Published: April 7, 2015

Ten things to do this week. This is a weekly column highlighting events on campus and in Boulder by Samuel Fuller, history major and resident event virtuoso.

Monday‘s Game of Thrones premier was one to remember, with lines stretching around the UMC fountain area. A quick word of warning to those who went - no spoilers! Some of us were too busy dealing with our chocolate hangovers from Easter Sunday. This week, the campus’ attention turns to more pertinent and historical issues than those occurring in Westeros.

Topics such as healthcare, immigration and many others are the focus of this year’s 67th edition of the Conference on World Affairs. While exploring and debating global issues, the 25th annual CU International Festival gives you an alternative opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our own campus, by showcasing cultural performances, foods and people from over 40 different nationalities.

Wednesday, April 8

8-Ball Billiards Tournaments. Fancy yourself as the next Ronny White? Test your skills at The Connection’s monthly 8-Ball tournament. Sign up begins at 6 p.m. and the tournament begins at 7 p.m. Entry fees are $5 per person. The tournament will take place in The Connection at the UMC, More information on the tournament here.

Conference on World Affairs. The 67th edition of this series is as exciting and busy as ever; panel discussions and distinguished speakers will debate current issues from Monday, April 6, until Friday, April 10. Events will take place in Macky Auditorium and the UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom. Click here for a full schedule. Some personal favorites include “Video Games as an Olympic Sport," taking place on Wednesday, this should make for an interesting debate. As well as “Jon Stewart and the End of a Colb-era” taking place on Friday.

Thursday, April 9

April 2015 Blood Drive. The April Bonfils Blood Drive will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Recreation Center. This is a fantastic opportunity for those able to give back and donate; blood donation being a key characteristic of modern healthcare, your donation has the potential to save someone’s life. Appointments can be made but walk-ins are also welcome. More information is available on the Events Calendar.

The Story of Massive Stars. This week’s highlighted event at the Fiske Planetarium will take a look at the life of stars from birth to black holes, a vital and fascinating evolution that is the foundation of life on Earth and throughout the universe. This show will take place on both April 9 and 10; however, the Thursday showing is free for students with a valid Buff OneCard. Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for the general public on Friday. Tickets are available for purchase on the Planetarium Website.

Friday, April 10

Crafternoon.  The Women’s Resource Center is one of our campus’ greatest assets. They provide a safe and caring environment to join your fellow students in discussions, lectures, socializing and other fun activities. Join them this Friday for an afternoon of T-shirt and tank transformations. Crafternoon will take place from 2-3 p.m. in UMC 416, More information on the Events Calendar.

Mario Kart Video Game Tournament. We all know someone who claims to be the ultimate Mario Kart player. Put their ego to the test this Friday at The Connection’s bi-weekly video game tournament. Enjoy this classic amongst your peers. There is a $5 entry fee and play begins at 7 p.m. More information is available on the Events Calendar.

Jesus Christ Superstar. Yes, I’m sure he was. The Theatre and Dance Department wants to show you how this Friday in their version of the famed musical. This show will take place at the University Theatre and tickets start at $19. Commentators have praised this musical as one of the greatest of our age; CU’s rendition will be likewise as spectacular, Click here for tickets.

Saturday, April 11

CU International Festival 2015. Taking place in the UMC Ballroom, this year’s International Festival is set to be the best yet. By showcasing each country’s culture with booths, performances, food samples and interactive cultural activities, the International Festival gives you an opportunity to share your culture, traditions and heritage with the greater Boulder community. This one is not to be missed, and is free and open to everyone. Visit the Events Calendar and the Festival’s Website for more information.

Sunday, April 12

Spring Swing. Join the CU Concert Jazz Ensemble and two-time Grammy Award winning saxophonist Ernie Watts for a swinging return to the Big Band era. The program will feature music from the ensemble’s new recording, a tribute to the greatest bands and composers of the era, including Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and more. This will take place at Macky Auditorium and begins at 2 p.m., tickets start at $10. Click here for tickets.

Monday, April 13

I Love Mondays. Join the UMC next Monday for an afternoon of fun; this week’s agenda includes state craft. This is an opportunity to get rid of those Monday blues by socializing and relaxing with your fellow students. I’m not one-hundred percent sure what state craft is, but regardless, it sounds fun! This event is free and a great way to start off your week. It runs from 2-3 p.m. in the North Dining Room on the first floor of the UMC. Click here for more information.

As always, if you have any ideas or events that you would like to be included in future articles, feel free to email us at: and don’t forget to check out all the great things to do at the CU-Boulder Events Calendar.