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Be sure to catch these campus events in October

From politics to pumpkins, October at Northeastern offers something for everyone. Here are some events to put on your calendar.

An Evening with Lincoln Chafee

Lincoln Chafee, former Democratic Party presidential candidate, governor, U.S. senator, and mayor of Warwick, Rhode Island, will reflect on politics, campaigns, and the public good during an event on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 5:30 p.m. at 909 Renaissance Park.

Myra Kraft Open Classroom

What will Boston look like in 2030? That’s the focus of this semester’s Open Classroom series, which will meet on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. in 20 West Village F until Dec. 13. The seminar series, which is run by the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, is free and open to the public and the Northeastern community. The next one is Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Bouvé Health Fair

The Bouvé Health Fair and Flu Clinic is back this year with free flu shots; health screenings for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, and body fat; health information; free giveaways; a blood drive; yoga and zumba classes; and much more. The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the Curry Student Center indoor quad.

John Coltrane Memorial Concert

A 20-piece ensemble will perform a special 40th anniversary edition of the annual John Coltrane memorial concert, titled “40 Years of Celebrating ‘Trane” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, in Blackman Auditorium.

Xhibition Kitchen

Northeastern Dining’s Food Network-​​​​style series fea­tures cooking demon­stra­tions in Xhi­bi­tion Kitchen, which is located in the Stetson West Eatery. This month holds a whole host of events, including a chocolate and cheese tasting with Adam Centamore on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at noon; cooking demonstrations by Megan J. Elias on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at noon and Strega’s Nick Varano and Farouk Bazoune on Thursday, Oct. 19, at noon. 

Pumpkin carving

Northeastern’s 17th annual pumpkin carving contest will take place on Thursday, Oct. 26, in the Levine Marketplace from 3 to 7 p.m. Register online for the chance to be one of 50 students randomly selected to compete, and be sure to use #pumpkiNU to show off your cool creations when the time comes.

Pumpkins from the carving contest will be on display on Friday, Oct. 27, in the Xhibition Kitchen, where students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites. You’ll also be able to vote all weekend long via FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Fall Career Fair

The Fall Career Fair will be held on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Cabot Cage. More than 260 employers will be on hand looking to hire undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students for internships, co-ops, and full-time jobs.

Security and resilience

This fall’s four-part Contemporary Issues in Security and Resilience Studies speaker series is in full swing, with three more events to look forward to this semester, including one this month. Heather Roff, of the University of Oxford, will deliver the next lecture on Oct. 10 at 4:30 p.m. in 909 Renaissance Park, giving a talk titled “The Future of Warfare.”

Open house at MSC

As part of the 50-year anniversary celebration of the founding of the Marine Science Center, the MSC will host an open house on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free, family-friendly event in Nahant, Massachusetts, will give attendees the opportunity to interact with MSC students, faculty, and staff while taking tours, participating in guided tide pooling, observing autonomous underwater robots in action, and more. In the event of inclement weather, the open house will be moved to Saturday, Oct. 21.

Parent and Family Weekend

Parent and Family Weekend, on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 and 28, will include a variety of campus events including college receptions, a family festival, a men’s hockey game, and a family comedy show.

First-year and transfer students and their parents and families are also invited (and encouraged) to participate in the Parent and Family orientation program, which is designed to be an introduction to the broad academic and social aspects of the university community.


Men’s hockey gets underway in earnest this month, beginning with back-to-back home games against Sacred Heart on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. And don’t miss some Hockey East action with a matchup against UMass-Lowell on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m.

Women’s hockey will take on Boston University at home on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m., followed by an eight-game stretch—from Wednesday, Oct. 25, to Sunday, Nov. 19—in which the Huskies will play Hockey East opponents exclusively.

Men’s soccer will take on rival Boston University on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. The Huskies will also challenge William and Mary on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 5 p.m.; James Madison on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m.; and Vermont on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. 

Women’s soccer will wrap up its regular season with home games against Hofstra on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m.; William and Mary on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m.; and Towson on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m.

Both cross country teams will compete in the New England Championships on Saturday, Oct. 7, and the swimming and diving team will compete against Wagner on Friday, Oct. 6, and Saturday, Oct. 7.

Field hockey has a busy October, with notable games against Boston University on Monday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m., Princeton on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m., and Delaware on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m.

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