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Sturrus Phase II Reporter Mayra Monroy gives us an inside look at the new construction taking place at the fitness center. theSaint page 2 Thursday, August 22, 2013 Volume 33, Issue 1 >>NEWS Sustainability | 2 The zero-waste campus goal is aimed at with new initiatives. We’re up all night but we don’t get lucky. The places you’ll go Grand Rapids neighborhoods have food and fun to offer Senate aides study | 2 The Saint lets you know about summer research programs because it’s never too early to plan ahead. >>CULTURE K.T. Tunstall | 3 The singer returns after some major personal upheavals and gives us an album worth the wait. Haim | 3 Reporter Carly Plank tell us about Haim, a trio of sisters who know how to rock out. >>BACK Welcome back | 4 Check out our final page for need-to-know information about Aquinas’ Get AQuainted days. We’ve got all your backto-school socializing needs covered. By Laura Farrell News Editor It is easy to forget that the Aquinas campus is nestled in the middle of Michigan’s second largest city. While it appears that most of the action is downtown, unique neighborhoods surrounding campus should not be missed. Eastown, Gaslight Village, East Hills and Fulton Heights offer top notch entertainment, shopping and cuisine to get you out of your dorm room and into city living. Eastown: Very close to campus (just head east), Eastown is just mintues away. Arguably, the most famous hot spot in Eastown is Yesterdog, a dive restaurant that serves up the best messy chili dogs until the wee hours of morning. Spoonlickers, an up and coming “fro-yo” oasis, is giving Yesterdog a run for their money as the most popular spot in Eastown. Other notable places include Kava House, an eclectic, reasonably priced coffee shop that doubles as a study spot and Wolfgang’s, GR favorite that serves up delicious breakfast and lunch. Jimmy John’s, Pizza Hut, and Papa Johns will all give quick campus deliveries from their Eastown locations and have great student deals. Other student favorites include Bombay Cuisine, Harmony Brewery and The Chez Olga. Gaslight Village: Another short walk away from campus will get you to Gaslight Village. A mixture of franchise and locally owned businesses cater to every need. For practical needs, D &W grocery store, the UPS store and Walgreen’s pharmacy are all conveniently located on Wealthy St. Local spots include Jersey Junction, a tasty ice cream venue that will surely Time to get involved Saint Stock is the place to be to get the inside scoop on clubs and organizations By Mayra Monroy The Saint Reporter A favorite Aquinas Welcome Week event is underway and ready to rock. Saint Stock, a signature AQ event sponsored by Campus Life and Campus Ministry, will take place September 4, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center. Saint Stock is an event in which clubs going to be present at this event, students should take advantage of this opportunity to join on campus clubs, organizations and to get more information on events going on campus. RSOs and outside organizations set up stands and prepare to recruit newcomers to all the opportunities their organization has to offer. RSOs all across campus must go through the process of signing up and preparing a booth that will <<STUDENTS SHOULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY>> Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) and outside Grand Rapids organizations convene to provide insight and opportunities to new and old students of Aquinas. In planning since the final weeks of May, Assistant Director of Campus Life Tim Ramsey is in charge of setting up the entire project as well as monitoring the organizations within and outside of campus that apply to be a part of this signature event. “There are about 65 [organizations] this year. About 35 outside nonprofits organizations, etc,” Ramsey said. With so many outside organizations and Aquinas draw in students to check out their organization. The event is a campus favorite, as many students gather to explore what clubs, programs and organizations the Aquinas community has to offer. “Last year approximately 800 students went through,” Ramsey said. With so many students on Aquinas’ campus, Saint Stock is a great opportunity for AQ and local businesses and organizations to show newcomers what the community has to offer. satisfy. Other restaurants include Olga’s Kitchen, Rose’s, and Derby Station. Easily the most picturesque part of Gaslight Village,however, is Reed’s Lake. The beautiful lake that surrounds the hopping village includes bike/ running paths and trails. East Hills: This up and coming neighborhood is just a few blocks from campus. Acclaimed restaurants like Maru Sushi, Marie Catrib’s, Brewery Vivant and The Green Well are all located between Lake St. and Cherry St. and are renowned for their food and service. The lesser known Gaia LAURA FARRELL / THE SAINT Cafe sits on the corner of Cherry and Diamond and offers mouthwatering Eastown: Wealthy St. is the home to places like Wolfgang’s, Yesterdog, and Spoonlickers. vegetarian cuisine. Cherry Deli may hold one of the biggest produce and goods Wednesday evenings, Just minutes from campus sits busy menus in GR; their walls are covered in as well as on weekend mornings and downtown. Van Andel Arena hosts their sandwich options. East Hills also afternoons. Family Fare grocery store is the Grand Rapids Griffins, popular offers a wide variety of fun shops, such located just down the road from campus. musicians, and other events year round. as Lamb, Clothing Matters and Blue. Schnitz’s Deli and Bakery, next to Family The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), Blue is a Goodwill owned store that Fare, offers delicious deli finds and The GR Public Museum and The Gerald R. offers second hand women’s clothing freshly baked goods. Ford Museum always offer an afternoon for reasonable prices. East Hills is the of enlightenment. And John Ball Park Zoo place to be for a fun night out or quick Beyond the is just on the other side of Grand River. shopping trip. They offer discounted student prices and Neighborhood: Fulton Heights: Fulton Heights is perhaps the most convenient neighborhood for students. The most notable spot is the Fulton Heights Farmer’s Market, where the newly renovated space offers fresh If you’re looking to catch the latest flick, Celebration Cinema has locations at Knapp’s Corner, Rivertown Mall, and Woodland Mall (second-run movies only set you back four dollars). Celebration also offers student discounts with your Aquinas ID. newly renovated habitats. No matter where you choose to go, Grand Rapids has a lot to offer. Use your ID to get a forty cent bus ride on the Rapid and explore the city. Campus eats AQ offers dining options for all schedules, budgets and appetites By Cait Hilton The Saint Reporter As new and terrifying as the beginning of the Aquinas experience is, at least they feed you. Just a meal swipe away is the deliciousness at Wege Dining Hall, the college’s cafeteria that you have probably seen on campus visits, AQ Days or your STAR Day. It is located on the south side of the academic building. Monday through Friday, Wege is open for breakfast 7:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m. with continental breakfast 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. For lunch, the cafeteria is available from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. with a light lunch 1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Dinner is served 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday brunch is served from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., with dinner from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Within the cafeteria, apart from LAURA FARRELL / THE SAINT Wege’s usual selections, there is a salad bar and The Shakk. Breakfast is served from The Shakk counters Dinner time: Wege dining is here to deliver cuisine choices that will satisfy everyone’s every morning and this year, with appetite. a new healthy twist. Greek yogurts, Sundays. The cafe will remain closed on to brew you hot drinks and serve you Wellness bars and various granolas will Saturdays. The Corner Cafe is great for snacks, The Moose is up and running now be available for breakfast. The Wege those with busy schedules. If a student Monday - Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-1:00 staff will continue to take pride in their cannot make it to dinner at Wege, The a.m. On Friday, the shop opens 7:30 a.m.“from scratch” healthier cooking in their Corner offers a limited amount of dinner 12:00 a.m., on Saturday the hours are 9:00 bakery. For lunch and dinner hours, items that can be paid for with a meal a.m.-12:00 a.m. and Sunday’s hours are The Shakk will also provide creative swipe after 7:00 p.m. Every other meal 9:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m. selections from stir-fry, pasta, and subs can be purchased with cash, credit card, The Moose is a great place to that you can put your own spin on. get homework done and meet with AQ cash or with flex cash. In the lower level of Wege, students Freshmen, your campus visits and professors and friends all while enjoying can also dine at The Corner Cafe. You tours have probably also brought you good coffee. Wege Cafeteria and The can eat in or take your order to go. The past the Cook Carriage House, which Corner Cafe are always working hard to Corner Cafe is proud to announce that all is kitty-corner from the campus library. bring quality meals to the table for the disposable materials, such as to-go boxes The main floor of the building is a safe student body. Aside from these places, and plastic cups, are now compostable- haven for most students and is called vending machines can be found in the just another way AQ works towards The Moose. The Moose is a coffee shop residence halls, all academic buildings building a sustainable environment. that opens early so you can start your and Sturrus Sports Center. The Corner Cafe is open Monday- day on the right foot and closes late to More information can be found on Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m., ensure that you can get those “it’s way the campus dining page at www.aquinas. Friday 10:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m., and, starting past my bed time” cramming sessions edu/food. this year, from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on in before class the next morning. Able

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