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UND Music Department organizes 'escape room' for orientation

Jace Erickson, a senior at UND, enters in the correct password so the students and faculty can "escape" the room.1 / 2
Whitney Berry, the organizer of the "escape room" orientation, helps explain some of the clues to incoming freshman and faculty members.2 / 2

Most orientations on the first day of college are nearly the same: Students who don't know each other sit in a large auditorium while faculty members make announcements and introduce themselves.

The UND Music Department tried something a little different Monday morning by organizing an "escape room" activity for incoming music majors.

Instead of those traditional announcements and introductions, students and faculty worked beside each other to solve a puzzle of clues so they could "escape" the room.

"I really wanted to build this concept of people working together, and that's kind of the overarching message of the activity," said instructor Whitney Berry, who organized the activity.

Students and faculty were divided into seven different groups, all with different clues that came together to solve the puzzle. The puzzle came together to spell "AlmaMater," and the orientation ended with music majors singing the UND alma mater.

Classes at UND began at 4 p.m. Monday.

Wade Rupard

Wade Rupard is a reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. Rupard is a 2014 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and is originally from Normal, Ill. 

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