UAO to take students to Chicago for day Dec. 7

Dylanne Petros and Dylanne Petros

When students from the University go to Chicago on Dec. 7 for a day trip, Ariel Chachoff won’t be looking at the skyline.

Instead, she will be looking at students’ faces.

Chachoff, a senior and University Activities Organization co-director of the series program, planned the trip for the first time with UAO.

“[I’m] excited to see [students’] expressions when we get into Chicago,” Chachoff said.

UAO has hosted trips for students as part of its series program. Each year, the series program takes students on two to four trips, said Mike Freyaldenhoven, adviser for UAO.

UAO picked to go to Chicago for the second year in a row.

“We went last year but it was such a huge hit that we decided to do it again this year,” said Ally Tharrett, a junior and co-director of the trip.

Trips are planned to give students a chance to explore more than just Bowling Green.

“[We] try to give a way out of Bowling Green to the foreign exchange students and other students who don’t have the chance to go to places like Chicago,” Tharrett said.

UAO tries to plan as many trips as possible since Bowling Green is so close to major cities like Chicago and Cleveland.

“Living in this part of Ohio affords us the ability to reach a multitude of destinations, all within three to five hours,” Freyaldenhoven said.

Chicago is the second trip this semester UAO has hosted. In August, UAO took students to Cedar Point for the day, Freyaldenhoven said.

Some of the other trips that UAO has hosted are trips to a Columbus Crew soccer game, the Valentine Theatre in Toledo and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

The trip to Chicago is $30. UAO tries to keep all trips to $20 to $30, but the price of the trip depends on the costs of the buses, Freyaldenhoven said.

The buses that UAO books for the trips hold around 55 students per bus and each year there are around 100 students who attend the trip, he said.

The buses plan on leaving around 7:30 a.m. for Chicago, Tharrett said.

“We will get into Chicago around 11 and we will be there until around 10:30 p.m.,” she said.

Students who go on the trip will receive a list of things to do in Chicago, like visiting the museums, Chachoff said.

There are still spots left on the buses for the trip. Students have until today at 5 p.m. to sign up for the trip and they can do so at the information desk in the Union.

“I’m looking forward to walking around with my friends and seeing Chicago set up for Christmas,” Chachoff said.