Wayne State University
Check out the latest progress in creating more amenities for bike parking at Wayne State! New racks at the Student Center provide semi-sheltered space for six bicycles.
APRIL 7-MID JULY: DIA’S INSIDE OUT PROGRAM
14 pieces of art will grace WSU’s campus and several other Midtown locations on Tuesday April 7 between 1-5PM. Our off-campus locations include Woodbridge Pub, 71 Garfield (Socra Tea) and Cass & Canfield. Associated programming will be announced in late April.
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Thanks for this idea! What do you think would help create more of a "stay-the-weekend" culture? How do you think that should happen?
WSU could help foster a "stay-the-weekend" culture by encouraging existing student and community organizations, groups and clubs to create, promote and market more weekend events. Some events can be student-centered while some could be open to the general public. The groups that can foster a more engaged student body through their efforts should then receive special recognition and support for their endeavors-- a competition of sorts. Organizing new events that piggy back on existing school or neighborhood events is a start. Football game? How about an organized event before or after? New art exhibit at an area museum? How about a student group discussion or meal afterwards. Some events could be purely for fun and entertainment and others could focus on community involvement and volunteering while other events could be more scholarly endeavors. Various groups could be recognized for their different contributions, whether it is in support of school spirit, community service or fostering cultural awareness.
WSU could also do their own version of a "slow roll" on bikes around campus and the surrounding area on the weekends. Make it a party with food trucks on Gullen Mall for the end of the bike ride and encourage the riders to wear WSU apparel. Groups could perform and advertise other upcoming events there too.
How about seasonal festivals or carnivals in the center of campus or near athletic fields. Again, get existing groups and organizations to do their part. A winter festival would be cool - a smaller version of Noel Night for students and staff. Speaking of Noel Night, get Midtown Inc. involved in keeping WSU students on campus and in the surrounding neighborhoods by targeting their promotion of some of the neighborhood events directly to students. How many students left town before the Dally in the Alley, D-electricity or Noel Night? WSU student events should be planned around these other big events so the students have things to do if they stay around for the weekend.
A 24-hour cafe or coffee house near the libraries would help too!