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During the month of October, there will be no shortage of events at Emmanuel’s prime hangout spot: the Jean Yawkey Center. Besides the fact that students can lounge, study, work out, and hang out in the building until 2 am every day, a number of events are scheduled for the next month.
As midterms are approaching, the JYC will be ‘bringing the dogs back’ for petting and cuddling. The dogs will be brought in for one day during the week of midterms, just in time for anyone who needs a little relaxing and someone to play with. Kevin Farrell, the Director of Student Center Services, would like to point out that there will be dogs and not puppies, because last year the broken promise of puppies “created an uproar.” Whether puppies or grown dogs, it should be fluffy fun either way.
The center will also begin hosting Midnight Frisbee every Tuesday starting October 22nd. Signups will be available from the 13th to the 15th. For other sports fans, the Programming Board will be hosting Midnight Volleyball on the 16th. Every single Sunday night in the gym, Emmanuel also hosts the Colleges of the Fenway Intramurals!
Another coffee house night will occur during the Fall Fest, so get ready for some soulful guitar strumming accompanied by quiet chit-chat. EC Laughs, a comedy night, will take place on the 19th, and Not Your Average Karaoke will (unfortunately for some of our ears) fill the house on the 23rd. For those afraid of the stage but brave souls otherwise, Fright Fest will occupy the JYC on Halloween, put on by Emmanuel’s own Black Student Union. And one event any and all students can enjoy will be National Food Day on the 24th in the Atrium.
The Jean Yawkey Center is also one of the easiest places to get a deal around the Fenway. On the 11th, movie tickets will be on sale for a mere five dollars, which pretty much cuts the cost of a normal ticket in half. Every Tuesday, vendors are right there on campus selling hats, scarves, jewelry and more for relatively low prices.
As more events are being planned in the JYC, Kevin Farrell, who was appointed as Assistant Director of Student Activities only one year ago, hopes that students start to see more positive changes in the building. It isn’t simply a dining hall and gym- it is a place for everyone to be together, hang out, and feel part of a student community. He hopes that with more events and later hours, a “student vibrancy” will ring across campus.
Students may follow the JYC at @JYCtweets for updates about events.
Correction: Kevin Farrell is the Director of Student Center Services and Assistant Director of Student Activities. But in reference to the Jean Yawkey Center, his title is Director of Student Center Services.