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Posted on October 14, 2011

Extended hours at the Natali Student Center will give Cal U students more options for late-night activities on campus.

Beginning Oct. 17, the student center will remain open until 2 a.m. every day of the week.

Students can relax with friends in lounge areas or the Commuter Center, enjoy a game of billiards in the Corner Pocket recreation room, play videogames or take part in other activities suggested by students and organized by the Student Activities Board.

The Flatz convenience store, which features freshly made quesadillas — a student favorite — will remain open until 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, the Piazza Pizza shop will stay open until midnight.

Late-night services and activities were added at the request of Cal U students, said Dr. Nancy Pinardi, acting vice president for Student Affairs.

“Listening and reacting to our students’ needs is a Student Affairs priority,” she said. “Each semester, focus groups are conducted to determine how best to meet the needs of our students. Student focus groups this semester indicated a desire to extend late-night hours in our Natali Student Center.”

To provide more on-campus activities for students, a free 11 p.m. show has been added to the nightly movie lineup at the Vulcan Theater, inside the student center. The 140-seat theater also hosts a free movie at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. daily. Additional feature films will be added as the box office schedule permits.

The Underground Café will continue from 9 p.m. to midnight every Thursday in the Commuter Center. The coffeehouse-style event showcases music performed by students and local musicians.

In addition, the Student Activities Board has added a 10 p.m. comedy show to the next two installments of its Funny Freaking Friday series. On Nov. 4 and Dec. 2, comedians will perform at both 7 and 10 p.m. in the student center.

Students also have requested more special Residence Life programs, such as videogame tournaments, team games, “dorm wars” and pizza-night socials, said Larry Sebek, dean for student services.

“I think it’s great that the university staff members are listening to the students by adding even more on campus opportunities, especially late at night,” said junior Michaela Prater, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. “I can’t wait for my first late-night quesadilla.”

Find out what’s happening

A full schedule of campus activities is available online. Check the Events calendar at the bottom of the Cal U homepage,, or look here.

Visitors with Facebook accounts can log in through the calendar to see which of their Facebook “friends” plan to attend a particular event.

The Events calendar also is available through the free Cal Fusion app, available in the iTunes Store and the Android Marketplace.

About the Student Activities Board

The Student Activities Board (SAB), in partnership with the Student Association Inc. (SAI), is composed entirely of full-time undergraduate and graduate students. The SAB meets weekly to view and discuss entertainment and cultural programs for the entire University community. The programs offered for students are determined by students.

For more information about SAB, the types of entertainment offered and how to become a member, call 724-938-4303, e-mail, or visit the SAB office on the third level of the Natali Student Center.