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September 12, 2013

CSU freshmen looking for weekend fun

By Josh Hoover

Although Cleveland State University drew in another record-setting freshmen class, the new students do have one big complaint about living on campus.

“I mostly like living on campus,” Logan Eskew, a computer and information science major said.  “But, on the weekends it's pretty much dead.”

Carly Franklin, a psychology major from Bexley who also lives in the Fenn Tower dorms, share a similar sentiment to Eskew.

“The dorms are nice,” Franklin said.  “I just wish that there was more of a nightlife on campus.”

Brandon Martin, one of Eskew’s friends, seems to especially like Cleveland State, calling it his first choice among colleges.  Martin is planning to study computer and information science, and is a commuter, as he lives nearby on the west side of Cleveland.

All three of the students knew that there are opportunities to engage in activities around campus, but none of them were very familiar with what kind of things they could do.

These are just three of the 1,800 new freshmen that began their college careers at Cleveland State this fall, an increase of 15% over last year's 1,550. 


Fun for Free

A common theme among the CSU freshmen was a desire for more to do on the weekends.  Fortunately, there are many free things to do on around Cleveland.

-The Cleveland Museum of Art, located in University Circle, is just a short bus ride down Euclid, and is always free to the public, though there may be a fee for special exhibitions.

-The Cleveland Metroparks, located at multiple locations around town, are always free, and include a wide variety of activities, including hiking, sledding, fishing, and geocaching, among others.

-The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is free every Monday for residents of Cuyahoga county.  To take advantage of this offer, you need either a bill addressed to a location in Cuyahoga county, or a valid drivers license or state I.D.

-The Arcade, the first large-scale shopping mall in the United States, is free to get into and is located at 401 Euclid Avenue, just past East 6th Street.

Keep an eye on the Campus Horn, the newsletter delivered to your Cleveland State e-mail address.  Many times, the University will offer discounted or even free tickets to events around town, and they are often mentioned through that.