by Lauren Turner on May 27, 2019

Lawrence University is a tough school to go to. The professors and classes are tough, and they make you work very hard. Finals, however, can be one of the hardest times of the term. As students, especially during spring term, we are running on fumes trying to make it through our last week of classes and then finals, before finally making it to summer break. It is an extremely exhausting time, and it can be hard to catch a break and relax mentally. Lawrence has several different things they do to help make the end of the terms better. For instance, last term they had a Hawaiian themed day in the Commons where they had several different traditional Hawaiian meals available, as well as a snow cone stand! However, spring term can be even tougher for us students. We’re tired, exhausted, and just ready to leave! However, there is one thing that makes campus much more exciting for us! LUaroo!

LUaroo is a Lawrence University music festival that occurs on campus at the end of every spring term. It usually occurs Memorial weekend and is always a blast! Every spring term, it is held outdoors on the quad. It usually starts around 12 pm and goes into the late evening (until around 11 pm) on Saturday and Sunday. Throughout the weekend, many different student groups and individuals perform at LUaroo each year. Several student groups that performed this year are Awake for Birds, Jamil & the Litterbox Kids, The Burnstein Boys, and Daniel Green. However, there aren’t just student groups performing. There are several touring bands and duos that are booked as well. These groups usually perform later in the evening though. It can all be a ton of fun though! You can enjoy the music whether you like dancing or not. Many people simply kick off their shoes and just enjoy the sun while they listen to the music.

However, listening to the different groups perform isn’t the only thing you can do at LUaroo. There are always different summer games that people can play behind the stage on the quad. For instance, there is a beach volleyball court that people can play in. You can also throw balls or frisbees around on the quad. The area behind the sound tent is actually reserved specifically for people playing games like that! However, games and music aren’t the only things available at LUaroo. The café, which offers a lot of different food normally, adds a lot of new stuff to buy just for LUaroo weekend. For instance, for LUaroo this year, the café is selling walking tacos! Having tried some myself, I can vouch that they are delicious! They are basically normal tacos but mixed in a Fritos bag! They are delicious and easy to walk around with; the perfect festival food! LUaroo also offers something for the students over 21 year old; a beer garden. Students over the age of 21 can purchase and drink beer in the beer garden from 3-9 pm. They also sell many other things at LUaroo, such as sunscreen, glitter and glow sticks! One thing they don’t sell at LUaroo though are plastic water bottles, in an attempt to reduce waste. Overall, LUaroo is a really fun way to de-stress and have fun before finals, and a great part of Lawrence culture!

My friend and I at LUaroo 2019!

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Greek Week

by Lauren Turner on May 12, 2019

Spring term is an exciting part of the year at Lawrence. Plenty of activities and events occur on campus throughout spring term, from the masterwork to LUaroo (the all-weekend music festival held on the quad at the end of spring term). However, there is another huge event that is tons of fun during spring term: Greek Week!

Greek Week is held every spring term by the Panhellenic Council on campus. The council is made up of members from several different Greek organizations on campus. They organize many events throughout the year to facilitate good conversation about Greek life on campus, and to help dispel any stereotypes that people may have about Greek life. Our greek life is a strong part of campus, but it isn’t something that you have to do. We have many students at Lawrence who don’t necessarily want to be involved in Greek life, and that’s ok! All of the events that each different fraternity hosts are open to anyone, whether they’re in Greek life or not. We have several different fraternities and sororities on campus, traditional and non-traditional. We have several fraternities on campus, including Sig Ep, Delt, Phi Tau, and Beta. Some of these groups do have houses on the quad, but many of the houses aren’t involved in Greek life. Some of our other houses include Dance House, Gaming House, and Draheim. We also have several sororities, including Kappa, Theta, and DG. We also have a POC sorority, Beta Psi Nu. While none of these sororities have houses on campus, they do have rooms in Colman Hall, which also houses the Panhellenic Council headquarters. We also have several other groups, including Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Sigma Alpha Iota. Both of these are groups that are heavily involved with music and the conservatory.

Greek week is an event held by Panhel. It involves every Greek group on campus, and is an entire week of fun events hosted by each group. The week always kicks off at the beginning of the week (on Monday) with Lip Sync! In Lip Sync, several of the fraternities and sororities perform lip synced dances to certain themes, like Boy Bands (Kappa’s theme this year), 80s Rock (DG’s theme), or Workout (Sig Ep’s theme this year that won 1st place). However, Lip Sync isn’t the only this happening during Greek Week. Every day we have a different event hosted by a different sorority or fraternity. On Tuesday, my sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, hosts Too Hot to Handle, which used to be a hot wing eating contest turned cookout on the quad. On Wednesday, DG hosts Anchor Splash, a syncronized swimming competition in the Wellness Center, which is always very fun! Delt also hosts a carnival on the quad as well! Thurdays have Kicks for Kasa, a kickball tournament hosted by Theta. The weekend always brings along many more events hosted by different groups. On Friday, Beta Psi Nu hosts their ‘Beta Bloom Bash’ with water balloons. Meanwhile, Saturday has ‘The Battle of the Bands” hosted by Sig Ep, a singing competition, Phi Tau’s ‘Pride Walk’, and the SAI ‘Con Prom’ hosted in the Conservatory Saturday night. The week finally ends with Beta’s pancake breakfast that they host in their house. The entire week is busy and tons of fun! Each event is also incredible, because all the money that each group makes on their events goes to one of the organizations that that group volunteers and is involved with. It’s also great, because anyone can join in on the fun! They don’t need to be involved in Greek life to join in on any of the events! It’s a really fun week, and a great part of life at Lawrence.

Kappa Kappa Gamma at this year’s Lip Sync. Our theme was Boy Bands!

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It’s Reading Period!

May 6, 2019

Here at Lawrence University, we’ve now reached sixth week, which means students get to enjoy a much-needed reading period! Reading period gives students the Thursday and Friday of week six off each term, and usually right in the middle of midterms (depending on your professor).  Reading period can be used as a time to relax, […]

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The Masterwork

April 28, 2019

We have tons of incredible music opportunities here at Lawrence, many of them due to our amazing conservatory of music on campus. There are a lot of different students involved with music on campus. One of the more official sources of music on campus are the ensembles, led by members of the faculty. There are […]

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A Small Glimpse of Theatre at Lawrence

April 15, 2019

There are lot of amazing opportunities at Lawrence, from athletics to music and so much more. However, a huge part of Lawrence life is the theater department. Every year, Lawrence puts on multiple different shows, both through the mainstage opera produced every year (this year was the musical Pippin), and the 4th Biennial Fred Gaines […]

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