What to do at the 'Zou: Guide to free events around campus

Thursday, July 28, 2011 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

MU schedules a number of events on campus throughout the year to give students a break from academic pressures.

The best part — many are free. Here's a sampling:

  • Fall Welcome concert: Each year, the College Music Committee gets big artists to come to Columbia for a semester-opener performance. This year, chart-topping artist Jason Derulo ("Whatcha Say," "In My Head") will perform the free show on campus. His performance will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 in front of the MU Student Center.

  • Outdoor Film Series: The series shows recent films on Wednesdays and Fridays. It will kick off with "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" at 8 p.m. Sept. 8 in Jesse Wrench Auditorium, Memorial Student Union. Andrew Lang, assistant director of the Department of Student Activities, said free food and drinks will be available. Most movies are free, but some cost $1. Wednesday movies begin at 8 p.m. and Friday films start at 9 p.m.
  • Mizzou After Dark: This program offers late-night fun without party-scene risks. Campus Activities Coordinator Lauren Karr said the organization has a number of events ready for fall. The first will be a late-night scavenger hunt around campus on Sept. 23. Other plans include its signature spa night — complete with free haircuts and massages — and a superhero night, both in October. Mizzou After Dark events are free for students and $5 for friends and family. Each event lasts from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Check in periodically with the Mizzou After Dark website for an updated list of events. 
  • Other options: Students can congregate for competition on Stankowski Recreation Complex's multiple sand-volleyball courts and football/soccer fields, weather permitting. The Shack, located in the Student Center, has two projection screens that air football and basketball games during each season. The Shack also has pool tables and a shuffleboard table for those grabbing burgers or spending downtime at the Student Center.

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