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Ice officially broken at FHSU

8/17/2012

By RANDY GONZALES

rgonzales@dailynews.net

It was supposed to last just an hour, but everybody was having so much fun Thursday night, the freshman orientation games lasted almost two hours.

Double the fun.

Playfair, a company from Berkeley, Calif., goes to college campuses as part of new student orientation programs.

"I think the whole message of Playfair is that it builds community," said Emily Andrews, a Playfair representative who was leading Fort Hays State University freshmen in social games at Lewis Field Stadium. "It breaks the ice for the students that are coming in, and feel like they don't know anyone.

"I make it easy for them, and I see the joy, and the magic it does at the end, when they feel like they're more comfortable with themselves, they've made some friendships, they made connections," she added. "They get to see what the school's about, and so we can embody that spirit for them."

After the fun was finished, Evan Jennings, a wide receiver for the FHSU football team from Tampa, Fla., was talking with some new female friends.

"Oh yeah, all the beautiful ladies here," are new friends, he said.

Part of the games involved dancing; ever the football player, Jennings was putting the moves on.

"It was awesome; I loved them all," he said of the games.

Morgan Lawrence, Dighton, also was spotted getting her groove thing on as members of her group took turns dancing around their circle.

"It was such a blast, gets you out of your shell," she said of the games. "Probably gets you (to be) a little more outgoing."

Andrews tailors each event to the crowd. A game that might work one night won't the next. She especially likes the dancing games.

"If I can get them to dance, it's one of my favorite things," she said. "I would say every show is different, because there's a different vibe."

Andrews travels the country hosting Playfair events on college campuses.

After Thursday night's gig at FHSU, it was on to Carbondale, Ill., where this afternoon she was supposed to welcome students at Southern Illinois University.

Andrews, who has been doing this for approximately 10 years, would like to keep on keeping on "for as long as I can."

"It keeps me young," she said. "It's a dream job, every time I go to a school."