Learn the lingo

Staff Reports

Each college campus seems to have their own language and South Dakota State University is no different. Below are some terms that will make your transition to SDSU a little bit easier.

Students’ Association (SA): The student government body on campus that has the power to voice concerns of students on the university, local and state level. Their office is located off of Main Street in The Union. They have weekly meetings on Monday nights at 7 p.m. in the Lewis and Clark room on the second floor of The Union.

Sylvan Green: This area is located near Pugsley Hall and Lincoln Hall. It’s an outdoor performance area. During warmer months, this area can be a nice study area.

The Dairy Bar: Everyone knows SDSU is known for it’s ice cream. This is the place to get all the flavors. It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. For less extravagant flavors, students can also find SDSU ice cream at Weary Wil’s.

Weary Wil & Dirty Lil: These are the two characters of Hobo Day. Each year, two alumni are chosen to be the famous duo. They are kept secret and revealed at halftime of the Hobo Day football game.

General Activity Fee (GAF)

This is the amount each student pays per credit hour for different activities on campus including attending games, concerts and performances.

The Office of Student Engagement: This office is located off of Main Street in The Union. It is a resource for all clubs and organizations. It can help students with general campus involvement and career development.

Hobo Day: SDSU’s homecoming and the biggest one-day event in the Dakotas. There are events leading up to the Hobo Day football game on the Saturday of Hobo Day. The celebration is October 16 to October 22.

The Wintrode Student Success Center: This building is also referred to as the freshman year advising center. First-year students can go here to receive advice on class schedules, career decisions and general guidance.

The Performing Arts Center (PAC): This building sits on the north side of the Southeast Parking lot. A majority of concerts and other performances take place here.

The Union: This building is where students can find something to eat, hang out with friends, discover student organizations, attend a presentation and study.