Leo Club’s member induction brings laughs, memories and new friendships

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Leo Club’s member induction brings laughs, memories and new friendships

Jennie Chen

Members gather to play a series of fun teamwork building games. Leo Club’s Annual Leo Induction was held on Nov. 15.

Members gather to play a series of fun teamwork building games. Leo Club’s Annual Leo Induction was held on Nov. 15.

The windy weather didn’t stop Leo Club members from attending the Annual Leo Induction this past Sunday at Jollyman Park.

“The member induction is an event that we hold every year to have members get a chance to know the officers, each other, and have a little fun,” Katie Chen, a senior and president of Leo Club said. “I definitely met a lot of new people through [past] induction[s].”

leoclub Shrieks and laughter ensued as members organized themselves on the field.

To test their newfound friendships, members split up into two teams for a relay. The first leg involved team members throwing M&M’s into their partners’ mouths. If they were successful in catching three or five in a row, teams could start a fast paced piggy back race across the park field and then begin throwing and catching a series of tennis balls.

“You can see that if they weren’t working together that the game would just fall apart,” said Vicki Fan, a junior and the club’s social manager. “So the whole point of it was to try to get everyone to work together, bond and mesh as a group.”

Other activities include jumping to catch donuts hanging from the playground structures. Members also split up again to compete in a few rounds of charades.

Other activities include jumping to catch donuts hanging from the playground structures. Members also split up again to compete in a few rounds of charades.

The club retreated to the shade for a few rounds of Mafia, a game where each player is assigned a role. The members chosen as the mafia pick a victim to “kill” at “night” when everyone else’s heads are down. After the mafia has chosen, the victim is announced and the surviving players test their teamwork by working together to identify and eliminate the mafia amongst them.

“It was a great way to get to know more people and cheating was really fun,” freshman Prateek Kaushik said with a laugh.

Members hands shoot up when deciding to eliminate the suspected mafia amongst them. The game was a great way for team members to collaborate, communicate, and share a few laughs

Members hands shoot up when deciding to eliminate the suspected mafia amongst them. The game was a great way for team members to collaborate, communicate, and share a few laughs

Questions such as “Wait, what’s your name again?” and quick self introductions could be heard among the accusations and the indignant reactions that followed.

“I didn’t know any of them when I came here in the beginning,” Kaushik said, “but now I’m comfortable talking to them.”

As they headed from the shade back to the field, the club members exchanged jokes and conversations like a close knit family.