Friday, April 4, 2008

Toss the winter blues...
Spring is here!

Find out more about Earth Week events at SMU and also check out some cool spring activity ideas.

Students plan ahead for an Earth-friendly week


By Betsy Baertlein
Feature Editor

The Saint Mary’s University Student Activities Committee, Eco-Representatives and Health Advocates have been busy planning ahead for Earth Week, which begins Saturday, April 19 (Earth Day) and runs through Friday, April 25. A tentative schedule for the week is as follows:

Saturday, April 19: SMU will host a booth at the Winona State Earth Day Festival.

Sunday, April 20: Eco-Reps will lead a canoe trip and picnic on the Mississippi River.

Monday, April 21: Eco-Reps will conduct car emissions testing at the main entrance to campus.

Tuesday, April 22: SAC will host free bike tune-ups.

Wednesday, April 23: Eco-Reps will conduct a waste audit.

Thursday, April 24: Health Advocates will host a health fair on the role that nature plays in having a healthy lifestyle and being in touch with one’s nutrition.

Friday, April 25: Eco-Reps will host SMUStock, an evening event to be held in St. Yon’s field with acoustic music, organic food, a campfire, and optional camping.

More information about all of these events, including sign-up information, will be available soon.

Fun spring activities


By Alexa Strouth
Guest Writer

Have you taken a look outside and noticed the sunny weather? With the snow melting, spring is finally here! It’s about time we put away our huge winter coats. If you are looking for some fun ideas for spring, look no further. Here are the top 10 things to do on a spring day:

Biking: Yes, it’s cliché but, surprisingly, a lot of fun.
Gardening: We know you’re just dying to put on those old gloves and plant some seeds.
Baseball: Or just play catch if there are not enough people.
Kiteboarding: Attach a kite to your wakeboard, long board, or any board you think of and feel the difference. It’s a ton of fun!
Skateboarding: “He was a skater boy, she was a skater girl,” and maybe you can make it a skate date!
Swimming: Any outdoor water park you know of has to be a blast!
Fishing: What guy doesn’t like to fish?
Jogging: Stay healthy and look better. Running is so much easier outside, anyway.
Rollerblading: Everyone used to blade when they were little. What happened to your wild side?
Hiking: We live right next to the bluffs, so why not?

Now that you have some ideas for spring time, hopefully you will get off your couch and turn off “America’s Next Top Model” to go explore what’s outside. What have you got to lose?

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