It's Not Over 'Til The Registrar Sings: Syllabus Week

Summer doesn’t have to end once you pack your bags and head toward the pretty little spot in SoCal we call home for most of the year. The first few weeks of school -- lovingly known as "Syllabus Week"-- are like sleep-away camp for young adults, where slip ‘n slides and Bud Light are available on the reg. Here’s the heads up on a few syllabus week activities to check off your "To Do" list before the assignments start pouring in. The Colleges aren't the only place in Southern California that caters to your need for free entertainment. Bribe a friend to drive you to Studio City to check out a taping of a female-oriented talk show like The Talk, that will later edit out your heckling (“YOU WILL NEVER BE THE VIEW!”). If that's not intriguing enough, countless sitcoms, reality shows, and game shows are currently filming in Studio City. Parking and tickets are free, but try to avoid the horrendous LA traffic.

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Want to get back in touch with nature? Claremont is conveniently located about an hour away from some of the nation's best beaches.  Borrow a board and a wet suit from On the Loose and hit the waves. Huntington Beach is known as “Surf City USA,” while San Onofre and Point Dume are popular surf spots that even allow reserved beach camping if you’re up for roughing it. For some of the best beach and other outdoorsy spots, read this.

If crowd-surfing sounds more your speed, take advantage of the many musical acts gracing LA's stages. Check out FYF Fest 2011 on September 3rd, showcasing acts such as Cold War Kids, Broken Social Scene, and Explosions in the Sky. Bassnectar will be throwing down the hottest electro-dubstep beats on September 9th at the Hollywood Palladium, while The National, Neko Case, and Sharon Van Etten perform at the Hollywood Bowl 2 days later.

It’s Sunday morning, and you have absolutely no homework. You had other plans? No, being hungover isn’t a plan. Here's an assignment: check out the Claremont Farmer’s Market. Grab a sinfully delicious, $2 egg slider from Some Crust Bakery, then peruse the farmer’s market, open from 8 am to noon on 2nd Street between Yale and Indian Hill.

What does your typical Sunday night look like? Curling up with your laptop and watching Veronica Mars on Netflix Instant Watch in your underwear? Put some clothes on! Catch the newest releases at Laemmle's Claremont 5--after 6 pm, Laemmle's offers an unbeatable $7 student special (bring your student ID), PLUS a $1 small popcorn.


If you can’t bear to leave our beloved Colleges, or are just hard-pressed to find a car, there are plenty of activities on campus to entertain you during Syllabus Week. Brush up on your long boarding skills, cheer on your fellow Stagthenas, or personally introduce yourself to each and every one of your professors. It’s your free time, so use it wisely!