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The weather is getting colder outside, and if students are looking for a warm place to hang out, then the UMC could be the answer.
The UMC Connection has a lot of activities for students wanting to stay indoors with eight pool tables, 10 bowling lanes, and an arcade with games, pinball, foosball, air hockey, big screen TV and snacks.
“I love to go bowling at the UMC, it is right on campus and is something fun to do when my friends (when) I need to go out and get a break from studying for a night,” said Emily Andrews, a freshman pre-journalism major.
From Nov. 13 to Dec. 20, the UMC Art Gallery will be showing “Googled: Other Mark McLeods,” an exhibit available for everyone to view and enjoy for free.
“I think that the UMC Art Gallery has some really interesting shows. I try to walk in and check them out whenever there is a new one,” said Samantha Preslan, a sophomore history major.
The UMC was voted by the Colorado Daily as the “2006 Best Hangout in Boulder.” It was called “the lifeblood of CU – the nerve center and the place where it’s all goin’ on.”
Not only is the UMC a place to get some coffee and snacks to study with, but many student organizations have offices in the UMC, which makes it a good place to find out more information on how to get involved in student groups. Legal services, Peace Corps information, the Greek liaison office, Environmental Center, Model UN office, Radio 1190 and Woman’s Resource Center are just some of the offices located at the UMC.
“I spend a lot of time in the Model UN’s office at the UMC, there are quite a few of us that have office hours, but also, (I) just like to hang out and talk to people that are interested in our group,” said Kristina Getty, a senior international affairs major.
While students enjoy many of the services the UMC offers, there are variety of things students still would like to see.
“I’d like to see more computer labs. There are never enough spaces open when I need one,” said Ashley Matthews, a senior Ecology and Evolutionary biology major and employee at Celestial Seasonings. “I’d also like to be able to use my Flatiron Meal Plan in the UMC.”
Danielle Stutzman, a sophomore MCD biology major, wants the UMC to be a place that is better for studying.
“I’d really like to see a quieter study area,” Stutzman said.
Students like Ruth Smith, a freshman art major, feel the food options at the UMC could be improved.
“I want a Chipotle. The burrito place in Alferd Packard just doesn’t cut it. Also, I think some graffiti on the wall or some other kind of student art could lighten up the place,” Smith said.
Randy Williams, a sophomore integrative physiology major, would also like to be able to use other forms of payment at the UMC.
“I’d like to be able to use my Campus Cash or Buff Bucks in the UMC, and I’d definitely like more variety in the restaurants,” Williams said.
The UMC is still a good place for students to enjoy, and many students benefit from its addition to the university.
“I like the UMC the way it is, but I don’t think a little more variety in the restaurants will hurt anything,” said Levi Trembly, a junior Germanic studies major.
So, whether you need to chill out and spend some time bowling with friends, study for finals or check out the art exhibit, many students think that the UMC provides a good winter weather getaway.