Meal in the Sukkah
7–9 p.m., In the Sukkah (location of Sukkah is still TBD)
Jewish Student Association
In honor of Sukkot's historical significance, we are commanded to dwell in temporary shelters, called sukkahs, as our ancestors did in the wilderness. Please join the Jewish Student Association in welcoming Sukkot and attending a Sukkot service followed by a dinner in the sukkah.