Aug

27

Breaking the Ice

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icebreakerIn which Bwog staff member Katie Reedy cogitates about alternative ice breakers to the traditional “two truths and a lie,” and “the name game” for Orientation Leaders and RAs, who will be faced with a group of (most likely wet), frightened, and homesick first-years tomorrow afternoon.

– Get postmodern: Bring a chisel, a block of ice, and break it.

– Best “being lost” (physically or emotionally) story, from recent memory or deep in childhood

– Best/worst hair experience (gum, cutting it yourself, etc.)

– Best cautionary tale your parents told you about New York

– Funny things your initials spell or could stand for

– Biggest irrational fear/huge misconception from childhood

– Favorite made-up word/Make up a word and a definition on the spot

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18 Comments

  1. i think

    these are not very funny.

  2. yeah

    our ra read out how his manual actually suggested the breaking ice thing in my freshman year. we groaned at the book and now we grown at you

  3. yeah

    our ra read out how his manual actually suggested the breaking ice thing in my freshman year. we groaned at the book and now we groan at you

  4. i think breaking  

    a block of ice would be a great icebreaker. i'm quite serious.

  5. Unix

    Who did Columbia Concerts book for the Concert on the Steps next Saturday?

  6. Ah!  

    It's a secret! Bwog, of course, will leak it shortly.

  7. well

    the scar game can get people to open up - i.e., pick a scar and tell everyone how you got it (i suppose emotional scars would be acceptable). and of course, the perenially popular link.

  8. DHI

    "Best cautionary tale your parents told you about New York "
    This would quickly escalate into who-knows-more-about-New-York one-uppery and instant hatred.

    • and the scar thing?

      "look what more of a cool/active life I had!"

      my first JJ floor meeting was like an overachiever's ball...everyone was a band member who had trekked across south america "motorcycle diaries" style. I was like "hi, I'm from massachusetts, I like...uh...art?"

  9. everyone

    tries to be a badass at orientation. i was like "here are my 2 truths and a lie: my favorite color is pink, i was a high school cheerleader, and i got arrested this summer." pause. "aha! my favorite color is RED!" and then of course i had to tell my arrest story like i was literally the word's coolest person.
    it's ridiculous shit like that that makes the first week so amazing. and SO lame.

  10. let's be realistic

    Just buy a few gallons of cheap wine and let the ice break itself. Damn, I must be the best OL.

  11. even better

    I also enjoyed the icebreaker suggestion, but I have to say I think that going post-post-modern and just talking about getting a block of ice to break, as we're doing here, is probably the ideal way of getting to know people.

  12. numanu  

    i dont understand how this was posted at the same time when katie reedy was singing about benny and his jetts...

  13. 2 truths and a lie

    My favorite color is purple
    I tried to kill myself last year
    I shat myself while I was talking just now

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