Varsity Club

The sign at the Varsity Club on Lane Avenue
The Varsity Club on Lane Avenue

So enough history. Let’s talk about beer.

As you can imagine, our schedule in the Working Professionals program is a little bit different from that of students in the Full Time program.

Since there are no classes on Friday, the “day kids” start their weekends on Thursday at around 6:00pm, and they often do so at the Varsity Club.

This is the time that most of us working stiffs are just starting class. By the time we finish class around 9:45, they have generally moved on. So they take the first shift, and we take the second.

The Varsity Club is really close to the Fisher campus, just across Lane Avenue from the parking lot many Fisher commuter students use – so it is a convenient meeting place.

Due to its convenience and the friendly owners, the Working Professionals MBA Council organizes pizza parties there periodically as networking events. There is usually one on the first Thursday of the quarter, and there is a pretty good turnout – considering some of us have staff meetings in the morning. Of course, the Council does supply the pizza, and we business students know the value of free pizza.

During these networking events, we fill the place up pretty well:

The Varsity Club patio full of WPMBA students
The Varsity Club patio after Fisher evening classes let out
The Varsity Club patio before classes let out
The Varsity Club patio before Fisher evening classes let out

The VC also gets pretty busy around and during football games, or any sporting event. My wife and I watched the US tie England there in the World Cup along with a pretty good crowd.

Because we have less time to have fun, we tend to take it seriously.

With busy lives and intense classes, it’s critical to unwind once in awhile. And since we working professionals don’t spend much time on campus outside of classes, it’s important to make time to get to know each other and make friends. These networking events are the perfect time to do that.

I’m Not Ready For This

Well, at least that’s what my MHR 869 (Strategic Management of Human Assets) professor Dr. Steffanie Wilk said. I have to admit I’m not really ready for classes to start again either. As Professor Wilk said, and I agree, she would be more ready if it were raining or colder, but it’s not. It still feels like summer and part of me wishes it still were. Although, this is my last Autumn Quarter ever. I have been going to school consistently for 18 years, and I’m ready for a break.

A word of advice to the new class of MLHR students (and all students for that matter): plan your commute time out so that there’s extra. I know that it may have taken you only 10 minutes to drive to campus when you were on a tour, but now that everyone is back, things get a little bit crazy. Allow extra time to find a parking spot. For business students, I have found that often there are always spots in the parking lot north of St. John Arena. This lot is the closest large lot to the Fisher complex. Most of the time, there are spots in the east half of the parking lot (closest to Fisher) but there are always spots in the west half. For those of you, who like me, are taking night classes, keep in mind that after 4pm, if you have a “C” tag, you can park in any spot (non-handicapped of course) but any “A” or “B” spot is yours for the taking. There is a parking lot on nestled between Curl Drive and Lane Avenue that is for “A” and “B” passes only, but when I get to campus at 5:00 for my 6:00 class, most of the spots are open. Again, other people know this parking lot and park there, so get there early, but it’s always a fair bet it has at least one open spot.

Also, be sure to watch where you’re walking, especially when crossing the street. A lot of times cars don’t necessarily see you when they’re driving through campus. And when you’re driving, make sure to watch out for pedestrians, especially during the times in between classes – 18 minutes after and 30 minutes after (ex 9:18 and 9:30). This is when roads, especially Woodruff, are clogged with students walking to class, and often times you’re stuck waiting for a few minutes before you can keep driving.

Earlier today I had my first class (MHR 869) and it went pretty well. Tonight I have MHR 862 (Seminar in HR Management). It’ll be good to see everyone again and get things underway. I’ll keep you updated on it all though. Here’s to hoping the quarter shapes out to being great!