Campus Center’s Bike Program

by Tamanna Akram on November 18, 2015


The Warch Campus Center offers a bike program for all students on campus. You can rent out bikes from 8am until 10pm by just giving your ID at the Information Desk. Many students take advantage of this program as it is completely free of cost.

Our campus often takes initiatives such as this one, to make our lives so much better. It is a way of promoting a healthy lifestyle and it also provides us a way to get around Appleton, without having to spend hundreds of dollars on a bike. For many of us, it is a huge help!

Everyday a good number of students check out these bikes from the Information Desk. They can also borrow a helmet and a light to go with them.

For many students who do not have a car on campus, renting out bikes free of cost is a very helpful program. They use it to go to work, to get around town, to go grocery shopping, and some people rent out bikes in groups just to get off campus for a little while. This program has indeed made traveling convenient for students on campus.

For someone who does not know how to ride a bike (me!), watching everyone rent out these bikes and going around town really sparked my interest to learn how to ride it. I rented out these bikes numerous times over the summer and practiced behind the campus center (it didn’t help much, mainly because I was scared.)

One of my best friends borrowed the bike almost every day over the summer. When I asked him what he thought about the program, he said, “The Bike Program is useful for me when I have to go to the Alex Gym or shop somewhere close because I do not have a car.”

The bike program is really popular on campus.I am looking forward to learning how to ride a bike successfully and make use of this program next term!


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by Matthew Geleske on November 9, 2015

Back when I was a prospie, my chief concerns were slightly less lofty than pristine academics, engaging professors, and a shiny degree. I was aware that these things were important pieces in the puzzle that is life, but as an 18 year old I was kinda focused on a different thing: fun. In high school I had a very close friend group with whom I enjoyed spending time with, but what could a 1,500 kid school (half the size of my high school) offer me for fun during my free time?

I arrived at Lawrence a classic freshman. I knew no one and thought that I would have a lot of trouble making the first great transition of my life.  It turned out, however, that every single other freshman around me was going through the same existential crisis.  It was over this that we bonded. I became extremely close with my floormates. We hung out, ate meals together, laughed a lot, and I began to miss my home less and less. We even ended up pledging the same fraternity.

Quick side bar here. Greek life at Lawrence is very atypical of most schools. Entering college I NEVER thought that I would join a fraternity, but I gave it a shot (mostly because my friends were doing it.) Then, unexpectedly, I kinda found something great. The guys here were far from the classic beer swilling frat boys that bad late night comedies had led me to believe. In fact, I found that we had a lot in common. We all liked to watch sports, quote Lord of the Rings, and enjoy each other’s company. Many Greeks are heavily involved in the community and even lead discussions and awareness over important social topics such as sexual violence and racial issues. I had found my support community, and most importantly (to me), I was having fun at school.

This weekend we threw our biggest event of the year: Beach Bash. A long standing tradition, Beach Bash is one last celebration of the last gasps of warm weather before the long winter. The party is most known for its novelty. A couple of days before, we all gather to shovel 14 tons of sand in the basement.

Here’s us just before getting to work.


It’s a ludicrous amount of work, but there’s a certain comradery that spawns from all the craziness that I wouldn’t trade for anything. As a senior, this year’s Beach Bash gave me a certain amount of nostalgia for all the good times that it brought throughout my time at Lawrence.


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Sunday Brunch

November 4, 2015

“I still remember tasting that biscuit and hot gravy during brunch and making the decision that yes, I’m going to come to Lawrence!” Yep, that’s exactly what one of my friends had to say about our Sunday brunch. It is indeed something to be proud of. You can see community members filling the Commons- kids, […]

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A Kaleidoscope of Music

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Hi everyone! Wow, has it been a busy term so far! I’ve been wanting to write for quite some time now, but I’ve been so busy with concerts and conservatory/musical events ever since fall term started on September 14th! One of my favorite parts of being a student in the conservatory here at Lawrence is […]

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Reading Period

October 25, 2015

Fall reading period is here. No class on the Thursday and Friday of Week 6 combined with the weekend means a glorious four days fall weather, football, and Netflix. Campus takes on a particularly relaxed atmosphere as many students use the long weekend to travel and visit their families. This is our time to unwind. Oh, […]

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