By: April George '23
While Alliance may not seem like the most exciting city at first glance, it has its hidden gems that have become famous among students at the University of Mount Union. As a senior, I have had time to compile a list of the things that have helped make my time on campus something special and things that I highly recommend everyone do at least once before they graduate.
- Hammock Park
You can check-out a hammock from the library located in Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center, so there is no need to purchase one to enjoy this part of campus. The view of the lakes is peaceful, and you’ll be the envy of every student walking by to get to class.
- Raider Programming Board events
Throughout the semester the Raider Programming Board (RPB) hosts different events for students. These events usually consist of free food and an activity. They are always varying throughout the academic year, so keep an eye out for one in the UMU Today newsletter that would be interesting to you.
- Late Night Snack
The best way to end a long night of studying is with a snack. Monday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Kresge Dining Commons serves up a late night snack for students. You can eat anything from chicken nuggets to a soup and salad.
Undeniably one of the most popular spots off campus is Jalisco, best known for Taco Tuesday where tacos are less than $2 each. If you are planning on going for Taco Tuesday, make sure that you get there early as tables tend to fill up fast around dinner time.
- Sledding at Silver Park
In the winter, sledding in Silver Park is something you have to do at least once. You will go home wet and cold, but it’s a memory that you won’t forget.
When it’s warm outside, take a chance to walk around the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center. There are trails of varying length and difficulties, so choose the one that suits you the best.
Hot Pots offers a few different crafts to choose from including pottery painting (my personal favorite), glass fusion, mosaics, candle making, and 3D laser cut wood décor. Sometimes they run special events with different crafts. Keep an eye out and you’re sure to find something you’ll like.
There are so many more hidden gems in and around Alliance, but half of the fun is finding them yourself. Hopefully, you found a few new ways to enjoy the City of Alliance.