Absence makes the heart grow fonder, doesn't it? Admit it: A few days ago you were actually looking forward to getting back to class and scanning crowds of co-eds as you shuffle across campus. A month of vacation or your semester abroad may have left you longing for the easy comfort of this familiar college setting.
But after only a week, the thrill of returning to school has probably waned -- a lot. Resettling to campus life can be like returning to your elementary school gym: the memory-inflated and once-soaring walls now feel a bit confining.
The good news? This 600-acre space is actually a veritable playground of things to do. With little more than your student ID and an adventurous attitude, the nooks and crannies between the Behavioral Science buildings off Broadway and the fields at Williams Village can serve up enough entertainment to easily impress a date.
Some of the best spots -- make-out-worthy cubbies in the library, rooftop views of Folsom Stadium, and shrub-shrouded escapes adjacent to the bike path -- you'll have to find for yourself. But here's a list of good-time events happening this weekend that will get you and your date started exploring some forgotten corners of CU -- and reconnect you with some hidden gems you may appreciate all semester long.
Will Arizona help the men's basketball team get back on track after a couple of recent losses in our first Pac-12 season? My guess is that it'll be a tight, exciting game -- the Wildcats won last year's Pac-10 title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight. But, one of the things that the Buffs say contributed to their recent away-game loss was a rocking home-game crowd in California. Take your lady to the game this Saturday, bond over your school spirit, and support the team. The Coors Event Center is packed with secret spots to steal kisses and showing your enthusiasm for the Buffs could contribute to a big win for the team -- and help you score, too. (Student discount with ID; Coors Event Center; 6:30 p.m., Sat.)
Start an evening adventure date by ducking into the BioLounge in the Museum of Natural History for a quick scan of the newest exhibit, "The Invisible Connectedness of Things," which just opened on Tuesday. Stark, dramatic images of lichen and lessons about its benefit to the environment are the basis of the science-heavy, but artistic, exhibit that'll spark conversation. Relax in the BioLounge's living-room-like space and catch up over a cup of coffee before heading elsewhere. (Free; Henderson Building; Open until 5 p.m. on Fri., 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun.)
Pounding music, flashing lights, and cuddling up under the concave dome of the Fiske Planetarium for a laser show isn't just super silly, it's fun and can be a sexy start to a late night of stellar, partner-based exploration if you're in the right state of mind. Two shows on Friday night, Lady Gaga at 9:30 p.m. and Pink Floyd: The Wall at 10:45 p.m. are both heady, colorful, and choreographed to match the music, so you just have to decide if you'd rather woo her to the electronica-inspired dance hit "Bad Romance" or the mellower classic "Wish You Were Here." ($7; Fiske Planetarium; 9:30 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. Fri.)
Kristy Holland writes about dating once a week for the Colorado Daily. Tell her about your date-night ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.