By Natasha Muhametzyanova, Contributing Writer
Before tests and research papers make you a permanent resident in a remote corner of the Elbin Library, mark some time in your calendar for campus events. After all, socializing is the key to a healthy lifestyle. This semester, activities on the Hilltop range from artistic to intellectual to athletic and everything in between, letting all students find a fun way to spend their free time.
The artsy types should visit the Nutting Gallery where the new faculty exhibition The Tree Show is on display through Feb. 8. Upcoming exhibitions also include: 3 Polish Artists (Feb. 14 – March 8), Michael Mikula / Glass (March 21 – April 12) and Spring Senior Exhibition (April 18 – May 10).
Prefer to make your own art? Paint n Sit returns at 8 p.m., Jan. 25, in the College Union Alumni Room.
Over in the world of theater, the Hilltop Players continue their season with a contemporary play “18 Victoria,” which opens on Feb. 22. In the spring, the Players will also treat the audience with the story of Juliet and her Romeo; Shakespeare’s classic will open on April 12.
Student favorite West Lib Idol will return every Wednesday in February at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. Sing and win prizes, or vote for your favorite performers; either way, West Lib Idol will be one of the most memorable events this semester.
For those who like to be the smartest person in the room (or not), the Campus Activities Board is bringing back Team Trivia every Wednesday after Spring Break. Not much of a team player? Test your luck with Bingo. Follow WL Activities on Instagram and Twitter for updates.
Don’t forget about your health. Check out Smoothie Nights at the Wellness Center or go to pilates at 8 p.m. every Wednesday in the Blatnik Dance Studio.
This spring, the Campus Activities Board also plans to treat students to some new events. According to the Campus Activities Coordinator Kate Billings, the Board and club leaders are planning an escape room, a new cardio class and partnerships with off-campus organizations.
“Our leaders have really hit the ground running this semester,” Billings said. “What is also great is a lot of our clubs and organizations have already reached out about partnerships. So there may be a comedian with WGLZ or a speaker with Phi Delta Theta. Hopefully, we can nail down some other events for March and April in the next few weeks.”
Don’t see events you like? Email your ideas to Billings at [email protected] or share them at the weekly Student Government meetings at 9 p.m. every Tuesday in the Alumni Room.