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College of Lake County uses free food to welcome students back to campus for new school year

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  • Joel Munoz of Waukegan, left, has a wax hand mold made by Gershom Rangai of Leaping Lizards Entertainment on Monday, the first day of classes at the College of Lake County. CLC Student Activities offered free pizza, popcorn, sandwiches and soda pop, as well as a climbing wall and free wax hands.

       Joel Munoz of Waukegan, left, has a wax hand mold made by Gershom Rangai of Leaping Lizards Entertainment on Monday, the first day of classes at the College of Lake County. CLC Student Activities offered free pizza, popcorn, sandwiches and soda pop, as well as a climbing wall and free wax hands.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • College of Lake County students fill out forms for the Pace Campus Connection card during the first day of classes Monday. For $175, students can ride any Pace bus in the suburbs during the semester.

       College of Lake County students fill out forms for the Pace Campus Connection card during the first day of classes Monday. For $175, students can ride any Pace bus in the suburbs during the semester.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
By Gilbert R. Boucher II
gboucher@dailyherald.com

College of Lake County students crowded the Grayslake campus' main lobby patio to grab free submarine sandwiches, pizza, and soda pop on the first day of classes.

It was all part of Welcome Week presented by the Student Life activities group that also offered a climbing wall, waxed hand sculptures, 101.9 The Mix radio station, Pace Bus and information from various campus organizations.

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"We are welcoming students back from the summer," CLC Student Activities Assistant George Gonzaga said Monday. "I think it's good for students to feel welcome, have fun and be relaxed with all the stress of the first week."

Students chowed down on 84 mini subway sandwiches from Jersey Mikes within the first 10 minutes of the event. Some 250 pizza slices from Italian Ovens Pizzeria and 300 doughnut holes from Lovin Oven also were consumed throughout the lunch hours.

"It's pretty cool. It gives students time to bond with other students. The pizza was good, especially on the first day. The Pace card is real useful to me," said CLC student Marisa Lopez of Waukegan.

Pace Bus was offering Campus Connection passes on its Ventra cards for $175, allowing students to ride any Pace suburban bus during the fall semester.

Leaping Lizards Entertainment gave students a chance to immortalize their hands in wax, while Clowning Around Celebration Authority put up a climbing wall for people to test their skill.

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