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The best kept secrets of Millersville

Molly Carl
Assoc. Arts & Culture Editor

We’ve all experienced the sheer panic of running to print a paper five minutes before class starts, only to burst into a completely packed computer lab, full of people now staring at you. “There has to be a better way!” you shout! Luckily for us, there is. This is just one in a treasure trove of secrets that Millersville and its surrounding area has to make life easier for everyone.

There are many secrets waiting to be uncovered about Millersville and its surroundings.
There are many secrets waiting to be uncovered about Millersville and its surroundings.

For starters, you could save yourself a lot of stress when it comes time to print with a handy application called VLab. VLab is a program that you download onto your personal computer which enables you to log on to the Millersville University server from a remote location using Wi-Fi access.

The process is simple; search “Millersville University VLab” on Google and click on the link that reads “vLab- Wikis @ Millersville.” Scroll down on the webpage and click on the link under the heading “Getting Started” that reads “How to Install the View Client.”

The page it brings you to has step-by-step instructions on how to download the program for operating systems. Not only does VLab allow you to print from your laptop, it also provides access to all of the programs that are found on the Millersville University server, including InDesign and all of Microsoft Office. The best part is that it’s all at no cost to you.

If you find yourself getting fed up with university dining, the religious organizations in the area might be the way to go. Along with providing the home for the campus ministries, the Newman House has a culinary feature as well.

Every Wednesday at 5 p.m. they serve a home cooked meal, and all are welcome to attend at no cost. Closer to the university, the A-Frame church hosts Campus Cupboard every Friday. Campus Cupboard is a food bank open once a week which offers a selection where students can ‘shop’ for enough food for two to four meals.

Did you know that Kendig Square Cinema offers movies for $2.50 before 6 p.m. and movies for $4.50 for all other times?
Did you know that Kendig Square Cinema offers movies for $2.50 before 6 p.m. and movies for $4.50 for all other times?

Sometimes campus life can be boring, and all the midnight breakfasts and Friday night movies can’t cut it. This is where the ticket window comes into play. If you’ve ever walked past the galley, you’ve also walked past another best kept secret of Millersville; the ticket window. Along with providing tickets for events occurring on campus, you can also get discounted movie tickets for Regal Cinema, the movie theatre you can get to via the Millersville 16 bus. While it’s not a huge discount, it can save you a couple of bucks here and there.

At the ticket window you can also find different information about trips that clubs at Millersville take. There are different organizations that will take day trips to places like New York City, Baltimore, and Washington D.C., just to name a few.

If you have personal transportation off of campus, another entertainment venue that you should take advantage of is Kendig Square Cinema. Located in the Kendig Square Shopping Center in Willow Street, right off 741, Kendig Square Cinemas shows movies that are in between theatres and DVD release for a much reduced price. Tickets for children under 12 and seniors over 60, as well as all movies before 6 p.m. cost $2.50.

All other times the movies are $4.50, with and extra dollar tacked on for movies that are 3D. Finally, from an academic standpoint, one of the most underutilized resources available to Millersville students is our access to the library at Franklin & Marshall College. F&M is a private college located in Lancaster city, and Millersville has an agreement with them which grants students access to their library. If you have a research paper and can’t find the book you need, F&M’s extensive library may have what you’re looking for.