Welcome to a new academic year at the U. It’s going to be a busy first week with each day jammed pack with events to inform, educate and entertain. With so many events it can be dizzying, but here are the highlights.
On Monday, the kickoff party to start the school year begins at 11 a.m. at Library Plaza, where some swag can be had and possibly a free lunch. Also on Monday is an out-of-state student reception at 4 p.m. in the East Ballroom of the Union, where there is guaranteed to be free food and a chance to meet others who made the trek across state lines to attend the U.
Wednesday is Plazafest, where student groups and academic organizations will be tabling on the Union Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. From skiing to service learning, students can find extracurricular activities to for a well balanced and rewarding semester. Sounds from the ASUU Lunchbox Concert Series will most likely be heard from Plazafest as the student government’s monthly midday live music will be played on Library Plaza. There’s also a Student Job and Volunteer Fair in the Union Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In the evening, the ghouls will be out for Zombie Tag, hosted by the Union Programming Council.
Thursday is a day a lot of people have been waiting a long time for. Utah Football opens its season versus Idaho State at 5:30 p.m. at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The Utes are favored heavily to defeat the visiting Bengals, but win or lose, one thing is for certain: one of the loudest student sections in the nation, The MUSS, will bring the noise. If you haven’t received your MUSS tickets yet, they are still available for pick up at the Alumni House between noon and 6 p.m. all week long, prior to the game.
Between regular weekday activity and an influx of tailgaters, parking will be even more difficult to find. Taking TRAX and/or UTA buses, biking or walking to campus, if possible, is advised.
Also on Thursday is the Farmers Market at Tanner Plaza. The Sustainability Resource Center hosts local growers and vendors who bring their produce and merchandise every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each week also has a unique theme, with “smart commute” on the plate for the semester’s inaugural market.
Capping off the week is Crimson Nights, one of the biggest parties on campus all year, on Friday night (and into the wee hours of Saturday). The White Panda will be spinning and it will be, as the poster suggests, OUT OF THIS WORLD. However, Crimson Nights doesn’t start until 9 p.m. (it goes ’til 2 a.m.), so there’s plenty of time to get over to the Block Party on Greek Row beforehand.
With so much going on, it will be a week to remember. Of course, the activity doesn’t stop after week one. Be sure to check the U’s social media channels — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — for news and event updates throughout the year. Welcome back to another fantastic year!