Need a break? Check out these upcoming events

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Say goodbye to thick coats and freezing temperatures. With spring season finally here, North Central is offering events throughout the term that you should definitely check out if you’re looking for a distraction from studying. These events include student art exhibitions, theater productions, the annual Springfest celebration and if you’re into music, the Union is also bringing in different artists to perform every Friday night.

Student art exhibitions

From March 26 to May 5, the art department will feature works from students at the Oesterle Library gallery. It’s open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. For more information, contact Nickole Lanham, North Central’s director, at (630)637-5375 or nclamham@noctrl.edu.

‘The Navigator’

The story is about a man whose GPS system starts to lead him in the right direction of his life. After a few major life changes, he starts to question to what degree he has control over his own life. This show is written by Eddie Antar and directed by theater faculty member Laura Lodewyck. Opening night is Thursday, April 20 and will also be performed on Saturday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 23, at 2 p.m.

“The Navigator” will be showing in the Meiley-Swallow Theater, and the ticket prices range from $8 to $10, but is free for students with your ID. You can purchase your ticket online or contact the box office at (630) 637-7469 for reservations.

 The Union

The Union Network is a place where students, friends and families gather every Friday night to listen to young and talented musicians from all genres. For the next couple of weeks here are the upcoming events happening:

  • May 5: North by North Central
  • May 12: Student Showcase (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
  • May 20: Action Day concert
  • May 26: Micah Bournes (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
  • June 2: Block Party concert

If you’re an NCC student, make sure to bring your student ID to the venue. For guests, you can pay for your desired events upfront.

Springfest

This year’s Springfest celebration will take place on Saturday, May 6, from 3 to 6 p.m. The event will be held in Jefferson Plaza with a backup rain location at Residence Hall and Recreation Center. The theme this year is Hawaiian luau, which includes decorations like hula skirts, Hawaiian leis and some fun sunglasses.

“We decided to go with the Hawaiian theme because it hasn’t been done in a while and we try to recycle themes as much as we can,” said Evan Hansen, one of the co-presidents of CUAB. “I really think we have a lot tying into the theme itself. Last year’s went really well, and if the weather and logistics go well this year, I think this year’s will be better.”

Moreover, Hansen is hopeful that this celebration will only bring the campus closer together. “One of our goals is to bring commuters and non-commuters together, entertain the student body and celebrate the completion of another academic year,” said Hansen. “We basically just want people to have fun.”

During this event, various student organizations will each have their own booth for you to check out. On top of that, there will be food trucks, prizes, inflatables and a DJ to provide a musical background to all the activity.

Come out, have some fun with your friends, and enjoy free food. What more can you ask for?

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Stella Marie Go Fanega is a Contributing Writer for the Chronicle/NCCLinked.

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