Time between classes offers opportunity to explore campus
It happens to everyone: a time gap between classes leaves you wondering what to do. The break is too short to go home for a nap, but is too long to sit around waiting for class. Luckily, there are plenty of activities around CU to banish your boredom blues.
One of the best places to go to relax in between classes is the UMC. It has it all; from shopping to art to food. The CU Book Store is great for someone who loves to shop. The store has tons of brand-name merchandise including Billabong, Roxy and Urban Decay. They also have a big selection of CU gear like sweatshirts, hats and sweat pants.
If shopping isn’t your thing, you can cruise over to the Connection. The Connection offers pool tables, bowling lanes and arcade games.
“It’s perfect for people who need to kill like 50 minutes,” Julia Fletcher, manager of the Connection, said. “We get a lot of pool players. Everyone eventually gets to know each others. It’s real cool.”
The Connection is open from 11 a.m. to midnight on Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday. For a student, it is $2.25 to rent a lane and $2 per hour for a pool table.
If you want a more mellow environment, just climb up to the second floor and visit the UMC Art Gallery. The quiet ambiance allows a true art lover to really enjoy their free time from classes. “Convergence and Divergence in Contemporary Ceramics” is the present exhibit and will run until Feb. 16. This show recognizes different student and professional artists. The UMC Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The CU Art Museum located in the Sibell Wolle Fine Arts building also offers a display to browse through between classes. The museum has a permanent collection of over 5,000 pieces of art. These range from various cultures and time periods. It is completely non-profit, making it one of only two non-profit art agencies in the metropolitan area. “Faculty Exhibition” is the upcoming exhibit and will run from Feb. 1 to March 23. This exhibit will feature paintings, video installations, ceramics and much more from the art faculty of the Department of Art and Art History at CU.
Still bored? There’s one more thing you might want to check out. The CU Museum of Natural History, found in the Henderson building, is full of things to see. The museum contains around 4 million objects found in the fields of anthropology, biology and paleontology.
In the Anthropology Hall, items include pottery and tools from various tribes such as the Navajo, Zuni and Hopi tribes. The biology section has many animals that live in the Rocky Mountains such as bald eagles, bob cats and Colorado hairstreak butterflies on display. Fossils from the Rocky Mountain regions are shown in the Paleontology Hall. A temporary exhibit comprised of Navajo weaves runs until March 2.
At noon on Feb. 8, a free lunch series is also taking place at the history museum.
“It’s a great opportunity for people to come, eat and see things in the museum,” said Susanna Drogsvold, assistant to the director. She mentioned that the food is free and the presentations are interesting to view.