Winter blues at the U: Casting away cabin fever

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By Meghan Keator

Whether you love the chilly winter weather or absolutely loath it, there is something for everyone to do at Union in order to keep your blood pumping and prevent cabin fever from taking over the dorms.

For those of you who bravely take on the challenges of daunting snowy weather and thoroughly enjoy those below zero wind-chills, then Union has a plethora of fun wintery activities on campus to accommodate you this term!

If you enjoy skating, then stop by Messa Rink on Sundays from 2 to 3:45 p.m. for open skating.

Admission is free for all Union students who present their ID, and skates can be rented for three dollars, if needed.

Not a fan of flailing and falling on ice, but enjoy watching people who are actually pretty skilled on skates? Then attend the Dutchmen and Dutchwomen’s hockey games on home ice.

The Dutchwomen’s next home game at Messa Rink will be on Jan. 18 against long-time rivals RPI at 4 p.m.

Upcoming games for the Dutchmen include a match on Jan. 24 against Harvard at 7 p.m. and the Mayor’s Cup Game the following day on Jan. 25.

The Mayor’s Cup Game will host a heated matchup of Union College against rival RPI at the Times Union Center in Albany.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the game will promptly begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for students and children and $15 for adults. They will be available online for purchase at ticketmaster.com.

However, a limited amount of student tickets will be available for this game at the Student Activities Center (fourth floor of Reamer Campus Center) and sign-ups for these tickets will begin Thursday, Jan. 16.

More details will be announced closer to the date. Don’t miss out on one of the biggest games of the season; bring some gloves, deck yourself out in garnet, and get ready to brandish your Union pride!

Looking to enjoy winter by spending time outside but perhaps off campus? One option to look forward to is the local ski trips that Union’s ski club will be hosting.

Ski trips to Jiminy Peak will take place on Thursdays in January, and sign-ups for these trips begin each Monday morning at the Student Activities office.

Best of all, sign-ups for skiing and boarding at Jiminy Peak are free! A bus will leave on Thursdays at 5 p.m.

If your schedule is too busy to cram a weekday skiing trip in, then weekend trips are also available.

The next weekend ski trip will be to Gore Mountain on Jan. 25.

There will most likely be a fee for this trip, and more details for sign up times will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

If neither of these dates work for your schedule, but you are still aching to tear up the slopes, then you have the option to plan your own ski and boarding trip to Maple Ski Ridge.

Located just around the corner from the Rotterdam Square Mall, just outside of Schenectady, this ski slope offers a double chair lift, both skiing and snowboarding lessons, and night hours.

For skiing hours and rates, visit their site at mapleskiridge.com.

Not a big fan of spending time out in the cold? Warm up with some inside events to avoid the winter elements.

There are many on-campus events held inside to choose from. LOL Wednesdays will take place each week so that you can laugh off your winter blues. Each Wednesday, a comedian will perform at 10 p.m. in Old Chapel; upcoming comedians include Omid Singh (Jan. 22) and Gordon Baker-Bone (Jan. 29).

Want to tap into your competitive side this winter? Join fellow Union students and compete against them at Bingo Night!

On Friday, Jan. 31, at 10 p.m. in the upper-class dining hall, U-Program will be hosting a night of Bingo. So get ready to put on your game face and avoid freezing outside for a few hours.

Another great option to thwart winter boredom is to catch up on some new movies!

No, staying in your dorm watching Netflix does not count; that will most likely promote cabin fever.

However, from Friday through Monday each week, free movies will be playing in Reamer auditorium.

For a list of movies and times, see the posters in Reamer Campus Center or stop by/call Student Activities.

Also, for those looking to leave campus for a night, discounted tickets for both Regal and Bow Tie Cinemas ($5 per ticket) are available for purchase in the Student Activities office.

Whether you love the cold or love to hate it, Union College and local Schenectady are the places to be, as they are filled with a multitude of activities and events that are guaranteed to be fun for all.

So what are you waiting for? Grab a friend or a group, hit pause on that Netflix show, and take advantage of all the exciting wintery seasonal events that this area has to offer!

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