First Years arrive on August 28. Does that mean that their JAs are already on campus? Back in the day, JAs did orientation at the end of the prior school year and arrived just a bit before the freshmen. Several years ago (when?) this was changed to having JA orientation just before first year arrival. Either way, now is time for my annual suggestion: Teach all the first years the words to The Mountains. I just e-mailed the JA Co-presidents, asking them to pass it on to their fellow JAs. Do we have any JA readers who can let us know if they did?

Here is the letter from 2004. This year’s was much the same, with date changes and slight editing. Previous efforts here and here.

Will this work? Well, if the previous 15 years are any guide, No! But windmills need tilting at.

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