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December 1, 2015

Loving Winter in Pittsburgh

As the days get shorter and your tab at the local coffee shop gets longer, you and many other college students are gearing up for the long winter ahead. It’s time to pack up those shorts and flip flops and pull out your winter gear. And here are the top seven ways to enjoy the snowy weather that’s on its way.

7. Go Sledding - Geneva students sometimes find themselves suffering from cabin fever once the cold winter months come. A way to battle the wintertime blues and embrace the cold would be to get out and go sledding! Brush Creek Park is located just a few miles from Geneva is the perfect place to sled. Whether you’re from California and are just discovering what snow is or if you’re a native Pittsburgher, Brush Creek Park has every sized hill from beginner to expert. So grab your laundry basket or trashcan lid and hit the slopes! Brush Creek park is at Route 588, North Sewickley Township, Beaver Falls, PA 15010. Park hours are from dawn to dusk.

6. Intramurals - If you’re more inclined to stay indoors during the winter, Geneva has some perfect opportunities for you to get your energy out down in Metheny Field House. If you haven’t already signed up for an Intramural team, you should. The Center for Student Engagement (CSE) offers signups for indoor soccer, volleyball, racquetball (men’s and women’s league), Ping Pong (men’s and women’s league) and Basketball (men’s and women’s league) which are all facilitated indoors! Sign-ups for intramurals are seasonal and will be advertised around campus.

5. Rent a Movie. Or Seven - If you’re like me and want to hibernate on the weekends during the winter months, the McCartney Library has you covered for endless entertainment. Not many Geneva students take advantage of this, but the McCartney Media Center has hundreds of movie titles that are available for all Geneva Students. McCartney Library can save you the trip to the Sheetz Redbox as well as the $1.25+ it cost to rent a movie. The media center located on the basement level of McCartney Library is a must-go for free and fabulous flicks. To find your favorite movies in the media center, visit  www.geneva.edu/library or ask a librarian!

4. Movies in Monaca - If you’re itching to get out of your room to see a new movie on the silver screen, we’ve got you covered. Literally! The Cinemark Cinema in Monaca offers $3 movies for college students on special advertised evenings.  What’s better than to see just-released movies for $3? That’s right! Nothing. Check out what’s playing, pack a car with friends, and head to Monaca for an evening of fun! You can view show times here: www.cinemark.com/theatre-detail.aspx?node_id=1584&.  

3. Ice Skating – For those of you who are blessed with adequate balancing and coordination skills, then the Massmutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place is the place for you to get your glide on! What’s better than bundling up, sipping hot cocoa and whipping around on the ice on a sunny winter weekend? And it gets better. You don’t even have to own your own skates. Admission for students is $8 and skates are $4. If you’d like to lock up your valuables while you skate, lockers are available for a redeemable 50 cents. For more information on rentals, house and special events check out the PPG Place Rink’s website at www.ppgplace.com

2. Duquesne Incline – The Duquesne Incline is not for the faint of heart if you’re wary of heights, but there’s nothing quite like watching a slow and silent snowfall as you descend down from Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington onto station square to treat yourself to Pittsburgh’s best hot chocolate. Open 365 days of the year, the Duquesne Incline is a must-see for any college student wanting to get in touch with their adventurous side. Be sure to bring cash because the Duquesne Incline will not accept credit cards. For information on hours and fares, visit www.duquesneincline.org

1. Plants and Flowers Blooming Year-Round - Lastly, if you’re looking for a place to go where it’s warm rejuvenating without hitting a tanning bed, be sure to visit the Phipps Conservatory in downtown Pittsburgh! The Phipps is an indoor sanctuary of tropical and rare plants thrive year-round. There are seasonal exhibits which showcase particular species of plants, flowers and trees. Walking into the Phipps is like stepping foot into another world where the air is sweet and the atmosphere is incandescently beautiful. Be transformed by the power of God’s creativity of His creation and visit the Phipps Conservatory. Admission offers a student discount and more details can be found here: www.phipps.conservatory.org.


–Celia Harris ’16

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