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09/16/93

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Workshops, parties, free time on 1993 orientation schedule

STANFORD - Workshops on academic choices and diversity, a program on sexual responsibility, and a healthy dose of "mandatory free time" are among the orientation activities planned Sept. 23-28 for new freshmen and transfer students at Stanford University.

Arriving by plane, bus and car, the 1,616 freshmen and 120 transfer students will start moving into their dormitory rooms beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 23.

After lunch in their residences, they will walk with parents and family members to Frost Amphitheater for the official Stanford welcome at 2:15 p.m. Speakers will include Stanford President Gerhard Casper, Vice Provost for Student Affairs Mary Edmonds, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions James Montoya and 1993 Head Orientation Coordinator Victor M. Madrigal, a junior majoring in public policy.

Activities on Friday, Sept. 24, will acquaint the freshmen and transfers with academic life on campus. Students will have lunch with advisers in their residences, then head over to Memorial Auditorium at 1 p.m. for a program titled "A College Education . . . What For?" Yom Kippur services will be held at 6:15 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium.

Saturday, Sept. 25, will be a day for students to rest, catch up on errands, or attend the Stanford-UCLA football game. From 8:30 to 10 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium, students can attend "Faces of Community" - a program of slides, dramatic readings, dance and music celebrating the diversity of races, religions and nationalities on campus.

"Sex and Relationships in the '90s: Communication, Intimacy and Power" will be the focus of another Memorial Auditorium program, at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26. The dramatic student production, "for those who don't plan to have sex at Stanford and for those who might," will feature student actors in vignettes about common modern sexual dilemmas.

Programs in the remainder of the week will include an Art Gallery reception; workshops on faith and academics, student health and sexuality, women's perspectives on the Stanford experience, and public service; an all-class square dance; and a student activities fair.

A separate series of orientation programs and receptions is planned for the parents of new students. Classes will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

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