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Upcoming campus events provide inexpensive break from studies

By ELI BECHT
Staff writer

If you enjoy bowling, Red Wings hockey, or simply a good party, MMCC has several events planned for students this semester.

The first activity is the Founding Father Bowling Event. It takes place at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Gateway Lanes in Clare. It is free to students and just $5 for guests. Those going are treated to two games of bowling, shoes, pizza and soda. This event is sponsored by MMCC’s campus council, MC2 (MC Squared). This student group leads the way in sponsoring, organizing and running student activities at the college.

On Thursday, March 6, MC2 also is hosting a Mardi Gras Student Lock-In at the Recreation and Fitness Center on the Harrison campus. Like the previous event, it is free to students and guests pay $5. This event starts at 8 p.m. and runs until 9 a.m. Friday. For those who don’t know, a lock-in is basically an all-night party where students are locked into a building. It is a night that will be filled with food, prizes, and lots of fun. It should be a great time for everyone to get involved and meet new friends.

On April 11, MC2 is putting together a road trip to Detroit to see the Red Wings play hockey. Tickets for this event are just $55, which is a good deal considering that the price includes transportation and a ticket. This is an all-day event, with students scheduled to leave at 1 p.m. and return very late at night. Dinner will take place at Hockeytown Café, but the meal is not included in the price of the trip. What a great way to spend time with friends and to see the Red Wings in action.

There is also an opportunity to join the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Students who have completed at least 12 credits at MMCC and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible to join. The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, the group provides an opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence. There is a fee of $75 to join and students have until March 31 to join.

Tammy Alvaro, coordinator of student advancement and advisor of MMCC’s PTK chapter, calls this a “life-changing decision.”  There are various scholarship opportunities made available to students if they choose to join as well.

“You can participate as often or as little as you like or as you have time for,” Alvaro said in an email to students. “We want you to participate because it is fun. You may wish to keep in mind that it is a very tough job market out there, and you need to do all that you can to build your resume. If you join Phi Theta Kappa alone, you will have already done so.”

But Phi That Kappa is only one of more than 30 student groups on campus, ranging from archery and bass fishing clubs to an environmental club and a political science club. For a complete listing of groups, visit http://www.midmich.edu/?gid=2&sid=65&pid=368.

For more information on any of these events or activities, contact Tammy Alvaro, coordinator of student advancement, at talvaro@midmich.edu.

There are a variety of activities this semester to keep the stress off students and provide a night away from schoolwork. Most of the events are of little to no cost, so there is no excuse to not get out there and have some fun.

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