10 Ways to Brighten Up Your Winter Quarter

Winter Quarter at NorthwesternPolar vortex got you down? Here are 10 things going on around campus to make Winter Quarter your favorite quarter.

10. Northwestern Basketball
Football season is over, but the Big Ten athletic action continues at Welsh-Ryan Arena–a brisk walk or quick shuttle ride away from the main Evanston campus. Admission is free for students, so check out the full schedules for the men’s and women’s teams and come support your Wildcats!

9. Ice Skating and Skiing at Norris
Even if you didn’t make the cut for Sochi 2014, you can still strap on some ice skates and take a spin around the Norris Center ice rink. And while you won’t find any black diamond runs on campus, you can always rent cross-country skis from Norris Outdoors and glide along the snowy lakefront.

8. Free Admission to the Art Institute of Chicago
Thanks to a new partnership with the University, undergraduate students now have completely free access to the Art Institute of Chicago during normal operating hours. A “Northwestern Night” kicking off the partnership will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23. All Northwestern alumni, faculty, staff (and their friends and families) will have free admission that night, too!

7. NU Nights
Superman or Batman? Marvel Comics or DC Comics? Dress up as your favorite caped crusader for “Superhero Bingo” at 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17., at Norris.

6. Block Museum of Art Reopening
If the Art Institute didn’t give you enough of an artistic fix, the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art is reopening at 2 p.m. Jan. 18, after being closed for renovations. Check out the full lineup of winter exhibitions, including “The Left Front: Radical Art in the ‘Red Decade,’ 1929-1940″ and “Steichen | Warhol: Picturing Fame.”

5. Shrek the Musical
The 72nd annual Northwestern Dolphin Show is all about the timeless journey of an ogre and a talking donkey rescuing an unconventional princess. America’s largest student-produced musical opens Jan. 24 and runs through Feb. 1 at Cahn Auditorium.

4. New Treats at Starbucks
The Starbucks in Norris underwent a facelift over the break and now features pastries and hot breakfast sandwiches from La Boulange. Cozy up to the fireplace or big-screen TV and enjoy a hot chocolate or your favorite coffee concoction.

3. Board Games Night
As long as you’re at Norris, you might as well stick around for Board Games Night with Dead City Productions. There’s nothing like a good round of Settlers of Catan to take the edge off of a cold winter night.

2. Dance Marathon
It’s the biggest fundraiser/dance party on campus and marks the beginning of the end of Winter Quarter. This year’s beneficiary is Team Joseph, which raises money in the fight against Duchenne muscular dystrophy. If you’re not already involved as a dancer or committee member, stop by the NUDM tent to watch the fun. Will another fundraising record be broken this year?

1. Snow
As you’ve already noticed, Northwestern gets lots of snow in the winter. Make sure you take some time to enjoy it! Organizing a snowball fight, making snow angels or just creating some footprints in the fresh powder while walking around the snow globe-like campus are great ways to blow off steam and embrace the beautiful side of the cold weather. Happy winter!

University Library in Winter

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