What We Can’t Wait to Do When the Pandemic is Over

// Written by JACEY CRAWFORD ’21, Photo by NOUHAD E. MELKI II ’21

Although many aspects of campus life are alive and well during this pandemic, there are certain beloved traditions and events that are unable to take place due to COVID-19 restrictions. Below is a list of campus events that students are eager to have return once restrictions can safely be lifted.

Encore – Put on by the campus social club Avanti Boosters, “Encore” is a concert event that happens four times a year and features 16 or more students. Each Encore has a theme, such as “Disney” or “The 80s,” and students across campus audition to be featured in the show. Although this event has been put on hold for the time being, students can’t wait to pack into Reardon Auditorium and cheer on their classmates when this grand event returns.

Traditional CAB events – Although the Campus Activities Board (CAB) staff has adapted to the pandemic restrictions by creating safe and socially-distanced activities, there are many traditional CAB events that have been put on hold for the time being: Haunted hAUs (an on-campus haunted house featuring impressively ghostly AU students), Disco, Dancing, and Donuts (a 70s discotheque with — you guessed it — donuts), Bond (a semi-formal event with live music and card games), and much, much more.

Traditional IM sports – Similar to CAB, the intramural (IM) staff has adjusted to COVID-19 by introducing no-contact sports such as Spike Ball, tennis, cornhole, and KanJam. However, many students can’t wait for the return of traditional IM sports soccer, volleyball, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, and more.

Cheap Thrills – Three times each year, Reardon Auditorium is filled with uproars of laughter thanks to the campus comedy show “Cheap Thrills,” put on by the social club Dativus. Cheap Thrills consists of multiple sketches and skits acted out by the students in Dativus and has become a staple of the AU experience. Similar to Encore, this event has been paused due to COVID-19 and gathering size restrictions, but students enthusiastically await its return.

Concerts in Mocha Joe’s – Before the pandemic, it was nothing out of the ordinary to stumble upon a concert taking place in the campus coffee shop. While campus musicians have found safer ways to share their talents with the student body for the time being, students are longing for the day when they can sit in Mocha Joe’s, sip a cup of coffee, and jam to some sweet tunes. 

The simple things – Above all, students can’t wait for the day when they can once again safely participate in “the simple things”: squeezing 10 friends around a five-person table at the Marketplace, surprise-hugging friends in Mocha Joe’s, seeing how many students can cram into one hammock, making faces at each other across the Valley, going on weekend road trips, and making a run to Steak ‘n Shake at 2 a.m.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.