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Everyone has a favorite summer activity. Some people can’t wait to go to the beach, while others yearn for the delicious sweet corn prevalent in August. Here on campus, many students share a love for the Memorial Union; especially during the summer.
The Memorial Union stands as a central hub of campus activity located at the intersection of Langdon and Park St
. “The Union” as students commonly call it, houses a wide variety of food options: Peet’s Coffee and Tea
, the quick service cafeteria Lakefront on Langdon, Daily Scoop serving the renowned campus-made Babcock ice cream
, and the highly popular der Rathskeller German-style beer hall. While the diverse food offerings bring in many students and faculty for a meal or snack, the Union is also home to a variety of activity.
Students regularly convene inside to visit the Essentials desk to purchase bus tickets to Milwaukee, Chicago and Minneapolis. Others pass through to attend “mini courses,” student org meetings, and movie showings. And even more come to do homework, listen to live performances in the Rathskeller, or wind down from a long week with a drink and a game of cards. While the inside of the Memorial Union is bustling with activity year-round, the Memorial Union terrace is generally the hot spot during the spring, summer and fall.
Located behind the Memorial Union, “the terrace” offers beautiful views of Lake Mendota, and the opportunity to relax and unwind on its plethora of picnic tables and iconic patio furniture. While enjoying the sight of passing sailboats and the smell (or taste) of brats, beer, popcorn and ice cream by day, the terrace by night regularly offers live musical performances and outdoor movie screenings. Many students use the terrace as a space to relax in, have fun and spend time with friends; while others conduct business meetings or study there as well. With beautiful sights, great scents, and a fun atmosphere, the Memorial Union terrace stands as a true summer favorite among many.
What is your favorite summer food, activity, or place to visit? How’s summer so far? Feel free to add your thoughts, comments and ideas below. I’d love to hear from you!
Hans is currently a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison double majoring in International Business and Spanish. Throughout the summer, Hans plans to write about his experience living, working and taking classes in Madison.