Published: Dec. 4, 2017 By

Hello, everyone! We’re really getting close to finishing the semester now; and with finals approaching, be sure you take some time to de-stress and have fun at some of our events this week before the study grind completely sets in.

This week brings a discussion of the Middle Eastern experience in America, a talk with the first transgender male Olympic athlete Chris Mosier, a DIY stress balls event, Get to Know Your Green Buddies, Winter Housing Fair, therapy dogs at the libraries, Winter Grad Bash, gingerbread-house decorating at the semester's last International Coffee Hour, the annual Holiday Festival and free community ice skating at Central Park.

Tuesday, Dec. 5

Being Middle Eastern in America

From 4:30 to 6 p.m., the Dennis Small Cultural Center will host a discussion on the experience and effects of being Middle Eastern in today’s American society. This event will take place in UMC 204 and is free and open to all.

CWA Speaker Series Presents Chris Mosier

The Conference on World Affairs welcomes the first transgender male Olympic athlete Chris Mosier to speak about positive change in the Olympics. Triathlete Mosier will speak from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Wittemyer Courtroom of Wolf Law. This event is free, and all are invited, but you should RSVP online in advance.

Wednesday, Dec. 6

DIY Stress Balls

With finals looming, take some time off to make your very own stress ball. Hosted by the Dennis Small Cultural Center from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in UMC 204, this free DIY workshop will also feature a discussion about stress-management techniques and self-awareness.

Get to Know Your Green Buddies           

Come get to know the like-minded individuals around campus who also want to see a more environmentally friendly and sustainable CU Boulder (and world)! From 6 to 8 p.m., come enjoy a free dinner in the British Studies Room (Norlin M549) and some conversation centering around the environment and a greener campus.

Housing Fair

Looking for a new place to live next semester? Then swing by the Winter Housing Fair to familiarize yourself with Ralphie’s List, check out some properties for rent and get some free hot chocolate and legal advice. The fair will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Williams Village Center Multipurpose Room and is free to attend.

Thursday, Dec. 7

Bark Buddies at Norlin Library

Many a day I have thought, I’d really enjoy school so much more if there were dogs to play with in the middle of the day. Well, wish granted! From 1 to 3 p.m. in Norlin Library, there will be a bunch of super cute and friendly dogs to snuggle up to, as well as other fun activities to help you de-stress. There will also be other Bark Buddies events throughout the week, so check out the website to find out how to maximize your time playing with these fur babies.

Friday, Dec. 8

Winter Grad Bash

If, like me, you are looking forward to graduating this December, then celebrate with The Herd’s Winter Grad Bash at the Koenig Alumni Center. There will be free food and drinks (bring an ID) and tons of activities and free giveaways, so don’t miss out!

Gingerbread House Decorating at Coffee Hour

‘Tis the season to make cookies and shape them into miniature houses topped with candy decorations, so partake in this classic American holiday tradition with the CU International Student and Scholars Service at the semester's last International Coffee Hour. There will be free food and coffee, as well as new friends to meet. Join between 4 and 5:30 p.m. in C4C S355.

Holiday Festival

Get in the holiday spirit at 7:30 p.m. with CU Boulder’s annual Holiday Festival in Macky Auditorium, which features festive décor and some of the most incredibly talented musicians at this school performing holiday classics. Tickets for this fun concert start at $20.

Saturday, Dec. 9

Free Community Ice Skating

The ice rink in Central Park (Canyon Boulevard and 13th Street) is holding a free afternoon of skating from 2 to 4 p.m. for all community members, so come one and all to show off your fancy twirling moves or learn this fun activity for the first time. Hint: This is an excellent place to burn off a bit of steam and have some fun before finals.