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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Column: Davis is our playground

Aside from freezing your butts off, I hope all of you had a pleasant entry to the next 10 weeks of your college career. And for all you seniors, let the countdown begin!

For the past three years and one quarter, I have been proud to be an Aggie. I have had some pretty great times in those 30 months or so. But one thing I’ve wanted to do before graduation just hasn’t happened yet. And what is it, you ask? Doing it on campus, specifically at the all-mighty Death Star. (That’s the Social Sciences and Humanities Building, in case you’re a freshman.)

Some brave souls, however, have had the chance to mark their territory on some campus and Davis landmarks.

Let’s start with the library. It’s a place where people do research and read books. Imagine that. But it’s also a place where two people can get their mack on in an elevator. This elevator is placed in a conspicuous location – toward the back of the building – so stopping it is no problem. I’ve been in this elevator, but didn’t have the opportunity to learn its true potential.

Then there is the Death Star itself. According to Davis Wiki, the building was created to be a metaphor for California’s geography. To me, it’s an architectural maze that looks so appealing to the sexually-active.

One friend of mine fulfilled my desire one rainy Halloween night and conquered the maze of classrooms and offices. She and her boyfriend were bored at the frat party they were attending. The lovebirds decided to spice up their night and find a place on campus to appease their sex drives.

After wandering for a while, they almost gave up until they came to the Death Star. Because the place is so confusing, they figured no one would be able to find them – or see them. Unfortunately, they both got sick from being out in the rain for hours.

Are you more of a nature-loving person? Maybe the Arboretum is the place for you. With the beautiful trees and waterway, it’s a great setting for a romantic evening. The gazebo, located at the west end, is known for its peacefulness. If you and your honey want to do some stargazing or some body grazing, you may want to include a trip to the arboretum in your weekend plans.

For those of you who think doing it on campus is elementary, maybe a trip to The Dominoes, located on the Senda Nueva Greenbelt in North Davis, would be more up your alley. What sounds better than doing it on larger-than-life dominoes that can be seen from some backyards? Nothing.

I had no idea these existed until one UC Davis alumnus shared his story. He told me when you have a girlfriend or boyfriend in Davis, it can be difficult to keep the relationship exciting. So one evening, they decided to find these dominoes and have some fun. Their night was a success – and the dominoes are still standing!

If you’re feeling really adventurous, like my roommate was, you could just find a random pole at a random park for a quickie. She and her boyfriend seem to live for the thrill. They found themselves running away from some folks on a night stroll. I suppose if you’re as daring as these two, know you may be spotted – with or without your pants on.

College is an exciting part of life. If you’re here for the adventure, then take advantage of all it has to offer. Even if it means climbing a water tower with a new crush or magically appearing in the aquatic center for a dip in the hot tub.

ERICA BETNUN loves three-day weekends! How will you be celebrating? Let her know at elbetnun@ucdavis.edu.


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