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Pre-Orientation Programs Go Virtual, Rename to “Zip, Zap, Zop”

1300 first-years delightedly played zip zap zop for a record 168 hours.

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Following the trend of adding a “Z” to every activity transferred to Zoom, the DSO recently decided to pool their 3 traditional Pre-Orientation programs - FIP, FAP, and FOP - into a one-week virtual game of “Zip, Zap, Zop.”

The drama game is traditionally played in a circle where all participants clap and sequentially point and say "zip, zap, and zop." Adapted to the Pre-Orientation format, each participant will wear a sign indicating which group they belong to and point accordingly.

“Although it means missing out on building international families, writing a musical, and peeing in the woods, we think this will be a really unique opportunity to polish our ‘Zip, Zap, Zop’” skills, DSO Dean Smith, said.

IT Director Thomas Miller recently formed a “Zip, Zap, Zop, ZOOM” committee to optimize the students’ experience. While still in its infant phases, the team has gone so far as to simulate silent games where students “raise hand” instead of pointing.

Smith added that they are implementing focus groups to determine whether “ZIP, ZAP, ZOP, ZUP, ZYRE, ZCU” would sound as catchy.  

At press time, incoming first-years asked if they could play park bench for the second half of the week.

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