Activities and events
Nothing to do? Not true—not here. In the fall and spring, Frisbees and footballs fly and blankets with students (studying and sleeping) dot the campus quad. During the winter, students keep warm on couches in the library, working out in the fitness center, or talking over coffee at the Hub. We’re not a “suitcase college”; students stay on the weekends and say the spontaneity and randomness of their homemade (and inexpensive) fun makes unique memories (and Facebook photos).
Students say unplanned fun is some of the best, but they turn out big for planned events too. Northwestern’s creative Student Activities Council fills the calendar with dances, concerts, open mic nights, and events like our own American Idol and Dancing With the Stars competitions. Nationally known speakers visit to talk about hot topics, and student clubs host events like Night-in-a-Box to raise awareness for homelessness. And every week there are recitals, plays, art exhibitions and Raider sports—all just a walk away.
Some Northwestern student traditions—like fall semester’s Clash of the Classes—have a history. Others—like Medieval Week’s Epic Battle—are new Northwestern bonding experiences. Other Northwestern traditions include:
- Ballroom Dance
- Battle of the Mighty Floyd [River]
- The Club @ N-Dub
- Coly Christmas Bash
- Dancing with the Profs
- NC/DC Extreme (our American Idol)
- NWC Best Dance Crew
- RUSH student dance exhibition
- Wild West Shoot-out