ImpactSpring 2011

Students choose the best of UIndy

What would you say was the “Best of UIndy” when you were a UIndy student? What was the best residence hall on campus? The best in campus cuisine? The best intramural sport? More than 200 students completed a survey to tell us what’s best at UIndy. How does this list compare to your era at your alma mater?

What’s the best residence hall to live in freshman year?
And the winner is: Warren Hall.

Warren Hall (originally New Hall) is fairly close to the Schwitzer Student Center, providing quick access to food, friends, and recreation on campus. With its five floors of dual-occupancy rooms, Warren Hall offers a traditional dorm experience complete with matching comforters, rugs, and other room décor. Expect to make friends if you live in Warren Hall, students say, as it’s UIndy’s largest residence hall, housing more than 300.

What’s the best residence hall on campus?
The envelope, please: East Hall, built for upperclassmen.

It’s no surprise that UIndy’s newest residence hall is the top choice of places to live on campus. With its single-occupancy suites, stone fireplaces, and flat-screen TVs in each lounge, East Hall feels more like a resort than a residence hall.

Which building has the best architecture?
Drumroll: The Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

Home to the acoustically perfect Ruth Lilly Performance Hall as well as its own art gallery, the CDFAC plays host to numerous musical performances and art exhibitions each year. The award-winning edifice is recognizable and surrounded by sculptures—part of the campus-wide Fifth Third Bank Sculpture Walk.

What’s the best intramural sport/activity?
Hang on: Ultimate Frisbee.

More than 600 students participate in intramurals at UIndy, in sports including basketball, volleyball, racquetball, and soccer, to name a few. Ultimate Frisbee as an intramural sprang to life in 2008 and has gained popularity with the student body ever since. And even students who don’t play Ultimate Frisbee as an intramural can be found on Smith Mall tossing around a Frisbee with friends.

What’s the best way to study?
Who’d have thought it? Review notes—and read the book.

“Repetition. Repetition. Repetition. It’s boring,
but it works,” one student replied. Especially during midterm and finals weeks, you can find students camped out in the Sease Wing (open to students 24/7), poring over notes and re-reading chapters to prepare for the big tests.

What’s the best way to stay healthy on campus?
Take a hike: Use the treadmills and other machines in the Schwitzer Student Center.

New to campus in 2009, the workout equipment on the second level of Schwitzer Student Center is frequented by students who like being secluded from heavy student traffic and having a nice view of campus while they work out—not to mention multiple flat-screen TVs.

What’s the best thing to eat on campus?
Open wide: The Sub Hub’s classic sub.

Streets Grill, the Fiesta Grill, and the Sub Hub offer students tons of tasty choices when it comes to chowing down on campus. However, the students have spoken: the most delicious meal is the classic Sub Hub sub. Pick your meat and bread, pile on veggies, and top it with whatever dressing you like. The classic sub lets students create their perfect combination of ingredients to satisfy their hunger.

I absolutely cannot live without:
Wait for it: My cell phone.

We live in an age of connectedness and multitasking, so it makes sense that UIndy students chose cell phones as the item they need most to survive. Whether students are texting, Facebooking, or checking their e-mail, it’s rare for them not to be constantly glued to the phone.

What’s your favorite UIndy service activity?
Pretty in pink? Pink Week/Pinktober.

UIndy students voted Pink Week as their favorite service activity on campus, and their efforts and dedication during the event reflect that. During Pink Week 2010, the University of Indianapolis raised over $7,000 to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Organizations from all over campus pitched into the effort and demonstrated the
power and dedication of the student body.

What’s the best part about college?
Free at last: Freedom.

Freedom is a key ingredient in the college experience. At UIndy, there are many ways for students to choose their own destiny. They can choose from some 80 majors, tons of clubs and organizations, and countless campus jobs to build a life here. There are no campus curfews, and students can eat whatever they want whenever they want. Major in Archeology? No problem. Study sessions at 3 a.m.? Sure. Ice cream for breakfast? Yup.

Favorite campus events:
Now hear this: Free concerts.

It’s not only the concerts that are free—it’s all UIndy events! From outdoor movies on Smith Mall to comedians in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, students enjoy campus entertainment most when it comes at no cost at all. In the last year, Secondhand Serenade, White Tie Affair, and Drake Bell have performed for students on campus free of charge. A UIndy ID is a ticket to front-row seats at events throughout the year.

Best place for commuters to hang out?
Rack ’em: The Hub and game area of Schwitzer.

The Hub is always bustling with activity. Commuters can spend their down time grabbing a bite to eat, watching TV, or shooting some pool. The tables and booths in the Atrium and game area are also great places to do some quick studying before class. And if you want to catch a quick power nap, the second floor of Schwitzer offers many couches and chairs and a quieter atmosphere perfect for a little shut-eye.

Best music on campus?
Listen up: The guy who plays ukulele on Smith Mall.

Student Evan King can be counted on to serenade the student body with the catchy tunes he strums on on his ukulele. Fellow students hum along with his song selections as they walk to class. Evan often serenades passersby with music inspired by Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, among others. (If you’re not a fan of Jason or Jack, don’t fret—Evan takes requests!

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