Author: Mackenzie Huber

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.

9 events you won’t want to miss this term at Lawrence University

Story by Awa Badiane ’21

Each term at Lawrence University is so packed full of great events, it can be difficult to keep track of them all. That’s why I put together this list of nine events Lawrentians won’t want to miss this spring term. Let this serve as a guide to your social plans for the next few weeks.

Have other events you’re excited to attend? Tell us about your favorite upcoming dates in our social media comments.

1) Greek Week
I still have songs from last year’s lip-sync battle stuck in my head. During the seventh week of the term, most of the Greek-associated groups on campus come together and for a week-long Battle of the Greeks. Each day throughout the week, a different group takes over and hosts an event to raise money for their charity of choice. This all leads up to a lip-sync battle in the Amphitheater between all the sororities and fraternities that participated throughout the week. You won’t want to miss that battle!

2) LI Spring Formal
I love a good excuse to get dressed up. Each year during the spring and fall terms, Lawrence International hosts a bi-annual formal. This year is no different, as LI hosts the annual Spring Formal on May 10 at Liberty Hall. There will be a bus running from campus to Liberty Hall every 15 minutes starting at 9:45 p.m. Have you thought about what you might wear yet?

3) Stole Ceremonies
“You may now move your tassels from right to left.” As we count down to graduation, many groups on campus say goodbye and congratulate their seniors with a stole to wear during the graduation ceremony. To present the stoles to the graduates, many groups hold ceremonies to celebrate the seniors and their accomplishments. Keep your eyes peeled when walking around campus for more information about these ceremonies!

4) Movies on the Quad
Is that the sun?? As the snow finally melts away, the Diversity Center wants to help you enjoy the nice weather. The Diversity Center will be hosting “Movies on the Quad” in May. They plan to have a giant projector to display the movie, and there will be lots of popcorn. What movies are on your to-see list?

5) Spring term means spring sports
“HOME RUN!!!” Be sure to keep up with the softball, baseball, and track teams’ schedules so you can go out and support our Vikes! On May 4, starting at 10 a.m., head over to Whiting Field to support the track team at their only home meet of the spring season. Watching people run is fun for me, but actually running, not so much.

6) Jazz jams
Need a study break? Every Monday in Mead Witter (on second floor in the Warch Campus Center), students come together to play jazz from 9:30 p.m. until midnight. This is open to all and gives students who don’t know much about music the opportunity to learn more.

7) DJ Lucas
I have been looking for new music to listen to! On Monday, April 29, WLFM is featuring Massachusetts-based rapper DJ Lucas in Esch Hurvis for a private concert just for Lawrence students.

8) World Music Series
Not the World Series, but the World Music Series. On Monday, May 27 at Stansbury Theater, the World of Music Series continues with featured meditative traditional ceremonial pieces and vibrant contemporary works by Balinese composers.

9) LUAroo
Last but not least, Lawrence University’s annual LUAroo. Otherwise known as “Lawrence’s Coachella,” it is happening once again. This giant darty (day party) will be taking place May 25- 26 on the quad. I have to download Tobi Lou and Oshun now so I can know all the lyrics in time.

Awa Badiane is a student writer in the Communications office.