Wednesday, April 12 marks the 58th annual Bermuda Shorts Day (BSD) — the student-led celebration of the last day of classes. BSD is exclusive to University of Calgary students who have obtained a wristband from the Students’ Union.
This year’s event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in parking lot 32 on the southeast corner of campus and includes a beer garden and live music performances. The event in lot 32 is the only BSD event sanctioned by the university and the Students’ Union. In addition, several changes to parking, road and building access, and Calgary Transit will take place that may affect students, faculty and staff.
Parking lot 32 will be closed Tuesday, April 11 at 6 p.m. and will reopen on Thursday, April 13. Alternate parking lots to use include the Arts Parkade ($10 per entry) or parking lots 10 and 11 ($7 per entry).
On Wednesday, Campus Drive will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. between Campus Place and Campus Gate. Access to lots 19, 21, 25 and 28 will only be available from 32nd Avenue. Access to lots 31, 33 and 34 can be made from 24th Avenue all day.
The drop-off loop in front of the Child Care facility will be closed. Drop-offs/pickups can be made from parking lot 25, just north of the building. Due to the road closure, entry to this area will need to be made from 32nd Avenue.
The MacEwan Student Centre will be completely closed from 4 to 6 p.m. with all food kiosks closed at that time. Urgent access to the Wellness Centre or parkade will be permitted at the south entrance of the MSC Atrium. Access to the Last Defence Lounge will be through the north entrance stairwell. Facilities will reopen at 6 p.m. with the exception of the Den, which will be closed for the evening.
Scurfield Hall will be closed for general access from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and there will be security at all main entry points. Security will allow access to anyone who has a genuine need to enter the building. However, anyone who is visibly intoxicated, including those who plan to attend class, will be denied entrance to the building. Security will have lists of classes that are taking place in the building.
Taylor Family Digital Library — the Plus 15 link from MacKimmie to TFDL will be closed from 11 a.m. onward, to ensure the library can monitor access.
Students will be moving in and out of the beer gardens throughout the day with the bulk exiting BSD between 4.30 and 6.30 p.m. During this time, the Education building will be closed temporarily.
Bus route #20 will be rerouted for the day, with a detour to be determined by Calgary Transit. Call 403-262-1000 or visit Calgary Transit for more information.
The UCalgaryStrong Festival is a public event that focuses on bringing together the university community for participatory and well-being-focused activities.
The purpose of the festival is to celebrate the last day of classes and to provide activities and a space where the campus community are encouraged to participate, connect with friends and colleagues, and be a part of supporting a UCalgaryStrong community.
The event is on Wednesday, April 12 (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) There will be a variety of activities on campus including:
- Musical performances
- Interactive activities
- Food trucks
- Complimentary coffee and snacks