Author: Mackenzie Huber

Eventful fall: 16 events we’re looking forward to in Fall Term

Story by Awa Badiane ’21

Pull out your cozy sweaters and go find your pumpkin-carving kit, because fall is upon us. Personally, I love fall. The cool weather, leaves changing colors, cute fall outfits — everything about fall is just perfect. And I get it, some of you may be sad about summer ending. But honestly, there is no reason to be sad over summer, because Fall Term is jam-packed with so many fun things to do on and off campus. That is why I have created this list of things Lawrence students can look forward to this fall. 

1) Soup Walk 

This is exactly what it sounds like. On Oct. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m., restaurants in downtown Appleton will have their best soups for people to try. With your soup ticket, you can walk into the participating restaurants on College Avenue and try their soups. And once you’ve had all the soup your heart desires, vote for your favorite. Tickets for the soup walk are $20 and go on sale Oct. 1. There’s is nothing better than a bowl of soup on a cool autumn day. 

2) Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade 

The Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade always takes place on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. That’s Nov. 26 this year. As odd as that might be, it’s great for Lawrence students because we are still on campus for it! The parade takes place on College Avenue, meaning you can see the parade from campus. It is filled with floats, bands, Santa Claus, even floats that shoot out fire to make sure everyone stays warm. If you want to watch the show from College Ave., be sure to get there early because the streets do fill up. The parade starts at 7 p.m.  

3) Octoberfest

Who doesn’t love fancy cars and good food? On Sept. 27 and 28, Appleton will be hosting its annual Octoberfest. The first night of Octoberfest kicks off with a classic car show called License to Cruise. The car show is filled with about 400 cars, live music, and great food. And if you think that’s great, the second day of Octoberfest is a huge block party — Appleton’s largest block party of the year. The party boasts five stages with live music, an arts and crafts station, and more delicious food. Luckily for us, Octoberfest takes place right on College Avenue, only a few blocks from campus. 

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center as seen from College Ave.

4) ‘Hamilton’ in Appleton 

Your eyes are not deceiving you; Hamilton is coming to Appleton! The Broadway production that took the world by storm will be at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center for a multi-week run in October. And unlike trying to see Hamilton on Broadway, you may actually be able to get tickets thanks to their lottery system. Check the PAC website for show dates and details.

5) Apple picking 

This is a fall classic! As a kid, my favorite school trip was going to the nearest orchard and going apple picking. I didn’t really like eating the apples; I just really enjoyed picking them. Luckily for us, Appleton has a ton of apple farms, (see what I did there?), meaning we can take part in this fall ritual. The Hofacker’s Hillside Orchard is the closest orchard to campus, and they also have a pumpkin patch! 

6) Fall Formal  

Get your outfits ready! Every year Lawrence International hosts a Fall Formal, which is happening Sept. 27. The formal will be taking place at Liberty Hall in Kimberly, which is about 15 minutes from campus. If you don’t have a ride, no worries. There will be a shuttle running from campus to Liberty Hall every 15 minutes.     

7) Convocation 

A new academic year means a new Convocation Series. Every year, the Convocation series is kicked-off with the Matriculation Convocation. This Convocation is special because it is led by our very own president, Mark Burstein. This year, the Matriculation Convocation will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 19 in Memorial Chapel.  

Dancers perform traditional Native American ceremony in Warch Campus Center on Indigenous Peoples Day.

8) Indigenous Peoples Day  

Every year, the Lawrence University Native American Organization (LUNA) hosts an Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration. This year, the celebration will be held on Oct. 14 on Main Hall Green. The celebration is typically filled with music, food, and traditional dancing that is sacred to indigenous cultures. This celebration gives indigenous students a chance to celebrate and share their culture with the wider campus as it also gives non-indigenous students a chance to learn about indigenous cultures.  

9) The Price is Right  

Lawrentians, come on down! As a way to celebrate Lawrence’s annual Giving Day, the Student Ambassadors Program (SAP) will be hosting a game of The Price is Right. Students will be able to dress in funky costumes and guess the price on different items around Lawrence to win prizes … just like the game show! The game will be held on Oct. 10 in the Mead Witter Room (second floor Warch), starting at 6:30 p.m. Giving Day will also have other events for students. Stay tuned.  

10) Blue and White Weekend  

Let’s go Vikes! As a way to celebrate the Lawrence community, Lawrence University hosts an annual Blue and White WeekendFrom Oct. 3-6, Lawrence will be filled with different events for families, alumni, and students. Last year’s Blue and White weekend was so much fun! There were different sporting events, concerts, and lots of places on campus to get free food, so I can’t wait to see what they have in store for this year! 

Portrait of four members of Brooklyn Rider
Brooklyn Rider

11) Artist and Jazz Series 

The performers coming to Lawrence during 2019-20 season have been announced! Brooklyn Rider will be the first group to kick-off the Artist Series, preforming Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel. Brooklyn Rider is a strings quartet that creates music focused on healing. The Jazz Series, meanwhile, will begin with the Fred Sturm Jazz Celebration Weekendwith the Miguel Zenon Quartet as the first featured performance. Miguel Zenon is a Grammy-nominated saxophonist who will be preforming at the Lawrence Memorial Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9. You will not want to miss these performances, and the best part is, they’re free for students.

12) Game Night  

As a way to ease the transition from high school to college for first-year students, Lawrence University’s Black Student Union (BSU) will be hosting a series of game nightsThe game nights will be open to the entire campus with a focus on being a space where students of color can have fun and get to know each other. The first game night will be held at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Diversity and Intercultural Center.  

13) Events from S.O.U.P. 

S.O.U.P. is the Student Organization for University Planning. All the fun, really random things that happen on campus are typically brought to us by S.O.U.P.  This year will be no different, as S.O.U.P. continues to bring new events to campus for student to enjoy. On Sept. 28, S.O.U.P will be hosting Blacklight Zumba and bringing magician Peter Boie to campus. Be sure to be on the lookout for more events hosted by S.O.U.P happening this fall. 

The Vikings offensive line faces University of Chicago football players on the Banta Bowl field.

14) Fall Sports  

TOUCHDOWN! Fall term means fall sports. Be sure to stay up to date on the schedules for the football, volleyball, soccer, and tennis teams so you can support our Vikes! 

15) Wriston Art

Let there be ART! The Wriston Art Gallery will soon be opening its fall exhibitions. New pieces will be displayed in the gallery with an opening reception at 8 p.m. Sept. 27. Come check out the incredible art right here on campus. 

16) World Music Series 

The World Music Series is keeping the ball rolling from last year with a performance from Çudamani: Gamelan and Dance of Bali. This group is considered Bali’s most forward-thinking ensemble and will be coming to campus at 8 p.m. Sept. 23. The World Music Series is free for students, so be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to see performances from around the world. 

Awa Badiane ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office. 

Packing for college: 14 items not to be forgotten on move-in day

Story by Awa Badiane ’21

If you are anything like me, the weeks leading up to your first college move-in day are hectic and filled with excitement, nerves, a full Amazon cart, and hours on Pinterest. However, there is no need to stress over move-in day. Your room will come together! And to ensure that it does, I have created this list of 14 dorm-room essentials every new Lawrentian will need to pack. 

1) Power strip / extension cords  

Power cords are a MUST. You’ll have lots of things that will need to be plugged in throughout your room. There will come a time when you need to blow-dry your hair and charge your phone at the same time. To avoid having to choose between wet hair or a dead phone, get some power strips. Your room will not come with 20 outlets, but some days you’ll need that many. It will make dorm life so much easier if you have multiple outlets for all your electronics.  

Tip: Having one or two power strips is a lot more useful than a bunch of extensions cords.   

2) Shower caddy  

You have probably heard of the joys of a shower caddy from the dozens of college starter packs you have been seeing. But just in case you have not given it proper consideration, trust me, owning a shower caddy is very important. This will be the home to all your shower items. College bathrooms are communal, meaning we have to share them. This also means you can’t leave all of your shower stuff in the bathroom. People typically bring what they need to shower with them using a convenient shower caddy.  

Tip: I find the mesh shower caddies to be a lot more convenient than the plastic ones. With the mesh shower caddy, you can hang it up on a hook while you shower. With the plastic ones, you have to leave them on the floor.  

3) Shower shoes  

Again, with communal bathrooms you have to share showers. Sometimes you’ll find that someone just finished using your go-to shower and it’s still wet. You’re not going to want to step in someone else’s shower water; get shower shoes.   

Tip: No need to waste money on “specially designed” shower shoes. Flip flops work just fine.   

4) Laundry bag with straps 

If you don’t get anything else on this list, please do yourself a favor and get a laundry bag with straps! No matter how disciplined you are, you will not do laundry once a week. Your laundry will pile up and that’s OK. And when your laundry does accumulate, you will be very happy to have a laundry bag with back straps. How else will you be able to carry the three loads of laundry you told yourself to do last week when it was only two loads?  

Tip: Tide Pods make laundry a breeze. 

5) Reusable water bottle  

We love sustainability at Lawrence. Because Lawrence is a campus that supports sustainability and reducing waste, bottled water is not available for purchase in campus stores. Instead, we have lots of water stations all around campus. With a reusable water bottle, you can fill up throughout the day to ensure that you stay hydrated.   

Tip:  A water bottle with a wide opening is easier to clean.   

6) Storage bins  

You will need storage bins! Not only do they make it easier to organize your room, but they also make life so much easier when you have to pack up your room at the end of the year.  

Tip: Having storage bins that can fit under your bed is ideal.  

7) Medication  

You are going to be here for nine months, and that’s a pretty long time. We hope you don’t get sick during this time, but if you do catch a sniffle, you’ll want to be prepared. I recommend having some Dayquil, ibuprofen, and Emergen-C’s on standby just in case.  

Tip: The Wellness Center does provide free ibuprofen and aspirin. You can get some from there if needed.  

8) Bedding 

Your room does not come with bedding, so you will have to bring your own. Make sure you find Twin XL sheets for the extra-long beds. Our rooms don’t get too cold, so you won’t need too many blankets. A few sheets, a comforter, and a couple blankets will be just fine.  

Tip: Invest in a good mattress topper! It will last you all four years, and your back will thank you for it.  

9) Décor  

Do not stress over décor. This is the fun part. Make your room a space you enjoy being in, but don’t lose sleep over what to put on the walls. Do not let Pinterest make you spend hundreds of dollars because you think your room is not good enough; your room is good enough.   

Tip: Command Strips are gold. And remember: the more décor you have, the more stuff you have to worry about packing at the end of the year. 

10) Cleaning supplies 

You will be living in this space for about nine months … yes, you’ll need to clean it eventually. I suggest having a broom, dustpan, and lots of Clorox wipes.   

Tip: You can clean your whole room with just Clorox wipes. Believe me.  

11) Plug-ins 

Scented plug-ins are not necessarily a must, but I do highly suggest one. Spray air-fresheners are not banned, but they are frowned upon. Having a plug-in means you don’t have to worry when you have guests over because your room will always smell like your favorite scent. 

Tip: If the scented plug-ins are not your style, diffusers work great, too!  

12) School supplies  

For some reason, when people go back-to-school shopping for college, they forget they need school supplies. (Honestly, the only reason I remembered to get school supplies my first year was because I saw my little sister picking out pencils and markers.) Three 3-subject college-ruled notebooks, two packs of pens, index cards and some Post-It notes is all you’ll really need.  

Tip: You can wait until after the first day of classes to get all your school supplies. See what your professors say you’ll need on the first day, and then go to the store and get exactly that. Still bring a pen and some paper though! 

13) Winter coat 

Winter is coming. When winter is here, you’ll need a coat. You won’t really need your heavy-duty winter coat (if you don’t have one, get one) until winter term though. If you can, wait until winter to bring your coat because it takes up space. Beware, there is a period near the end of fall term where it’s too cold for a sweater, but not cold enough for your real winter coat. I would suggest getting a jacket for when that time comes.   

Tip: Invest in layers that you can wear in winter.  

14) Mini Fan  

Contrary to popular belief, it does get warm in Wisconsin. At the start of fall term and the end of spring term, you will be very glad to have a fan in your room.  

Tip:  Get a box fan and put it against an open window. It will feel just like air conditioning.  

OK, that’s my list. I hope it’s helpful. Good luck. Move-in day is almost here.

Awa Badiane ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office. 

8 ways the Lawrence community shows its Pride all year long

Story by Awa Badiane ’21

To honor the 1969 Stonewall uprising, the month of June is now designated as Pride Month, a chance to acknowledge and celebrate the impact lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals have had on history.

As we celebrate the efforts made by queer individuals on a global scale, we want to recognize the steps toward inclusion and awareness made by Lawrence students, faculty and staff right here on campus. Here are eight ways we show our Pride all year long.

1. Colores 

Colores is a student organization that was originally created to be a space for empowerment for LGBTQIA+ students of color. It has since expanded to incorporate any LGBTQIA+ students on campus and to help educate the wider community on LGBTQIA+ intersectionality. Colores hosts weekly meetings and special events throughout the academic year. Find out how to get involved with Colores here.

2. Pride Prom 

As a way to celebrate our differences and to educate the wider campus on queer history, the student group Colores hosts an annual Pride Prom. Along with the music and food you might find at a traditional high school prom, Pride Prom includes information about queer history and rainbow decor. Organizers feature images, films, articles, and more on queer history throughout the venue. Most importantly, Pride Prom is a chance for members of the LGBTQIA+ community to gather, have fun, celebrate their identities, and feel connected on campus. Pride Prom is open to the entire campus, as well as the Appleton community, and serves as a great opportunity to learn about queer history and to boogie down.

3. LGBTQIA+ Alliance House 

Starting this fall, Lawrence University will have a LGBTQIA+ Alliance house. This house will act as a safe space for queer individuals and allies. As a house, they plan to do lots of community outreach, including a clothing exchange, throughout the Lawrence and Appleton communities to spread awareness and acceptance for queer identities.

Three students posing for a photo wearing graduation caps and gowns. One student is wearing a lavender stole.
Participating queer-identifying students are presented with Pride stoles at the Lavender Ceremony before Commencement.

4. Lavender Ceremony 

To say goodbye and congratulate graduating seniors, Student Life and the Diversity and Intercultural Center co-host an annual Lavender Ceremony. This is a celebration for queer-identifying students as they prepare to graduate from Lawrence. There are speeches on behalf of the seniors and a dinner for the seniors and their guests. The students being honored also are presented with a lavender stole to wear at Commencement.

5. Pride Alumni Network 

There is a newly formed alumni group coming to Lawrence, the Lawrence University Pride Alumni Network. A reception was held during Reunion Weekend to get the conversation started. Look for more details to be released in late summer or early fall.

6. Pride Resource Group

The Faculty/Staff Pride Resource Group is a network for Lawrence faculty and staff who identify as LGBTQIA+ or have family who identify as such. This group offers a sense of community for the faculty and provides an avenue for updates on available resources. Learn how to get involved with the Pride Resource Group here.

7. Queer Thanksgiving

Before we all head home for winter break, the Diversity and Intercultural Center hosts an annual potluck, called Queer Thanksgiving. The annual event is held in the Diversity and Intercultural Center and is open to the Appleton community. It is a way for queer individuals to come together and celebrate over some delicious food.

8. Gender-inclusive bathrooms

Lawrence is expanding the number of gender-neutral restrooms available on campus over the next academic year, after more than 80% of Lawrence students expressed interest in gender-neutral restrooms on a recent LUCC survey. The expansion will increase the number of gender-neutral facilities available to community members, including those who identify as transgender, transgender non-binary, and non-binary.

Awa Badiane ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office.

8 Summer events in Appleton we’re excited about

Story by Isabella Mariani ’21

Whether you’re an art connoisseur or a car fanatic, there are always events going on in the Appleton area for you to enjoy. Here are 8 events you don’t want to miss this summer.

Downtown Appleton Farmers Market

This Appleton tradition is a great way to get your groceries. The impressive assemblage of local vendors sells fresh fruits and veggies, meats and cheeses, baked goods, pottery and crafts. Some stands will serve you up a cool lemonade or a hot portable meal that you can savor as you walk the market.

Where and when: College Avenue, Saturdays through October, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Appleton 4th of July Celebration

Bring family or friends to Memorial Park to celebrate the 4th of July. Enjoy live music, concessions and activities for the kids. And, of course, stay for the amazing fireworks display when the sun goes down.

Where and when: Appleton Memorial Park, Wednesday, July 3. 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Paperfest

Paperfest is a community-driven festival commemorating the paper mill industry that thrived in the Fox Valley. This year is the 31st annual Paperfest, held just 10 minutes from downtown Appleton in Kimberly. The free festival boasts live music, food, games, carnival rides and a car show. And what would Paperfest be without a papermaking event and a toilet paper toss?

Where and when: Sunset Park, Kimberly, July 19 – 21

Appleton Old Car Show and Swap Meet

Did you know we have one of the largest car shows in the Midwest right here in Appleton? The whole family will be all revved up about this collection of special and vintage cars, featuring a swap meet, awards and concessions. Admission is free.

Where and when: Pierce Park, July 21. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Heid Music Summer Concert Series

The Heid Music Summer Concert Series is back this year with two different concert experiences in Houdini Plaza. Bring your own lunch or purchase from vendors at Lunchtime Live, where you can enjoy acoustic music by local musicians from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The shows continue later that day with locally popular bands from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., after which you can visit Appleton’s nightlife locations.

Where and when: Houdini Plaza, every Thursday through Aug. 29.

Wriston Summer Exhibition Series

The Wriston Summer Exhibition Series offers you the opportunity to tour the Wriston Galleries on the Lawrence campus. During the 25-minute tour, July Art at Noon and August Art at Noon invite you to think more about art and artists in the Midwest.

Where and when: Wriston Art Gallery, Thursday, July 18 and Aug. 15. Noon – 12:30 p.m.

Art at the Park

Each year, approximately 200 artists from around the country gather in Appleton’s City Park to showcase and sell their art. With food and music included, this free family event will be the relaxing day at the park your summer needs.

Where and when: City Park, Sunday, July 28. Noon – 11:59 p.m.

Mile of Music

The Mile of Music has been bringing grassroots musical talent to Appleton since 2013. This is one of the most unique events the city has to offer. With over 900 live performances at over 70 venues, the “Mile” stretches from Spat’s Tav on the Ave to the Lawrence Memorial Chapel. This free event encourages a love for music and support of downtown Appleton businesses. What’s not to love?

Where and when: Downtown Appleton, Aug. 1 – 4.

Isabella Mariani ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office.

Well, that’s different: 4 ways campus has changed in 25 years

Story by Ed Berthiaume / Communications

If you are a 1994 graduate returning for your 25th reunion this weekend, much has changed on the Lawrence campus. To keep you from mistakenly wandering into Chapman Hall, formerly Downer Commons, looking for lunch, we’re highlighting four notable changes here since news broke that Nelson Mandela was elected president, Friends debuted, and O.J. took that ride in the white Bronco (yes, that was all 25 years ago).

Photo of Warch Campus Center.

1) A shiny new campus hub. Warch Campus Center is, without question, phenomenal. You will most definitely want to take a look inside as it’s much more than just a dining hall. Built in 2009, it’s become a centerpiece of campus, home to two dining facilities, a movie theater, a campus store, meeting spaces of all shapes and sizes, and a must-see river view.

Photo of Briggs Hall.
Photo of Steitz and Youngchild Halls.

2) New places to learn. Two new buildings transformed the academic spaces on campus two decades ago. Briggs Hall, overlooking the Fox River, was built in 1997 to house instruction in mathematics and social sciences. Three years later, Science Hall was built, replacing Stephenson Hall of Science. It would be renamed Steitz Hall of Science in 2010. Both are worth a tour while you’re on campus.

Photo of Hiett Hall.

3) A new place to live. Hiett Hall, the most modern of the residence halls on campus, was built in 2003. Like Briggs, it is built into the hill on the north side of the river. It’s the only residence hall with suite-style living quarters. Many of our alumni visitors will be staying there this weekend.

Photo of SLUG gardens at the bottom of a green hill.

4) A garden for growing knowledge … and vegetables. You’ll find SLUG (Sustainable Lawrence University Garden) along Lawe Street, just east of the Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center. It’s a living, breathing outdoor classroom, with lessons in sustainability, conservation, geosciences and so much more. Take a walk through the gardens to see the wonders of the earth being well tended.

Noticing other differences as you make your way around campus? Let us know how things have changed in our social media comments!

Say cheese: 9 best places to snap a photo on campus

Whether you’re celebrating an achievement, reminiscing on your college days, or visiting campus for the first time, capturing an iconic photo is a must-do before leaving campus. These are the photos that will grace the walls of your parents’ hallways, become your phone wallpaper, and serve as your most-liked Instagram posts.

That’s why we put together this list of the nine best places to snap a photo on campus, so you can capture and share the joy you feel on our gorgeous campus.

Photo of Memorial Chapel on a sunny day with green grass and blue sky.
  1. Memorial Chapel

Starting with the obvious, the stairs of Memorial Chapel serve as an excellent location for capturing cherished memories. Built in 1918, the building has hosted many events including concerts by classic artists such as Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald (find a Spotify playlist here featuring some of the songs performed on the Chapel stage) and speakers like Maya Angelou.

Photo tip: The steps make for an especially good option for group shots and jumping pictures. For a stunning close-up, have the subject stand on the grass in front of the Chapel and take a photo from the sidewalk to get the full Chapel in the background.

The font side of Main Hall.

2. Main Hall seals

Constructed in 1853, Main Hall is the oldest standing building on campus, and therefore, the most iconic. On the street-facing side of the building, you’ll find the official seals of Lawrence College, Milwaukee-Downer College, and Lawrence University. Snap a picture here in front of the iconic Main Hall pillars to honor the history of Lawrence and the Lawrentians who’ve called it home.

South-facing side of Main Hall featuring a sundial above the door.

3. The Sundial

On the other side of Main Hall, you’ll find a sundial adorning the building above the stairs. The Merrill Hall Sundial was transferred to Lawrence as a gift of the Milwaukee-Downer class of 1932 in 1973, and was formally installed and dedicated on the south face of Main Hall in 1975. Not only does it tell time, but it also offers a unique backdrop for your photos with a built-in timestamp.

Photo of the Project 562 mural on the exterior wall of the Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center featuring a pink and yellow sunset with photos of local tribal members in traditional regalia overlaying the sun.
Photo of colorful mural located in downtown Appleton, Wisconsin featuring a wolf in a boat, a fox on a bike, and other personified creatures in action.

4. Murals

Lawrence and Appleton are brimming with creative murals that capture the culture and artsy nature of the community. Our new “Indigenize Education” mural by Project 562 on the Wellness Center wall is a good option for an especially powerful photo. You can also take a short jaunt down College Ave. to find colorful backgrounds.

Sign on the corner of campus that reads "Lawrence University. Founded in 1847."

5. Lawrence University sign

A gift from the Class of 1960, the Lawrence University sign on the corner of Drew St. and College Ave. offers one of the only photo opportunities that includes the name of the University. Lean against the sign or take a seat on top! When you gram that perfect picture, don’t forget to tag @LawrenceUni or hashtag #LarryU so we can see your masterpiece.

Photo of Main Hall through the glass walkway of the Conservatory.

6. Conservatory walkway

(Closed for construction summer of 2019)

There’s something inviting about the way the glass opens up at the top of the stairs. Snap a picture here to celebrate the omnipresent musicality so essential to the Lawrence experience. For a shot with Main Hall in the background, take a picture through the walkway with the camera pointed south. If you’re feeling extra edgy, you can try to capture a reflection photo off the glass.

Photo of Aerial Landscape Sculpture which consists of three large yellow arches outside of the Wriston Art Gallery.

7. Aerial landscape sculpture

By the late Rolf Westphal, Lawrence’s first Frederick R. Layton Distinguished Visiting Professor in Studio Art, “Aerial Landscape” can be found outside the Wriston Art Center. Originally installed in 1988, this bright trio of yellow arched structures have become a recognizable landmark on campus. Stand or sit under the arches for this beautiful shot.

A large boulder freshly painted green reads "Class of 2019" and sits in front of Main Hall.

8. The Rock

Often freshly painted for upcoming events, The Rock has been a Lawrence icon, above and below ground, for over 100 years. Brought to campus as a hiking souvenir by seniors in 1895 and buried by the Class of 1967 for 19 years, The Rock went missing from 1998 to 2018. A podcast, “No Stone Unturned” by Sarah Axtell ’17 and Jon Hanrahan ’16, documents their search for The Rock. (**Spoiler Alert: They found it.**) With a storied history such as this, The Rock not only makes for an interesting photo, but comes with tons of caption potential.

Word to the Wise: You never do know how fresh the paint may be, so be careful when taking a seat on The Rock.

A clock face sits atop a green pole on a concrete platform with the library in the background.

9. The Clock

A gift from the Class of 1995, this clock is a beloved and recognized spot on campus by the many Lawrentians who passed it daily on the way to class. The platform offers the chance to get off the ground and take a photo with either the library or Steitz/Youngchild in the background.

Have other favorite places to snap photos on/near campus? Let us know in the social media comments. Regardless of where you take your iconic Lawrence photos, please tag @lawrenceuni or #LarryU when you post them so we can marvel at (and maybe even repost) your dazzling pictures!


11 most productive places to hit the books before finals

Story by Awa Badiane ’21

As the term winds to an end, students here at Lawrence are entering finals week. And in order to end the term with a bang, we need to make sure we can buckle down and focus on all the assignments and tests. For that, we need a quiet place to study. To help you find your productivity nirvana, I have compiled this list of 11 of the best study spots on or near campus. You’re welcome.

1) Unused Classrooms 

This may come as a surprise to a lot of students, but students have access to classrooms that are not in use. Using your Lawrence ID, students can access lots of the classrooms throughout campus. This gives you access to white boards, larger tables, and sometimes even computers! That can be especially handy when studying with friends.  

2) Science Atrium 

Here at Lawrence, there are two building dedicated to the sciences, Youngchild and Steiz Hall. Connecting these two buildings is a spacious and bright atrium on the first floor. This space is equipped with tables, chairs and lots of natural light, perfect for studying on a sunny day.   

3) Fourth floor of the Warch Campus Center  

The Fourth Floor of the Warch Campus Center is a good choice for all different types of studiers! It is filled with tables, chairs and comfy couches. There are also two meeting rooms that are available to students, and a full computer with a printer. It doesn’t hurt that Warch is where the dining areas are located, so if you get hungry as you study or feel the need for a little snack, food is just steps away.  

4) Sabin House 

The house with the green doors across from Kohler Hall is a space for students to explore their religious identity. But this quiet meditative space doubles as an inviting space for peaceful, quiet studying. Filled with couches, rolling chairs, and a fully stocked kitchen, Sabin House is the perfect space for students who are more productive in quiet places. 

5) Hiett Lounge Rooms 

Arguably one of the best dorms on campus, Hiett Hall is filled with spacious lounge rooms (at least one on each floor). All of the lounges are fully furnished with tables and chairs. Best of all, if you’re starting to feel a bit overwhelmed, there is a fully functioning massage chair in the fourth-floor lounge.  

6) Purple Room in Trever Hall basement  

Most dorms have lounge spaces in their basements, but there is something about the lounge room in the basement of Trever Hall that is especially ideal for studying. Like most lounges, it is filled with chairs, couches, and can hold a pretty large crowd. I think it might be the purple paint in the lounge that really inspires a great study session. 

7) Science Bridge 

The two science buildings on campus are not only connected by an atrium on the first floor, there also is a bridge on the third floor that connects the buildings. With all the same charms as the first floor, there is the bonus of a great view of the Fox River from up there.  

8) Quad 

As the weather warms up, it can be nearly impossible to spend the whole day inside. The wonderful thing about an open campus with lots of green space is you don’t have too! There are many perch-worthy spots outside on campus perfect for studying. The grass on the Quad is a prime example. Just throw down a blanket and hit the books amid the sunshine. And don’t worry about not being able to use the WIFI; thanks to all the houses surrounding the Quad, you will be able to connect to the WIFI without issue. 

9) Third Floor of the Library  

The library is usually the first-place people go to get some good studying in, but what many people don’t know is each of the library’s floors have designated volume levels to fit different learners’ studying needs. As you make your way to the top floor, it gets progressively quieter, with the fourth floor designated for silent study. But if you are just looking for a quiet study spot, the third floor is your best bet. 

10) Cooper Rock  

I’ve learned, sometimes being in the same place for too long can crush your productivity. This is why I like to switch it up a bit and take my studying off campus. Copper Rock café is only a few blocks away from campus on College Avenue and can kickstart some great studying. The café is composed of two sections: the first section is the louder general area where people order and sit down to eat, while the second section is dedicated to soft conversation and quiet study.  

11) Lou’s Brews 

While a change of scenery can improve a study session, I do understand those who do not want to venture too far off campus. This cozy coffee shop right across the street from Colman Hall is an excellent spot to grab a smoothie and crack the books off campus.  

Awa Badiane ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office.

You lost what? Our search of campus lost-and-found bins turns up 10 curious things

Story by Isabella Mariani ’21

It happens to the best of us. Sometimes Lawrentians lose track of their belongings in the bustle of student life, and you never know what will turn up in the lost-and-found bins on campus. We visited some of these lost-and-found locations and picked out 10 curious misplaced items.

Photo of gray desk organizer.

#10 | Desk organizer

Pens and pencils, paperclips and highlights all without a home. It’s pretty hard to stay organized when you lose your entire desk organizer. Someone out there could use some tips on keeping track of things.

Photo of small painting featuring what appears to be planets covered in pink smears of paint.

#9 | Art

Even Lawrence’s lost and found bins are artistic. Who would leave this behind? The artist’s identity is a mystery. . .

Photo of amber-colored bow rosin for the bow of a string instrument.

#8 | Bow rosin

A string player’s best friend. As a former cellist it’s no surprise to see this in the lost and found. Really, has anyone in history ever gone through all their rosin before losing or breaking it? Users of ChapStick might be familiar with the phenomenon.

Photo of red and blue coffee mug featuring the letter "A."

#7 | Personalized letter “A” mug

Is there an Archie or Alyssa out there looking for their favorite mug? A personal mug like this one can make that daily cup (or many cups) of hot tea or coffee even more special and integral to your day.

Photo of white sheets of paper on which lyrics are scribbled.

#6 | Handwritten lyrics

Poetic talents abound on campus. Maybe this person didn’t like their work and chose to abandon it. Who knows, this could have been the beginning of the next greatest hit.

Photo of sparkly paper St. Patrick's Day decoration adorned with shamrocks and a green top hat.

#5 | Hanging shamrock wall decoration

This is probably the remnant of someone’s St. Patrick’s Day party that was discarded after the festivities. But the party hasn’t stopped; this decoration has been coating everything else in the lost-and-found bin in glitter.

Photo of packaged pumpkin carving kit.

#4 | Pumpkin carving kit

There is surely a faceless jack-o-lantern looking for this. This pumpkin-carving kit was misplaced before it could be opened and used. Maybe it will be reclaimed in time for next Halloween.

Red rolled-up sleeping bag.

#3 | Red sleeping bag

It’s unclear if this was ever used; maybe for a spontaneous camping trip? Or a camping trip that never happened? Regardless, it’s a strange thing to lose!

Photo of gray mesh zippered bag full of shampoo and other shower needs.

#2 | A whole shower caddy

How does one lose a shower caddy? A more vexing question, how does one lose it in the Conservatory where this was found? I’d like to hear the explanation behind this one.

Photo of Lawrence draw-string bag full of paints and brushes.

#1 | A bag of acrylic paints and paintbrushes

What’s an artist without their supplies? Whether these belonged to an art student here at Lawrence or just someone with a artsy hobby, I hope they come looking for their supplies soon so they can get back to creating masterpieces.

Isabella Mariani ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office.

Be proud: Lawrence swag every Lawrentian should own

Story by Awa Badiane ’21

Whenever I go home for break, I get asked one of two questions, “What school do you go to again?” and “What did you bring me?” That’s why I have compiled this list of Lawrence swag every Lawrentian should own, so we can all be prepared when it’s time to head home for the summer. Take a piece of Lawrence home for yourself and have something to give to someone else.  

1) Lawrence hoodie

Who doesn’t love a good hoodie? Especially a lined hoodie, with a reliable drawstring, that you can wear with everything! Every Lawrentian should own their very own classic Lawrence hoodie, and you can get one in Kate’s Corner Store located in the Warch Campus Center. A classic Lawrence hoodie and a pair of black leggings is the perfect outfit for any day.  

Male Lawrence student wearing navy blue Lawrence University hooded sweatshirt.

2) Class T-shirts 

Go Class of 2021! During Welcome Week, Lawrence starts off every Lawrentian’s collection of Lawrence gear by giving students their very own class shirts. Each class shirt has the class year and is the color that class is associated with.  Learn more about the tradition of Class Colors here.

Female Lawrence student wearing purple Lawrence Class t-shirt.

3) Lawrence phone accessories 

Never lose your ID again! With the Diversity and Intercultural Center-sponsored card holder, you can have all you most important cards on the back of your phone. Just peel of the paper lining and stick the holder to any case or directly on your phone. Or you can stop by Kate’s Corner Store and get yourself a Lawrence pop-socket! Now all you’ll need is your phone to show off some Lawrence pride. 

4) Vintage Lawrence  

BINGO! There are so many opportunities to win free Lawrence gear on campus. At a lot of these events you’ll have the opportunity to win some Lawrence classics that are no longer available for sale but are still very cute. I won my favorite Lawrence top from a BINGO game!  

Female Lawrence student wearing white Lawrence University long-sleeve shirt.

5) Glow-in-the-dark Lawrence water bottle 

The name honestly says it all. This addition to the Lawrence swag list was made available starting just this year. Glowing makes anything cool and having a water bottle that glows in the dark and represents Lawrence is the coolest thing ever. These water bottles are available for sale in Kate’s Corner Store.

These are my five essentials. Itching for more? Stop by Kate’s Corner Store in Warch or check out this site full of Lawrence gear. Do you have other Lawrence swag you can’t live without? Tell us all about it in our social media comments!

Awa Badiane ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office.

8 restaurants every Lawrentian should try

We asked student writer Isabella Mariani to share a list of her favorite restaurants in Appleton. If you have other favorites you’d recommend, share them in our social media comments.

Story by Isabella Mariani ’21

Appleton’s restaurants have provided some of my fondest memories from my time at Lawrence, from the evenings going out with friends to indulge in a huge dinner after a rough week, to the blissful satisfying of burger cravings after a couple of hours at the gym. Of course, I haven’t been to every restaurant in Appleton. But I’ve come to appreciate the fare we have right around the corner. These local restaurants are here for you; they’re the moments when you say to yourself, “I deserve this.” So, may this list serve as a guide for your future best memories in Appleton.

#8. Muncheez Pizzeria – 600 W. College Ave.

Muncheez makes the cut for being the closest place to get decent pizza at a decent price. They’ve also been there for me through my late-night hankerings for pizza; they’re open until 3 a.m. all week. What’s not to love about a place that encourages you to eat pizza after midnight? Their menu offers whole pizzas or just by the slice.

Walkable from campus? Yes. It’s about a seven-block hike.

Favorite dish: Veggiefest

#7. Home Burger Bar – 205 W. College Ave.

You can be sure of getting a big, well-cooked burger served on a cute red tray at Home Burger Bar. Here’s two more important words for you: truffle fries. As good as the burgers are, I would stop in just for this trendy appetizer. The service isn’t always great but the food will be quality. Maybe one day I will be brave enough to try the PB&J Bacon burger. One day …

Walkable from campus? Yes. Just a few blocks down College Avenue.

Favorite dish: Steakhouse burger

#6. Culver’s – 3631 E. Calumet St.

Culver’s isn’t unique to Appleton, of course, but I would be remiss if I didn’t bring this Wisconsin-born chain to your attention. This is the place for quality fast food. I go through phases of intense cravings for one of their signature Butterburgers, followed by an amazing chocolate malt. Try the rotating custard Flavor of the Day. Try a Concrete Mixer (custard with candy mix-ins). Try it all. Here’s the menu. No, it’s not health food, but it’s made fresh and it’s good for your soul.

Walkable from campus? No. You’ll need to find some wheels for this one.

Favorite dish: Original Butterburger

#5. Antojitos Mexicanos – 204 E. College Ave.

Yes, you get free warm chips and three kinds of salsa while you wait for your food. If you don’t fill up on that, you have a wide range of dishes to choose from. The menu is huge! I like to inspect it for about 15 minutes and always end up with the fish tacos (go on Tuesdays and get them for $5!) This place gets pretty busy, so going for an early dinner is optimal.

Walkable from campus? Definitely. Just two blocks west of Drew Street.

Favorite dish: Fish tacos

#4. Katsu-Ya – 338 W. College Ave.

As a sushi lover, I am so grateful to have a place like Katsu-Ya right down the street. You can go alone for a light dinner and get a couple rolls of great sushi for pretty cheap. This restaurant also wonderfully caters to social dinners with your friends. I love the group effort of agreeing on which rolls everyone wants, enjoying them together, discussing which ones you liked best and ordering some more. It’s a very rewarding dining experience.

Walkable from campus? Certainly. A six-block hike west on College Avenue.

Favorite dish: Dragon Roll

#3. Harmony Pizza Café – 432 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Harmony Pizza has the best pizza in Appleton, and your patronage supports a local business started by Lawrence alumni. Choose a pizza from their vegan-friendly menu or build your own; it’s all made with locally sourced organic ingredients. The atmosphere doesn’t suffer when it gets busy. Everyone seems to know everyone, and you might run into some professors during your meal.

Walkable from campus? Maybe. It would be a serious walk, north to Wisconsin Avenue and then another eight blocks or so to the west.

Favorite dish: The Beetza

#2. Basil Café – 1513 N. Richmond St.

Basil Café is my favorite among Appleton’s Thai and Vietnamese fare. Your experience starts as soon as you sit down when you get a pitcher of cool, fragrant coconut water at your table while you peruse the menu. Anything you get will hit the spot, from noodle-based soups and salads to curry and stir fry. I cannot wait to try more of what this place has to offer.

Walkable from campus? Probably not. It’s north of Wisconsin on Richmond. May need to find a ride.

Favorite dish: Kow Boon

#1. India Darbar – 2333 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Wow. How do I transcribe the sound of my stomach growling? This is the best Indian food in the area. Just thinking about the menu is making me so hungry. You have to start with nan — garlic and stuffed are my favorites — and from there, just go crazy. There is so much to choose from and you can’t go wrong. Come with a group of friends, decide on a few dishes that look good and share them!

Walkable from campus? No. You’ll want to catch a ride for this one. But well worth the effort.

Favorite dish: All of it

These are just my picks. Have you also had great meals at Appleton’s restaurants? Tell us where in our social media comments.

Isabella Mariani ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office.