Degrees for another class of students have been confirmed, many of the residence halls have been emptied, and the Indiana University Bloomington campus is a little quieter. As faculty and staff spend the next few months reflecting on the past academic year and gearing up for the next one, here are five ways to take advantage of a less-populated workplace.
Post up on a patio
When the weather is nice during the school year, available spots on the many beautiful patios across campus can be hard to come by. Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of those extra seats outside. Take your laptop to the multi-level Centennial Patio on the north side of the Indiana Memorial Union. Schedule a meeting on the terrace of the newly renovated Goodbody Hall. Steal a few minutes of solitude at the outdoor seating behind the Student Building or on the north side of the Global and International Studies Building. Soak up some sun and get your Vitamin D fix, all while being productive.
Leave for lunch
Bloomington is one of the best food cities in the state, but with traffic, limited parking and crowds, it can be difficult to squeeze in a visit to your favorite spot during a one-hour lunch break. Use summertime as an opportunity to enjoy some Bloomington classics. Gather your colleagues and head to Mother Bear’s for a pizza or Nick’s Old English Hut for a burger -- or try something new at one of the many international restaurants on Fourth Street.
Use the IMU
Did you know that the Indiana Memorial Union is one of the largest student unions in the world? Utilize the building's more than 500,000 square feet this summer when it’s a little emptier. Curl up with your laptop in a leather armchair near the fireplace in the South Lounge. Take a break from work and play some billiards or go bowling with your buddies. Faculty and staff rates are $7 per table per hour for billiards; bowling is $3 per game Sunday through Thursday and $3.50 per game Friday and Saturday. Children age 15 and younger can bowl two games per day for free from May 29 to Aug. 6 thanks to the Kids Bowl Free program.
We all know the IU Bloomington campus offers students beautiful scenery and exciting attractions, but how often do you get to enjoy them? When was the last time you shook the hand of the Herman B Wells statue for luck? Do you need an updated photo with the Hoagy Carmichael or Ernie Pyle statue? Have you held one of the Oscars or seen the lock of Edgar Allan Poe’s hair that are part of the Lilly Library’s collection? Take advantage of the slower summer pace to rediscover what campus has to offer.
Find a fountain
When you live and work in Bloomington, the turning on of the Showalter Fountain is an annual telltale sign that warm weather has finally come to stay. Access to the fountain can be difficult during graduation photo season, but summer is the perfect time to enjoy the calming effects of the flowing water. You can even speculate about the location of the missing fish, which is fabled to have gone missing after the Hoosiers won the 1987 men’s basketball NCAA championships. Seen enough of Showalter? Give the Frank E. McKinney Jr. Fountain outside the Jacobs School of Music Simon Music Center a shot.