By Danielle Faipler
The UConn Taekwondo Club made club history at the final ECTC tournament of the 2012/2013 season when it won the Division III title and became a Division II team. To read more, click below.
By Mike Corasaniti
Beating the heat in Storrs, Connecticut is rarely an issue for students at the University of Connecticut.
For the majority of time spent at school, the common fashion trends among students consist of heavy jackets, hats and gloves rather than shorts and sandals. But, when Spring hits the UConn community, students still have plenty of options in terms of staying cool.
At any time of day, ice cream is always a hit for students, parents or anyone else visiting Storrs. And although many frozen yogurt venues have been opening up on and around campus in recent months, the place to go for ice cream is and has always been the Dairy Bar ever since it opened it’s doors to the UConn community in 1958.
“Especially when it starts to get a little warmer around here, this place gets so packed that the line starts to go out the door,” said junior marketing major and Dairy Bar employee Kurt Wehr.
The Dairy Bar, which has been at it’s current location in the George White building since 1998, offers more than 20 different ice cream flavors to customers (including seasonal flavors like peppermint stick and pumpkin) that are made exclusively from the milk of UConn-housed cows.
One challenge though presented by the Dairy Bar however is it’s location. For students living on the opposite side of campus, their ice cream could be a good 20-minute walk or bus ride away. Luckily, Dairy Bar ice cream is filtered through the Blue Cow at a much more central location in the Student Union, as well.
For students looking for some caffeine in the morning or afternoon (or looking to avoid some of the ice cream calories), iced coffee is a popular way to go as well. For many, including sophomore exploratory studies major Tiffany Chen, the jumbo iced coffees at The Beanery are the obvious choice.
“It’s by far the biggest iced coffee on campus…No other place on campus offers such a big coffee serving and I like that,” said Chen.
The Beanery, located on the first floor of the Benton Museum of Art, offers snacks and deserts, signature lattes and the legendary jumbo iced coffee, the biggest iced coffee that one can buy on the UConn Storrs campus.
A popular spot to enjoy an ice cream or iced coffee is at Swan Lake, located at the base of the Chemistry Building. For years, Swan Lake was the most popular spot for swimming on campus, and from 1901 to 1930, it was home to the annual Sophomore-Freshman rope pull, where undergraduates would compete in a tug of war in the middle of the lake for a year’s worth of bragging rights.
After 1930, the annual rope pull was moved to neighboring Mirror Lake where it continued on still for a number of years. Along with the competition though, Mirror Lake provided another popular spot for swimming when it was warm enough as well as “laking,” a common practice for fraternity members to throw each other in the lake at any time if they were caught not wearing the Greek letters of their organization.
Today, students are no longer allowed in the lakes (although, as per University rules, they are allowed on the island in the middle of Mirror Lake if they somehow make it to it without going by water), but it is still one of the most popular spots on campus to cool off and enjoy the sight of the fountains, the breeze and shade provided.
Sophomore accounting major Kyle Levesque frequently stops by the swings by Mirror Lake when he has a free moment.
“[It’s] definitely my favorite little places to stop by on the way to class,” Levesque said. “Or anytime, really, when I’m just looking to relax in the shade.”
The University of Connecticut, like any campus, is a hotspot for people of different backgrounds and culture to gather while furthering their education. At a campus as large as the Storrs campus, which spans over 3,000 acres, students are exposed to many different sites and sounds that make this campus unique.
One area that is constantly populated by UConn’s student body is Fairfield Way. Fairfield Way is a constant hub of traffic, as it serves as an unofficial campus center. Students and faculty are constantly walking through the area as they carry on personal conversations, listen to speakers stationed along the street, and enjoy the sales of local food such as Faddy’s Donuts.
Another area where there is constant action is one of the University’s 19 residential housing areas. Roughly 75% of UConn’s undergraduate population lives in on-campus housing, which turns these areas into a center for student activity. During the spring, students can be seen playing volleyball, basketball, and many other sports on one of the area’s many fields or facilities. Birds can be heard chirping, music is blasting, and UConn’s famous wind can make even the hottest day feel cool. Whether it’s throwing a Frisbee with friends, or laying out for a tan on the quad, students take full of advantage of their residential areas.
Spring also brings about new seasons for the sports teams that UConn is so passionate about. The UConn baseball team is in contention for a Big East title, and is always supported by the student fan group, The K9 Unit. The softball team is currently hovering around .500, as they hope for a strong end to their Big East Campaign. UConn is also currently fielding Golf, Women’s Lacrosse, and Track and Field teams that are all hoping to finish the season on a high note as UConn heads towards a new conference. Finally, the UConn football team has recently held its spring practice, leaving fans with a look at next season, which features the “best home schedule ever.”
UConn also offers a variety of other activities for those who aren’t interested in sports, including shows, movie nights, and the most popular, concerts. SUBOG has recruited artists such as Alesso and Childish Gambino, but students were excited for April’s spring concert, which featured rapper Kendrick Lamar and DJ Steve Aoki. While many students felt that the ticketing process snubbed them, Gampel Pavillion was packed as UConn danced and sang along to songs such as “Backseat Freestyle” and “Turbulence”.
Finally, UConn was treated to something that it had only seen 7 times previously: a women’s basketball national championship. The UConn Huskies, led by legendary coach Geno Auriemma and Freshman superstar Brianna Stewart, dismantled conference rivals Louisville in the championship game, winning by an outstanding 33 points. UConn’s students took to Gampel Pavillion to watch the game, and celebrated in true UConn fashion, belting out “We Are the Champions” while storming the Gampel floor. The party then moved to Fairfield Way, where a DJ booth and light show greeted students ready to celebrate their school’s accomplishment.
The University of Connecticut is home to roughly 17,000 undergraduates, each of which brings a unique sound to campus. Whether a student can be heard cheering on their Huskies at a sporting event, or just talking on their way to class, every student contributes to the sound of UConn., and no time makes this more apparent than lovely spring time in Storrs.
By Ryan Tolmich
As spring semester comes to a close, University of Connecticut freshmen reflect on their first year of college and give advice and tips to incoming freshmen.
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