By MANDI STEFFEY
Plenty of things are going on this fall. With options on campus and all across Michiana, students can chase away the school time blues by relaxing and enjoying some local entertainment.
IU South Bend Welcome Week
Every year, a string of events lines the first week back on campus during the fall semester. This year, the campus mall will be packed, as usual, with vendors passing out all kinds of goodies from stickers to coupons to free food.
There will also be a mentalist on campus Tuesday, Aug. 27. Dan Jasperson, a magician and mentalist, will be at the University Grill at 8:30 p.m. to give students a taste of the bizzarre.
The SGA Titan Spectacular will be held on Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m. near the pedestrian bridge. The spectacular will feature jousting, rock climbing and laser tag.
Titan Tailgate will be on Wednesday as well from 5 to 6 p.m. by the intramural fields at River Crossing. Hotdogs, veggie burgers and drinks will be provided. Just before this event, students are encouraged to participate in a “color run.”
The Afterglow Dance will take place Thursday from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Northside Hall’s courtyard will be decorated with plenty of glow-in-the-dark decorations to fit the dance’s theme.
Other Area Events
Dropkick Murphys will be at Club Fever in South Bend on Wednesday, Aug. 28. The band, which has been around for almost two decades, is a Celtic punk group. This show is highly anticipated and tickets are still available. Tickets are $29.50 in advance and $33 at the door.
The State Theater in downtown South Bend is hosting the Indiana Comedy Festival on Friday, Aug. 30. Ten rising comedians from across Indiana will compete for a state title and $5000 prize. Tickets are $20.
Drinks and Nightlife
There are plenty of places to grab a drink and unwind after class on any day of the week.
Open mic nights are pretty rampant in the area. Try Fiddler’s Hearth on a Wednesday for acoustic open mic sets. McCormick’s, also in downtown, has open mic nights every Tuesday and has relatively inexpensive beer. Many other local bars feature open mic nights every week.
For more information on local nightlife events, check out http://www.michianaentertainer.com.
Whether music, community events or bar life is your thing, there are plenty of things to do to help soften the blow of the first week of classes.