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Archive for Sunday, August 15, 1999

UNIVERSITY COVERS RECREATIONLEISURE

August 15, 1999

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From intramurals to museums, there's plenty to do on the Kansas University campus.

Students looking for a diversion from the daily grind of classes and homework don't have to look past the Kansas University campus borders.

From extracurricular clubs and sporting teams to movies and music, the university offers plenty of opportunities for students, faculty, staff and Lawrence residents.

At the Union

The Kansas Student Union is often a hub of activity on campus. It offers the Jaybowl for bowling, Woodruff Auditorium for movies and cafeterias for food. Many on-campus events originate from the Student Union Activities (SUA) office, including spring break trips, lectures and musical events, including the annual spring festival blow-out, Day on the Hill.

"We have half a dozen bands, and it's very popular," said Cameron Popp, SUA president. "If we get good weather, we might have 4,000 or more people there. It's just a lot of fun and it's popular not only with KU students but others in the community and high school students."

SUA also sponsors the annual Student Lecture Series, which during the spring brought Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa to campus.

"It's not always on that scale, but I personally hope we can continue to do things like that," Popp said. "It was well worth it."

SUA also sponsors three open houses throughout the year, brings movies to the Union and occasionally sponsors trips.

"There's always something going on," Popp said.

Getting involved

The Student Organizations and Leadership Development Center oversees hundreds of political, religious, academic, recreational, special interest and other groups affiliated with KU.

From rock climbing and role playing games to chess and rugby, groups cater to almost every interest.

"We have a huge sport club selection," said Mary Chappell, director of recreation services.

Chappell's department oversees the intramural sports program, which allows students to compete against other KU students.

"The intramural program is also very large; we have something for everybody, pretty much," she said.

Students who want to play a game of basketball or racquetball can turn to Robinson Center, the athletic center on the south edge of campus. Students pay a fee each semester to use the facilities, which include weight and cardio-vascular equipment, lap pools, gymnasiums, and a rock-climbing wall.

Outdoor tennis courts and a sand volleyball area are also available.

The center is open from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. each day during the school year, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on summer weekdays and from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays during the summer.

Educational alternatives

Want to take a break from studying but still learn about the world around you? Take a trip to the Natural History Museum in Dyche Hall. For information on hours the museum is open, call 864-4450.

The Spencer Museum of Art (864-4710) and the Museum of Anthropology in Spooner Hall (864-4245) are also open throughout the year; call for more information.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is ckoger@ljworld.com.

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