Winter quarter brings another 10 weeks of opportunities to enjoy the efforts of the AS.

For students who want to get involved on campus, the Campus Activities Showcase aims to inform students of possible opportunities at Western. Casey Hayden, Student Activities Advisor, said that the event will feature more than 100 groups from around campus including Orientation Student Advisors, the Wade King Student Recreation Center, AS Bookstore, the Tutorial Center and all AS clubs. The showcase will be from noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 23, throughout the Viking Union, Hayden said. Interested clubs should contact Hayden at

One person's chair is another person's masterpiece. The VU Gallery is holding the “From Vintage to Modern” exhibit, a collection of chairs, early this quarter. According to Abby Wilson, VU gallery assistant coordinator, the show features chairs by famous designers from the Western Gallery collection. Designers include Charles and Ray Eames, Maya Lin and Michael Strong. Admission is free and the gallery (located in Viking Union 507) is open weekly from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 16th Annual Charity Drag show will take place Feb. 23. The show, which raises money for the Sean Humphrey House and Evergreen AIDS Foundation, is an co-sponsored by the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Alliance (LGBTA) and the Sexual Awareness Center (SAC). According to Melissa Derry, LGBTA coordinator, all students are welcome to come and audition for the show from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 15 and 16 in VU 460. Tickets can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) ticket office, and the show will be held at the PAC Concert Hall.

The Ethnic Student Center (ESC) also has several events this quarter including a Black History Month Dinner, an ESC Scholarship Bowl-a-thon and the El Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlá┬ín (M.E.Ch.A) Regional Conference. Students can come by the ESC in VU 420 for more information.

Green-minded students may want to look into the events being offered by the Environmental Center. According to Casey Clark, co-coordinator of the Environmental Center, Western will take part in “Focus on the Nation,” an event that takes place at thousands of schools to engage students in discussion about global warming solutions for America. Here on campus, students will get the chance to attend a panel discussion with Western professors about the global climate and the environment. The discussion will be at both noon and 6 p.m. on Jan. 28, 29 and 30. The center is also co-sponsoring “Priorities for a Healthy Washington Lobby Day” that offers students a chance to go to Olympia and lobby for climate change solutions. The event will be Jan. 23 and costs only $15.

Music fans might want to look into the Blue Scholars, who are coming to campus on Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. in the VU Multipurpose Room. Presented by ASP Pop Music, the concert is $14 with Western ID ($18 without) and also featuring Common Market and Dyme Def. More information is available at

Are you itching to go experience the great outdoors? The Outdoor Center (OC), located in VU 150, is the place for you this quarter. In addition to their regular, smaller trips, and being a bike shop, outdoor resource area and rental shop, the OC is putting on a few specialty excursions. The first one is ice climbing in Canada. According to Calvin Laatsch, excursion co-coordinator, this is a great chance for students to un-shroud the mystery of ice climbing in one of the premier ice climbing destinations with exceptional guide experience. No experience is necessary to take part of this great opportunity, Laatsch said. The other excursion planned is a three-day British Columbia Hut Tour trip that gives students with previous snowboarding or skiing experience the opportunity to explore alpine settings and stay in a rustic lodge. Both trips cost $140 which includes guides, transportation and accommodations.