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Columnist encourages students to get outside

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April 17, 2008

Over the past five months we have been running from building to building and avoiding every possible reason to have to go out into the blistering cold. Now that the sun is shining and the thermometers are reading over 40 degrees, it is sure refreshing to see the grassy areas come to life.

Now that the spring semester is coming to an end, we seem to be having more free time on our hands while we await finals week. Many people may have forgotten how many fun activities are available here in River Falls.

Sporting activities are always a good way to spend time with friends, enjoy the weather and get some exercise as well. I don’t know about any of you, but if I haven’t encountered the freshman 15 over the past eight months, I sure have found some excess body fat that I didn’t bring with me.

With all the open grassy space on the west end of campus and the multitude of basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, there seems to be free fun around every corner.

Don’t forget all the fun to be had off campus as well. A beautiful part of River Falls, the Kinnickinnic River provides a peaceful walk or a fun place to sit and enjoy the silence while you study up for those last-minute assignments.

Main Street also offers a wide variety of social fun. Of course we are all aware of the $3 movie theatre, but now that the weather is nice, why not walk to it and enjoy the fresh air while you’re at it?

Along with the usual activities present here, there are also spring sporting events and intramurals that can always use the support and sportsmanship of fellow students. A couple interesting sports to attend right now are the men and women’s rugby and lacrosse games going on every weekend. If watching isn’t your cup of tea, try joining an intramural softball team and get into the action.

Now that a few options for spring-time fun have been re-opened to our campus life, go get into the fun, Falcons!

Although finals and finishing the semester on a high note are important right now, this is also a time to soak up all the school year fun we can before the separation of summer hits us.

Be sure to get out side and enjoy every minute we have left of the 07-08 school year, because there’s nothing like the fun we have here with our UWRF family.

Linda Abel is double-majoring in marketing communications and business communications with an emphasis in professional organization. In her free time she likes to dance, watch movies, hang out with friends and spend time with family.