With La Verne’s limited local hot spots, students hit the freeways to get to their favorite hangouts and have a good time.
“Me and my friends go to Hollywood and Highland to hang out because it is such a fun atmosphere,” said freshman Gwen Garrison, who is double majoring in art history and French.
Garrison likes to walk around the strip mall area at Hollywood and Highland and shop during the day. When it hits night time, Garrison and her friends let it all hang loose at Club Deviate with entrance prices at $20 for the 18 and over crowd.
Freshman Michelle Ball takes a different freeway than Gwen to have a good time and drives herself over to Downtown Disney.
“I love it there because I can walk around and socialize for free,” Ball said.
Originally from New Mexico, Ball heard of Downtown Disney from her friends so she decided to check it out.
“I have yet to actually go to Disneyland,” Ball said.
When Ball gets tired of Mickey Mouse and company, she likes to head over to Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga and shop. With almost 100 operational stores and many more still in development, this outdoor mall offers Ball everything she needs.
Roaring bonfires at Huntington Beach and then Denny’s afterwards is what freshman sociology major Louie Acosta does in his free time to get away from his hometown of Covina.
“They have a really nice downtown and it’s a nice place to hang out and meet new people,” Acosta said.
Acosta discovered the fun of bonfires a couple years ago when he and a couple friends were getting ready to leave Huntington Beach and they saw a group of people just arriving there and starting bonfires on the beach.
Acosta wanted to try it because he said it looked like a lot of fun.
“If you can get parking on the side streets then it is free,” Acosta said. “Otherwise anywhere else you park charges around $1.50 an hour.”
Senior art major Tracy Tierney spends her free time a little differently than some of the other freshmen here at La Verne.
Tierney enjoys attending art shows in Los Angeles and San Diego.
She heard about them from her teachers at her previous college, Riverside Community College.
“I like art shows because it is relaxing to look at art,” Tierney said. “I really like it and I only have to drive about 40 minutes to an hour to attend a good one.”
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