Hi, everyone! If you haven’t noticed, there’s a lot of things going on at Loyola all of the time, but in case you find yourself with a free night, here’s a quick guide to things that we have planned for you in February. Don’t forget—it’s a leap year, so you have a whole other day to do something fun or try something that interests you!

February 1: Commuter On-the-Go Breakfast (Peace Quad, 8:00a-10:00a)

Attention, commuters! Loyola loves you! Go grab your doughnut and coffee in the Peace Quad on this fine Wednesday morning. If you live on campus and you can get yourself up that early, feel free to take some food too as a reward. I’ve many a time gotten a free breakfast from these people. They’re lovely.

February 2: Study Abroad Fair (St. Charles Room in the Danna Center, 11:30am-2:00pm)

Studying abroad as an undergrad is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you shouldn’t automatically write off. No matter the major or the money, consider taking half an hour to talk to the Loyola Study Abroad Office as well as representatives from over 40 countries. Most programs let you pay exactly the same as your Loyola tuition (read: no extra money beyond travel expenses). I spent this past summer in Italy with a Loyola Study Abroad program and had the time of my life. If you have time during the window, stop by and ask questions. Who knows where half an hour will take you?

February 2: Careers in Healthcare (Audubon Room, 2nd Floor Danna Center, 12:30pm-1:30pm)

The Loyola Counseling Center has a great career counseling program (stop by there if you haven’t already—there are some really fun people there who love to give advice). If you’ve ever considered a career in healthcare, no matter what your major, consider stopping by and finding out something new.

February 2: HUNS Jewish Lecture Series (Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall, 6:15pm-8:30pm)

Don’t write off these seminars. If you have the time, these really are valuable and such learning opportunities are really only available for free at universities like Loyola. Dr. Yael Hirsch from the Paris Institute of Political Studies is going to present some of her research in a lecture called “The Last Marranos: Examining 20th Century Jewish Converts-to-Christianity in Light of the Holocaust.”

Talk to your professors about this. A lot of them might be willing to give you extra credit, especially if your class is in the realm of history or religion.

February 3: King Cake Giveaway/MGI Career Fair Promo (11:00am-2:00pm, Danna Center Front Porch)

FREE FOOD. Need I say more?

February 3: 100 Days ‘til Graduation Senior Celebration (5:15pm-7:00pm, Marquette Lawn; Ignatius Chapel; Sculpture Garden)

Loyola celebrates its centennial this year, and if you’re a graduating senior, I’m quite jealous of you, because you’re going to have a way better graduation than me.

Just kidding. Maybe.

If you’re graduating, I can’t imagine how this couldn’t have crossed your lines of communication yet, but Loyola’s throwing you a party. And Loyola knows how to throw a party.

February 5: Black History Month Mass (9:00pm-10:00pm, Ignatius Chapel)

In case you didn’t know, Loyola holds a Sunday student mass at 9:00pm every Sunday (there’s also one at 10:30am), but this one is especially geared toward Black History Month. There’s usually a gospel choir and some other after-mass festivities, so consider going.

February 6-10: Mardi Gras Traditions and Celebration Week

As I said before, Loyola knows how to throw a party. Look out for various celebrations all over school. They’re bound to have free food, free stuff, and free knowledge.

February 8-12: Anton in Show Business

Loyola’s theater department is putting on their first big play of the semester, a comedy by Jane Martin. Anton in Show Business is based on three actresses who have been cast in an Anton Chekhov play “The Three Sisters.” This play will have an all-female cast, directed by Ann Mahoney Kadar. This play touches on all kinds of issues—gender roles, stereotypes, and the mysteries of life. The theater department is fantastic—consider seeing this! It makes an excellent date night or start to a night out.

The play will run in the Lower Depths Theater in the Communications and Music Building on February 8, 9, 10, and 11 at 8:00pm and February 12 at 2:00pm. Admission is $8 for students and $12 for seniors, faculty, and staff.

February 6: The Lost Eagle: The Untold Story of the Legionary Eagle on Rome’s Most Famous Statue (7:00pm-9:30pm, Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall)

Dr. Bridget Buxton is going to give this lecture about the Prima Porta Augustus. Again, ask your professors for extra credit. This is a great opportunity to learn something!

February 7: The Romantic Cello (7:30pm-9:30pm, Roussel Performance Hall, 2nd Floor Communications/Music Complex)

Allen Nisbet and Yui Asano present a free night of cello and piano music. Free concert!!! Bring your friends.

February 8: Study Abroad Info Session (5:00pm-6:00pm, Multimedia Room 2, Monroe Library)

If you missed the study abroad event earlier or just want even more information, consider stopping by and learning about your options. Remember, your college experience is what you make of it.

February 13-17: Love Your Body Week

Hang out around the Danna Center around lunchtime to view art and participate in activities celebrating people of all shapes and sizes. It’s a lot of fun and you feel awesome, so definitely go!

February 14: Class of 2012 Grad Fair (10:00am-6:00pm, St. Charles Room, Danna Center)

If you’re a graduating senior, celebrate Valentine’s Day by getting everything you need for graduation! If you’re not a graduating senior, stop by to look at what you get to look forward to!

February 14: Biological Sciences Research Seminar with Dr. Stephanie Cormier (12:30pm-1:30pm, Monroe Hall Room 157)

Alternatively, you can celebrate Valentine’s Day by heading to a research seminar on Developmental Regulation of IL-4Ra and the Immunopathogenesis of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection. Biology students will probably get extra credit—how romantic!

February 15: Hungry for More—African American Women and Body Image (6:30pm-8:30pm, St. Charles Room, Danna Center)

Robyn McGee is a Los Angeles-based write and a motivational speaker who’s written a book called Hungry for More. She travels around the country speaking to young people about the importance of maintaining healthy minds, bodies, and spirits. If you’re interested in gender issues (or, if you’re interested in gender—we all have a gender, and it affects us way more than we know), definitely attend. There’s a reception afterwards, and that means free food!

February 20-24: Mardi Gras Holidays

Have fun, be safe, and catch those beads!

For more events, click here to find our lovely school calendar that has all of the events you could ever ask for! A great place to round out your social calendar (and maybe stalk places that have free food).

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