A day in D.C. with UAB

Kelsey Bundra
Associate Features Editor

This past Saturday, the Millersville University Activities Board (UAB) sponsored a day trip to Washington D.C. Students were free to tour the city from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. The attendees of the trip were dropped off at the National Mall. Many attractions and museums could be seen from this area such as the Capitol Building, Air and Space Museum and the Washington Monument, still under construction.

“I especially loved that it was free and we were dropped off right in the center of D.C. so we could easily walk everywhere,” said Nancy Lapkiewicz, UAB Superfest and Special Events chair. If students wandered further, they were greeted with many other monuments and museums. Other favorite attractions included the Jefferson Monument, the Natural History Museum, and the White House.

Many students enjoyed seeing the well-known Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

Many students enjoyed seeing the well-known Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

“We saw a bunch of memorials [such as] Lincoln, Jefferson, FDR, MLK Jr, Korean War, Vietnam War and WWII. We also got to see the White House and have lunch in China Town,” says Lapkiewicz.

Millersville student Brittney Brown was also in attendance. Because Brown already took trips to Washington D.C. before, she was looking to do more unique activities this time around. “I actually went ice skating with my friend Katie Marvel in the Sculpture Garden, rode the carousel in the National Mall, and of course, walked through the different museums,” says Brown. She also enjoyed the weather on the trip. It was a comfortable sixty degrees that day.

Most students were satisfied with spending the day in the U.S.’s capital. Among the group of travelers were many international students attracted to the idea of discovering what the city had to offer. Many hours of planning and preparation goes into each UAB trip so that students can enjoy events for free.

“UAB chooses their locations based on successful travel trips in the past, as well as any new ideas the UAB travel chair and committee members have. UAB also loves input from non-members,” says Lapkiewicz.

The monument dedicated to Thomas Jefferson was one of the stops on student’s list.

The monument dedicated to Thomas Jefferson was one of the stops on student’s list.

Any student can go on a UAB sponsored event but in order to get more involved with trip selection, they can become members.

“I would say the best way to get involved in UAB is to become a member. Being a general member or a chair [member] gives you the opportunity to plan the trips that you want to go on and be the first to know about any and all decisions,” explains Lapkiewicz.

The UAB can be found on Facebook under “University Activities Board at MU” and @UABMU on Twitter for all the latest news on upcoming events. If you are planning to become more involved, meetings occur on Wednesdays at 9:15 p.m. in Room 18 of the SMC. Look out for the upcoming day trip to New York City!

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