It’s back to school season at West Chester University. After a messy weekend of snow and sleet, students started classes on Jan. 23. 

There are positive feelings about being back to school after an extra week of winter break. Fourth-year Jon Schafer is looking forward to his last semester here at school. Third-year Schiavon VanBuskirk looks at this semester as “a fresh start.”

Some students, however, are not too happy about coming back to school. Some students are sad to leave behind home cooked meals and having to eat the on-campus food. Others feel like the break went by too fast and they aren’t ready to start classes yet. 

A lot of exciting events are happening on campus during the month of February for students and guests to look forward to attending. The most notable event coming up is the crowning of a new Miss WCU on Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Asplundh concert hall. Tickets are on sale at the SSI Ticket Office in Sykes. 

Eating Disorder Awareness Week will be at the end of February, put on by Sister to Sister Peer Mentors. The Peer Mentors raise awareness about different eating disorders and promote positive body image to their sorority sisters and other women on campus. All women, Greek or non-Greek, are encouraged to attend. More information about the events will be coming soon. 

The WCU Department of Theater and Performing Arts are holding an AIDS benefit on Fri. Feb. 3 and Sat. Feb. 4. The benefit is free but donations are encouraged instead of paying an admission fee. 

The show Make Me A Song: The Music of William Finn, will be performed Feb. 23 through Feb. 26. The show is a collection of songs written by William Finn and put together by Rob Ruggerio. Tickets are $5 and the show will be performed in the Adler Studio Theater. 

Students are encouraged to attend the different athletic events as well. The WCU men’s basketball team plays at home for five games in February. The WCU women’s basketball team also plays five games at home. 

The WCU Pink Zone is Feb. 18 and will be held all day in the Hollinger Gym. Pink Zone is the NCAA women’s basketball game that raises awareness for Breast Cancer. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Kay Yow Center. Students who have any fundraising ideas can contact Coach Kane. 

The Brownie Bake Off will be held on Monday, Feb. 20. The bake-off benefits the West Chester Area Food Cupboard. The brownies will be on sale for 50 cents to a dollar. This is an all day event in Sykes. Students interested in baking brownies for the sale can  sign up by Feb. 13 with the Office of Service Learning and Volunteer Programs in Killinger Hall. 

The residence halls will be holding their blood drives throughout the month of February and into the beginning of March. The dates can be found on the Office of Service Learning and Volunteer Programs page on the West Chester website. To donate, please see a desk assistant or an Resident Assistant in your respective hall. 

Look out for the Spring Involvement Fair on Feb. 1. 

In keeping with the season of Valentine’s Day, students will be able to decorate a cake for their special someone on Feb. 14 in the ballrooms in Sykes from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. 

Twilight fans will be pleased to know that a Twilight Marathon will be happening Feb. 16 through Feb. 19 for the weekly Sykes movie. All movies are $2 and held in the Sykes Theater. 

More information and events can be found on the West Chester University website on the calendar page. 

Margaret Weaver is a fourth-year student majoring in English. She can be reached at MW608077@wcupa.edu. 

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