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Activities and events on campus this month

With so many options for entertainment in the Twin Cities, it is difficult to imagine not being able to find something to do. Minneapolis and St. Paul both offer a thriving and vibrant arts community, tons of opportunities to explore different cultures and foods, and eight professional sports teams. With so many choices in the community surrounding campus, it is sometimes easy to overlook events happening on the U of M campus itself.

You can stay in touch with all of the happenings around campus by visiting the University of Minnesota's events calendar. There you will find all sorts of happenings like guest lectures, seminars, Golden Gophers athletics, art exhibitions, theatre performances, concerts, and more.

One of my favorite on-campus events that I attended during my undergraduate career was the School of Music's Chamber Music Galla, which was a string performance by graduate students in the School of Music. At the time I was taking an introduction to guitar class, and my instructor was a student in the Master of Fine Arts program and performed with other students during the event. To this day, it is still one of my favorite concerts ever! Another popular event that many students enjoy is the annual College of Design student fashion show.

Here's a very small sampling of the events happening on campus this month:

Feb. 2 - Gopher men's basketball vs. Indiana (watch in-person or cheer on the team with other fans at Goldy's Gameroom!)

Feb. 3 - Free showing of Food, Inc. at the St. Paul Student Center Theater as part of Green Week

Feb. 3 - The Voronezh State Ballet Theatre of Russia performs Swan Lake at Northrop Memorial Auditorium 

Feb. 4 & 5 - Gophers After Dark at Coffman Memorial Union (learn more here)

Feb. 5 - Galactic Bowling at the St. Paul Student Center

Feb. 5 - Free showing of Due Date at the Coffman Theater

Feb. 8 - Author Charles Baxter discusses his new book "Gryphon" at Coffman Memorial Union

Feb. 8 - Bergen Woodwind Quintet in concert at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Feb. 9 - The War of Words About Science discussion with former WCCO-TV news anchor Don Shelby

Feb. 11 - Winter's Tale (performed by University Theater Arts & Dance) at Northrop Memorial Auditorium 

Feb. 11 - Gopher men's hockey vs. Denver at Mariucci Arena

Feb. 12 - Gopher women's gymnastics Best of Minnesota meet at U of M Sports Pavilion

Feb. 16 - Free showing of The Social Network, St. Paul Student Center Theater

Feb. 17 - Noah Earle, Luke Redfield, and William Within concert at The Whole in Coffman Memorial Union

Feb. 17 - Gopher women's basketball vs. Purdue at Williams Arena

Feb. 23-24 - Gopher men's swimming and diving Big Ten Championship at the University Aquatic Center

Feb. 24 - BITS Student Variety Show at The Whole 

So, if you're curious about student life and wondering what happens on campus outside the classroom, make sure to check out the University's events calendarStudent Unions & ActivitiesNorthrop Memorial Auditorium, and GopherSports.com

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