As a former Lewis-Clark State College student I know it can seem like there’s not much happening on campus.
But that is simply not the case, with plenty of activities and events to keep students busy and oftentimes fed.
Here are some things LCSC students should add to their bucket list:
Food and Culture Night
For me, this is the event that starts off the first semester. Multicultural week is usually in September and the dinner is the highlight of the event and I made sure I went every year, and still do. It’s a free dinner featuring all kinds of food from all around the world. It’s delicious, it let’s you try new things and did I mention: free food?
Spanish Bad Poetry Night
Spanish Club always has fun events but this was always my favorite. After a trip to Taco Cecy’s with friends go to Spanish Bad Poetry night, which is full of laughs. Anyone can join in and all it takes is one Spanish word, like “taco.”
Attending an event at Silverthorne/Center for Arts & History/Amphitheater
With the new renovation to the Silverthorne there are all kinds of reasons to attend: concerts, movies, plays and comedians. The Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History is another great venue for experiencing the arts and they often have readings throughout the year. Poetry readings are the best there. And the amphitheater is just a classic and cool outdoor venue.
As a student you get in for free anyway (or at least it’s easy to sneak in). All kinds of works of art, trinkets, clothes and, of course, food. Plus it’s usually at the end of the spring semester, so treat yourself to a few new things as a reward for surviving the year.
Jitterz down in the Student Union Building and Dok’s outside the SUB offer a lot of the same things — coffee, teas and my favorite, smoothies. But don’t stop with drinks, they also have the best breakfast biscuits containing ham, cheese and a variety of other flavors like jalapenos. They are a great, quick way to fill you up if you are starving, which will be often. Be sure to ask them to heat it up, or better yet, get in early when they’re still warm.
Eat Indian Tacos
The best part about Native American Awareness Week (usually in the spring), other than the tepees that they set up, is the day they sell Indian Tacos (they do it throughout the year as well). Whatever they cost, it’s worth it because fry bread is worth it. Fry bread will open your taste buds to all kinds of wonders.
Play the piano in the SUB
This poor piano is locked up most of time but if you ask the front desk for the key you can play the piano for everyone in the SUB to hear. You don’t have to be creative, with the most common tunes played being “The Entertainer” and “My Heart Will Go On.” If people complain about it being too noisy (it’s the SUB when isn’t it noisy?) tell them there’s a thing called a library that has strict rules about silence.
Have class outside
Conspire with fellow classmates to have classes outside. The campus is beautiful and has plenty of spaces for a class to sit on benches, tables, grass or have class in the amphitheater. Nothing is better than discussing western literature in a tepee (set up for Native American Awareness Week) or reading the Greek tragedy “Antigone” in the amphitheater. Plus, it’s a breath of fresh air.
Rent movies from the library
You’re a college student. You’re poor, but if you want to keep up on the latest in entertainment check out movies at the library, which actually has a fairly decent selection of modern movies from “Hunger Games” to superhero flicks, Disney movies and independent films. The movies at the library aren’t just a bunch of documentaries.
Go in the Clock Tower
I don’t know if you actually can do this but I always wanted to find out. Maybe there’s some kind of hunchback living up there? If you can’t, take a few moments to look at it from the outside — it’s magnificent and the chimes will help you get to class on time and keep professors on track.