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What is there to do in Jacksonville?


As everyone knows, Jacksonville is a small college town.

Normally, most people go to either Oxford or Gadsden for any kind of entertainment. But what do you do when you are low on fuel and still want to have fun? Surprisingly, there is a lot to do in Jacksonville.

The University always has events going on.

On Thursday, February 7th, there will be a blood drive from 11- 5:30 at the Theron Montgomery Building Auditorium.

There are basketball and softball games and tennis matches happening all throughout the week.

The JSU softball team has two games on Friday the 8th, one at 12:30 against St. Louis and another at 5:30 against Louisiana Tech, both located in Hammond, Louisiana. Also on Friday, the Women’s Tennis team is playing against UAB at 1:00.

On Saturday the 9th the Women's Basketball team will be playing against South Alabama at 11:00 in Mobile, Alabama and the Men's Basketball team will be playing at Tennessee Tech at 7:30. Go out and support your Gamecocks!

Other than athletics, if you are wanting to go out to relax and have fun with friends there are a number of restaurants. At Loco Mex, enjoy $0.99 tacos while you play trivia on Tuesday nights.

Another local favorite is Heroes Bar & Grill. Wednesday nights are karaoke and all burgers are $5.99! Every now and then Heroes will have a comedy night.

Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing a stand up comic, Chad Wells. Wells has been doing stand up for only a short amount of time. He says “making people laugh is a wicked buzz, man.” Wells also says he gets most of his material from his everyday life. Wells is working on getting a spot in the February 11th Pelham's show. If you like to laugh this show would be a good one to see.

Tuesday, February 12th,  there will be a drive-in at 7:00 the movie playing will be Crazy, Stupid,  Love. at the Pete Mathews Coliseum. Also, at 8:00 there will be a NAACP week Black History Program at the Leone Cole Auditorium.

Thursday nights are usually the nights students like to go out and unwind from a stressful week of tests. Pelham's and Brothers are the two bars where people go to have a night of drinking and fun. Brothers usually has a live band; Thursday, March 7th West Water Outlaws will be performing. At Pelham's on Wednesdays you can get a Budweiser for only $2 along with a WOO WOO shot or only $3.

Jacksonville State University also offers many different clubs and organizations you can join. If you are interested in joining a sorority or fraternity there are several options. The Greek system is a great way to meet new people and not only will they be your sisters or brothers, but you can make friends for a lifetime. 

You may not think there is anything to do in Jacksonville, but really there is a lot to do. Even if you want to stay in, watch a movie, and order a pizza there are RedBox machines and pizza places around here . So next time you are bored and have nothing to do, remember Jacksonville is a town full of events.

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