Ice skating rink to open on UI campus for one night

Iowa on Ice
The UI will host a one-night ice skating rink in the IMU. — photo by Brian Talbot via Flickr Creative Commons

Winter is here, kinda. Nonetheless, cold-weather sports are kicking off and this Friday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m., the UI Campus Activities Board will install an ice skating rink on campus as part of Iowa on Ice. This one-day event will take place in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Along with the ice skating, CAB will have a hot chocolate bar and screen Elf (2003) directed by Jon Favreau and starring Will Ferrell.

The skating will follow the UI’s Festival of Trees, where various student organizations will sponsor and decorate Christmas trees. The trees will be on view to the public from Dec. 10-12 in the Hubbard Commons of the IMU, but during Iowa on Ice, they’ll be on display around the ice skating rink. Attendees will be able to bid on the trees as part of a silent auction. According to CAB member Jenny Hollowed, the money raised from the auction will be donated to the Johnson County Crisis Center.

Iowa on Ice and Festival of Trees are free and open to anyone who wishes to attend. Ice skates will be available for rental if people are unable to bring their own.