by Naomi Stuart
Madison Union was bustling even more than usual this past Wednesday, September 4th, with the annual first semester Madison Union Open House. Every floor of Madison Union was filled with enriching activities, food, and valuable information about how Madison Union is an essential asset to making student life fun and easy.
Down in TDU students participated in a casual drum circle, where an instructor was leading drumming and anyone was welcome to join in. Adjunct Music and Human Services professor Robby McCoubrey led the circle. As a music therapist, McCoubrey encouraged students to join in on the drumming, creating a welcoming community environment. Just next to the drums was a big nacho buffet where students were able to grab free food in between their classes.
Free food was available not just in TDU, but throughout the whole building. Many Madison Union offices had their doors open to encourage students to come in and learn more about what each office had to offer. There were MU staff everywhere, hoping to show that MU is a welcoming place.
“Madison Union is just a great atmosphere. Everyone is so friendly and helpful,” said Molly Fletcher, a Junior IDLS major.
The fun didn’t stop there. The open house included live music, airbrush tattoos, and many Madison Union branded giveaways. Students came for the free items and experiences that could make their day in addition to new knowledge that will help make their year.
The music, food, and games were a great success for the Madison Union offices, achieving their goal of getting students involved and helping them see opportunities to use the many tools at Madison Union.
Eve Shlotterer, a freshman Health Sciences major, said she learned a lot by attending the open house. Though she originally came to see the farmers market, the event pulled her in and she ended up visiting many of the offices and discovered the DUX Leadership Center.
“I’m trying to do something other than just going to class,” she said about her interest in DUX.
Freshman CIS major Noah Kolafa also discovered more than he thought he would in his trip to the open house. Though he originally stopped by for a free t-shirt, he saw the many other things that were happening and decided to look around. Before attending this event, both freshmen had only used MU for the mailroom. They were able to come away from the open house with greater knowledge of the resources available to them on campus.