By Tiegan Cunningham, Applied Engineering Sciences Senior
After first year MSU students start living on campus, they might become interested in things outside of class like clubs and intermural sports. In addition to this, there are many weekly activities offered outside of specific clubs and the classroom that they can partake in with their friends. Here are a few of the many great ways for students to become engaged on campus and have fun!
As many know, MSU takes their sporting events very seriously. In the fall, you can join over 75,000 Spartan students and fans by cheering on the Michigan State football team in Spartan Stadium. Football games are the largest on-campus events of the year, with friends and families coming together to tailgate all over campus. Another sport that is large in the winter is Basketball in the Breslin Center. In addition to the games, there are a few large events kicking off the season like Midnight Madness, where students get the chance to meet the players on the team and watch a scrimmage match, as well as the Izzone Campout, where students gather in tents on Munn Field for an all-night celebration of basketball and for a chance to get priority tickets in the student section of the Breslin.
UAB – University Activity Board
The University Activities offers a wide variety of weekly events and activities around campus. One of their most popular events is their weekly movies, in which students plus one guest can enjoy recently released films in a theater-style lecture hall with complementary popcorn and snacks. They also offer tons of other activities like open mic nights, weekly craft nights, holiday and season themed events, as well as bring in many guest speakers and musicians to hear and learn from. The coolest part about their events? Most of them are free and provide free food!
Do you like seeing live performances? The Wharton Center offers a wide variety of shows ranging from collegiate to professional performances. You can enjoy seeing famous and local symphonies perform, world known musicians play, as well as a variety of Broadway shows! As an MSU student, you have the opportunity to see a specific comedian and musician sponsored by the university for free! In years past, we’ve had Seth Meyers, Trever Noah, Panic! at the Disco, and Kesha come to campus. In addition to events at the Wharton Center, the MSU Auditorium offers multiple smaller performances throughout the year.
Living in a residence hall opens up a new world of activities! From floor bonding activities to celebrations in the lobby, residence halls offer a way to connect students with other people they are living with you as well as have fun! South Neighborhood is where the Engineering CoRe program is, a specialized residence organization aimed directly at engineers to help them through their first year or so on campus. In addition to providing tutoring and advising, CoRe leaders hold many fun activities like their Wacky Tuesdays, where each Tuesday has a different theme with activities like Casino night, Halloween Spectacular, and Movie night.
The Center Events
The Center for Spartan Engineering in the Engineering Building offers many fun events in addition to their career-building services and activities. Every fall, they have a day dedicated to decorating pumpkins, playing games, and eating candy. In the spring, they have the “Spartan 500”, a toy car race between organizations to raise money for their club. They also offer many other events, including everyone’s favorite “Night of 1001 Donuts” during finals week as well as many other food inclusive events.
In addition to all of these events on campus, there are many more activities that are available all over campus throughout the year. Just keep an eye out for them and you’ll find something great that’s right for you!
To learn more about -
Sports on Campus: http://www.msuspartans.com/
University Activities Board: https://www.uabevents.com/
The Wharton Center: https://www.whartoncenter.com/
CoRe Residence Program: https://www.egr.msu.edu/core/#section3
The Center: https://www.egr.msu.edu/careers/