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Eats, Drinks, & Fun: Edison’s Entertainment Complex

Laid back fun is the name of the game at Edwardsville’s Edison Entertainment Complex, where you can choose from three different activities that pack your night out full of action. Tagged as the spot “where grownups play”, Edison’s delivers with your choice of two different laser tag themes, individual or league bowling, and a variety of interactive arcade games.

The fun starts when you suit up for a mission to invade planet Earth: Gaia’s Quest is a laser game in which you’re a robot with a code name, a mission, and a whole lot of sound effects, hazers, and 3D imaging. Or maybe you’d rather try your skills in The Vault, a laser beam maze reminiscent of the best spy thrillers? If chilling with friends at the bowling alley is more your thing, enjoy a game with in-lane wait service, big screen TVs, and even couch potato seating to help you unwind. Then head on over to the arcade, which features Big Bass Wheel, Skee Ball, Air Hockey, driving simulators, and a variety of different sports games, all for between .50 and $3 per game.

You can save 10% on food and sodas, $1 on a game of bowling or laser tag, and $2 off unlimited laser tag with your SIUE ID. Edison’s also has spring combo and late night specials available. The complex is located at 2477 South State Route 157. Check it out today to enjoy some of the most fun-filled student activities in Edwardsville, and contact us if you’d like more information on AXIS Edwardsville savings!

 


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Welcome To The Jungle: SIUE Springfest 2016

This week marks the start of SIUE’S annual Springfest, which runs through April 23rd and features a Student Organization Fair, a Lip Sync Competition, a 5K Run, an SNL comedian, Woody Hall’s “Woodstock” Festival, and even an eccentric pairing: a FREE banana split – in a canoe of course!

The fun-filled event, put on by the Campus Activities Board, is highlighted by two days of the Student Organization Fair which takes place on Stratton Quadrangle from 11am-2pm on April 20th and 21st.  Campus organizations will be selling baked goods, handing out literature, and even sponsoring free giveaways for students interested in learning more about their activities. The canoe-banana splits are available starting at 12pm on the 20th, and on the 21st a Lip Sync Battle between student groups kicks off at noon. They’ll also be games, prizes, and music by artist Rebecca Moreland on both days of the fair.

Springfest’s 2nd annual 5K “Glow” Run takes place at 8pm on the 20th. This fun-run starts at The RecPlex and winds through a glow-in-the-dark course complete with courtesy glow-in-the-dark wristbands and glasses. A limited number of t-shirts are available for SIUE students, and you can register here up until race time to be part of this “enlightening” race.

The festival culminates in two memorable affairs: First, on the 21st, SNL comedian Jay Pharoah performs his unforgettable brand of impressionist comedy at the Meridian Ballroom at 7:30pm. Tickets are available for only $10 at the Morris University Center. Then on Saturday the 23rd, get ready for an end-of-year celebration with free music, food, and games from 1-4pm at the Woodland Bowl. For more information about all these events, you can contact James McLendon at jmclend@siue.edu or Andrea Keller at andkell@siue.edu, or call 618-650-2686. And don’t forget to contact us as well if you’d like to be closer to all the great events & activities at Southern Illinois University!


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Cahokia Mounds: Road Trip to the Past

Just 20 minutes from Edwardsville sits one of the world’s most renowned archaeological sites. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the U.S and hosts as many as 350,000 visitors annually. Located just 15 miles south of Edwardsville, it sits on approximately 2,200 acres of land and showcases treasures from a city that, in its heyday of 1250 A.D.,was larger than London.

During Cahokia’s peak, there is evidence that up to 20,000 people lived there. The Native Americans who built the metropolis were at the seat of power and part of the Mississippian community of people. The city’s well-planned layout included a central ceremonial area with miles of protective walls surrounding it, platforms for games, plazas for gatherings, and vast fields of crops, most notably maize.

In today’s Cahokia, there are many intriguing structures that still remain. The ceremonial Sun Calendar called Woodhenge was used to track the movement of the stars. Mound 72 is named after the 72  unique architectural styles of notching found inside. One of the most impressive visual highlights of the site is Monks Mound, which at 100 feet high is the largest mound in North America. The site also includes over 100 other mounds and a world-class Interpretive Center where visitors can immerse themselves in the culture that created this grand and enduring city.

If you plan to visit, you can download an i-pod tour for only $1.99. There are also taped self-guided tours available at the Visitor Center, and docent-led guided tours run from June through August. Cahokia Mounds Historic Site is located at 30 Ramey Street in Collinsville. To get there, just hop on I-55 South to I-255S and take the Collinsville Road exit.

If you’d like to find out more about this or other student activities in and around Edwardsville, or would like to be closer to all the action, contact us today!


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Celebrate Earth Day on the Madison County Transit Goshen Trail

Earth Day, April 23, will be here before you know it. Although it falls near the end, April is Earth Month; set aside time to think about nature and our place in it.

If you’re looking for a special activity to do on Earth Day close to luxury student living, look no further than the Madison County Transit Goshen Trail. How is it related to Earth Day? Well, it is part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a national nonprofit group that reclaims old railroad beds and converts them into hiking (and biking and walking) trails throughout the U.S..

It’s a prime example of what Earth Day is all about: reclaiming environmentally degraded material (abandoned railroad beds are often rusty and dangerous) and making them into environmentally safe green material.

It’s of historical interest as well. The Madison County Transit Goshen Trail was laid on the Old Goshen Road, which was built in 1808, primarily so that salt could be transported to the early settlers of Illinois. (Salt was vital in preserving and curing meat and winter vegetables.)

How to get there? From Interstate 55, take Exit 18 to Illinois Route 162 West. Go 1 mile to Old Troy Road and make a right turn. Parking is 500 feet ahead, on the right.

The Madison County Transit Trail is 8 ½ miles long. Like many Rails-to-Trails, it is asphalt. While it can be hiked – and you are likely to see hikers – the asphalt paving makes it ideal for biking and in-line skating. (The area is approved for all these activities.)

Coolest of all, Rails-to-Trails has a free app that shows all of its trails nationwide. Enjoy!

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