You’re a freshman. Your dorm room is set up, your mini-fridge is stocked and you and your roommate have established that awkward “sure, we might as well be friends” relationship. Now what?
The College has one of the most active campus communities this side of Princeton, with countless clubs and groups to join including our very own radio station and an extremely talented theater group. Below are some previews of what lies ahead for your first semester here at the College:
College Union Board
Looking for a quick cure from on-campus boredom? The College Union Board (CUB) hosts weekend events, including film nights, Rathskeller concerts and performances by famous bands and comedians. It will kick off the year with its Dive-In Movie at the Packer Hall pool on Aug. 26. This year you can go for a late night swim while watching “Blades of Glory” and “Stomp the Yard.”
CUB will launch its Saturday Night film series with “Spiderman 3” on Sep. 1 at 8 p.m. in the Travers/Wolfe Main Lounge. You can stop by every Saturday night and catch your favorite summer box office hits including “The Simpsons,” “Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix” and “Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End.”
In the spring, be on the lookout for CUB’s annual concert held in Kendall Hall. Last year The Academy Is. and Copeland stopped by and delivered a raucous performance to a packed house.
According to CUB director Alex Mazella, there is a possibility that Simpsons director David Silverman could drop by for a lecture and a presentation of never-before-seen animations and clips of everyone’s favorite Springfield residents.
CUB urges all students to come to its weekly meetings, held at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Brower Student Center, to learn more about the group.
WTSR 91.3 FM
The campus radio station will continue to bring its brand of “new alternative variety” to the airwaves surrounding Trenton, South Jersey and Upper Bucks County, Pa. Last year, WTSR was one of the first stations to spin tracks from breakthrough artists like MuteMath, The Editors and The Fray before their new albums achieved mainstream popularity.
This year, aside from blasting music that will “open your mind,” it will hold several events around campus, including “Lavathon ’07.” During “Lavathon,” station manager Pat Lavery remains on air for 24 hours straight to raise money for WTSR.
The station, which is located in the basement of Kendall Hall, will be expanding its publicity this semester, with live broadcasts from Eickhoff Hall, station-sponsored shows at the 499 Room in Trenton and continuing its live coverage of Trenton Devils hockey and Lions’ football, basketball and baseball.
Lavery encourages anyone even slightly interested in radio to join up with the station.
“Joining WTSR can be an extremely rewarding experience, one that will allow you to let your voice be heard and as the station slogan says ‘open your mind!'” Lavery said.
All-College Theatre (ACT), the College’s main theatre troupe, will entertain the campus with two productions this semester. On Oct. 9, it will light up Kendall Hall with its rendition of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy “Hamlet.” The story of the tortured prince’s quest to avenge his father’s death will run for five nights in the Don Evans Black Box Theatre. Auditions will be held on Sept. 5 and 7 in Forcina Hall room 134.
In November, ACT will hold its annual “Murder Mystery Dinner,” an audience-interactive performance where the entire cast is suspect. Far from your traditional performance, the mystery dinner is chock full of zany characters, a catered dinner and wacky plot twists all for a meager entry fee.
“I am really excited about this season. Both ‘Hamlet’ and the ‘Murder Mystery Dinner’ have a huge cast, so I’m looking forward to seeing some new faces,” Amanda Ganza, president of ACT, said. “We need some new additions to our crazy theater family!”