Killing time, enjoying yourself and still making class
By Dave Yasvinski
Now that most first-year students have made their way to campus (presumably with the intention of attending class) the question arises of how to occupy those annoying little gaps in your course schedule. No need to worry, the university offers a plethora of options for students looking to waste a little time.
You'll soon discover that on campus slacking begins and ends at the University Community Centre's Centrespot the universal student meeting place for overpriced food. This is a great location to pass time, in fact, if you're stopping by around noon you can easily kill an hour just looking for a place to sit.
If you're looking for eating alternatives and even a game of pool you can hit either of Western's campus pubs The Spoke or the Wave. However, depending on how many beers you can drink in sixty minutes you may end up killing more than an hour. If you find yourself in the neighbourhood of Middlesex College, you can while away some time in The Grad Club but try to hide your age for as the name implies, it's intended for grad school students.
You can also catch a game of pool in the lower level of the UCC at Gizmos while simultaneously investing all your laundry money perfecting your computerized martial arts skills at the arcade.
While the weather's still nice you can venture outside onto the paved area in front of the UCC, lovingly referred to as the Concrete Beach. Here you can pass time basking in the sun while watching fourteen-year olds kill themselves attempting insane tricks on their skateboards. This is also a great location to survey the student body.
If you're looking for a little more activity, you can spend your time in the UCC gym aerobicizing, swimming, pumping iron or, well, once again surveying the student body. You can also enjoy a game of basketball, squash or racquetball if time permits.
If all else fails you can always spend some time in one of Western's libraries the quietest places on campus to catch up on some sleep. Oh, they also have some reading material there. If you're after a certain book you're in luck, an hour is just enough time to find it.
You can also log on to one the computers in the library or one of Western's many computer labs and spend an hour trying to figure out why there's so many Hanson web sites.
However, if none of these options appeal to you, fret not, you've got the perfect solution in your hands. (Insert shameless promotion here) You can always read and reread The Gazette time well spent.