Students from Allies 2010 and Common Ground organized a "Mix It Up Day" Thursday, Feb. 18, a day in which students could cross boundaries and get to know new people. The event took place in the Westhampton Dining Room from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Students picked up "Hello, my name is..." nametags at the door as well as an index card with an animal sticker on it. The animal represented the table that the participant was assigned to, with designations including chickens, cows and sea creatures.

Each table was scattered with Starburst candies and streamers, as well as pieces of paper with icebreaker questions. The icebreakers included questions such as, "If you could be anyone else in the world, who would you be?"

Students entered eight raffles for prizes including gift cards to Jimmy John's and Chipotle.

As students ate their dinners and the desserts provided — such as cookies, cake and ice cream sundaes — they began to engage in conversations with fellow students and sing along to Miley Cyrus' "Party in the U.S.A."

Event facilitators included junior Jeremiah Morse, junior Kat Blanchard, senior Cloe Franko, sophomore Caitlin Manak, freshman Marc Branch, freshman Sharon Uti and senior Chelie Baker.

Once people started to finish their meals, the facilitators began raffling away prizes and gathering students in the center of the room for a variety of games, such as "Wah!"

If there was a tie at the end of a game, the contestants had to "veggie off," rather than face off, and on the count of three they had to do their best impression of a random vegetable called out by a judge.

The last game of the night was a rock-paper-scissors competition.

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