November, the time when no one knows if they should start to play Christmas music. If you are one who does enjoy some gentle, jingling bells at this time (silver or any other festive colour), go right ahead. However, I  will not Hear What Your Hear because it’s not quite a White Christmas for this ninth lady dancing. Thanksgiving is still a ways away, and I’m excited about it! #CatesFavHoliday If you see me in the hallways or walking on campus, please promptly offer me a pecan pie and I will immediately give you twenty dollars.


This week we have something very exciting for commuters!

IceCreamSocialPlease come to see the lost film The Big Sick with fellow commuter students and head back to the lounge afterwards for an ice cream social! It will be a fun time of connecting. Please try and make it!


Friday November 10

Lost Film @ 6:00 PM Parmer Cinema 

Ice Cream Social @ 8:15 PM



There will NOT be Powerhouse tonight, November 9th. The American Prodigal Tour feat. Crowder, Jimi Cravity, and the Young Escape is coming to Brubaker Auditorium on Thursday @7 pm. We will resume Powerhouse the following week, November 16th at 8:30 pm in Hostetter Chapel.

Minds Matter has partnered with SAB to bring you yet another Dodgeball Tournament!!!

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On Saturday Nov 18th, from 7-10 pm in Sawyer Gym. Compete for gift cards and a pizza party! Also a T-shirt making contest. Email the names of your 6-10 team members, preferred shirt colour, and t-shirt sizes to by Monday Nov. 13th and you will get t shirts you can decorate before the tournament.

Tuesday Chapel, Shane Claiborne on the Resurrecting Church.

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The Bard Center for Environmental Policy will be on campus next week to speak to students. Free pizza will be provided for details.

Who: The Bard Center for Environmental Policy, featuring Eban Goodstein, Director

When: Tuesday November 14th, 4-5 PM

Where: Boyer 130


Are you looking for a job on campus? Visit to view and apply to current student job openings. Now hiring for Spring semester. Apply today!


New November

We have reached a new month folks! It’s a fresh start, midterms are finished and it is a race to the end of the semester. It will come sooner than you realize. :)


E7889686-92EB-4FA0-B1A8-CD1A9AC6F5C7Commuter of the month: HAVEN SHAFFER

Freshman in Business Administration with Human Resources

Commutes from Mechanicsburg

Favorite thing to do on campus: hanging out with friends at the Union

One thing I love about commuting: Getting the “college experience” while still getting to experience living at home.

Fun Fact: I know sign language.


November 11 @6:00 PM to watch The Big Sick in Parmer Cinema as a commuter gang and then head back to the lounge for an Ice Cream Social @ 8:15.

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Advising Sessions

As is the case every fall, you MUST evaluate your advisor (Advisor Evaluation) before you can register for spring classes. The Advisor Evaluation is now available and can be completed any time. We recommend that you do the evaluation prior to your registration time slot, but NOT before you have met with your advisor.

  1. Login to MC square
  2. Go to the “Academic Life Tab”, Registrar’s channel
  3. Choose “Registration Menu”
  4. Select Advisor Evaluation and fill in the survey
  5. Submit your answers


Hey everyone! Wanna spend a short time in an exotic land filled with the colors and tastes of India? Or are you just craving for the delightful aroma of Indian spices?
We have just the remedy for such! ASA and ISA/MuKappa are proud to host Diwali Night!
Diwali Night is the celebration of Indian culture with the emphasis of the Indian Festival of Lights, which is the celebration of light over darkness in Indian culture. We’ll have booths serving Chai, henna tattoo, spice games, performances, and more.
WHEN? Saturday, November 4th, 2017
WHAT TIME? 7:00pm – 9:00pm
WHERE? Larsen Student Union
The food will be served on ticket basis.
The ticket will cost $3, but the booths are open to all.
Tickets will be sold at the ticketing booth in Eisenhower.
Hurry tickets are limited!
Hope that you can make it!
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Are you looking to ski this winter?

The Ski and Ride Club still has 20 spots open to receive a $60 reimbursement for buying a Round top Nightclub card or any other Round top ski pass!


Students Needed for Service Opportunities!

We still need your help!

Interested in service & social justice? Want to make a difference in your community? Hoping to get off campus and make new friends? Check out these incredible opportunities still available this semester through Agape Center Outreach! We are still in need of service-minded students who want to make a difference. Find a team that catches your interest and email to get involved!

Tabitha’s: Knit and crochet items for the homeless in Harrisburg with elderly residents of Messiah Lifeways. Tuesdays from 4:15-7pm

Catholic Worker House: Impact Allison Hill through works of mercy: urban gardening, food bank, and community breakfast assistance. Saturdays from 9am- 12pm

Boys and Girls Club After-School: Help out an after-school program by playing games with kids or helping out with homework. Wednesdays 3:00-6:00pm

Food Recovery Network: A student-led Sustainability effort that donates leftover food from Lottie to Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg. Help weight, package, and transport the food to Bethesda Mission. Fridays from 3-4:15pm

Parent-Teacher Childcare at Downey Elementary: Provide child care for parents who are attending monthly Parent meetings. 11/2, 12/7, 1/4, 2/1, 3/1, 4/5, 5/3 from 6:30-7:30.


Trick Or Treat!

Fall at Messiah is very exciting, make sure you come dressed in costume for your classes tomorrow! :)

Lost Films

Baby DriverThis week’s Lost Film is Baby Driver. Come out and see it! It was such a fun, eclectic, quirky film about what makes “good people” and “bad people”. Definitely a winner in this girl’s book!


Mark your calendars for November 11 @ 6:00 to watch The Big Sick in Parmer Cinema as a commuter group and then head back to the lounge for an ice cream social! #sopumped #writeitdown #RIGHTNOW

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Carmel apples, pumpkin carving, photo booth, pie eating contest and much more! Come

join SAB kick off fall with the annual Fall Fest, on Saturday, October 28th! Bring your friends and your flannel to the Union between 2-5 p. for plenty of fall activities. You might be able to: win a fifty dollar gift card to Amazon, participate in a Pie-Eating Contest, play lawn games and vote for Homecoming Court.

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Ushers are needed for performances of “Summer and Smoke” which debuts on Thursday, November 9th in Miller Theater and will run for two weekends. Students who volunteer to usher will also get to see the show for free! Sign-up sheet is available on the for each performance, and they will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Show dates and times are:

November 9-11 and November 16-18 @ 8:00 pm

November 12 and 19 @3:00 pm

Introducing, the brand new Commuter Council!

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Ellen Diehl

First-year, Musical Theatre, Carlisle

  1. Band you could not live without: “Not a band, but I love me some Billy Joel”
  2. Favorite on-campus activity: Eating. Always eating.
  3. Favorite food: Speaking of which, pasta is my favorite!




Jordan Dietrthrich Head ShotJordan Diethrich

Freshman, nursing, commute from Dillsburg (right up across Starry Field).

  1. Band you couldn’t live without: I could not live without Mutemath, their crazy rhythms and melodies are fantastic.

2. Favorite on-campus activityCoffee House in my favorite on campus activity. It’s such an encouraging environment and so much fun.

3. Favorite food: Spaghetti Pie. It’s like lasagna, but instead of normal noodles, it’s spaghetti and it has sausage. It changed my outlook on food.


Daniel Diethrich Head ShotDaniel Diethrich

Junior, music and math double major, commuting from dillsburg

  1. Band you couldn’t live without: Twenty One Pilots and Mutemath
  2. Favoite on-campus activity: Powerhouse
  3. Favorite Food: Pizza







There’s No Place Like Homecoming

It’s homecoming week! Alumni will be flooding campus to see all of the newest campus additions, including our home in the Commuter Lounge. Come out on Saturday to visit some games and cheer on Messiah teams as they play against past players (especially the Women’s Ultimate team, because we rock). It will be a fun time of connecting, exploration, and reunion.

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Spider-Man Homecoming in Parmer Cinema

Oct. 20 @ 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM

Oct 21 @ 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM, and 9:00 PM

Upcoming events:

Coffeehouse in Brubaker Oct. 21 @ 9:00 PM



Homecoming Dance Oct. 29

Time to pull out your suits and get some dancing shoes on! The homecoming dance is just around the corner. Grab a date, hang solo, or wrangle some fun friends for a fancy night out and an excuse to look especially sharp.


Munich Study Abroad Info Session

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Date: Thursday, October 19th

Time: 7:30-8:30 pm

Location: Larsen 237

Do you want to spend a semester immersed in German culture? This Thursday, the Intercultural Office will be organizing a study abroad info session for the Junior Year in Munich program. This program offers students a unique opportunity to live fully immersed in German culture. you will have the opportunity to interact with locals and polish your German!



Please be aware that on Friday, Oct 20, President Phipps will be having breakfast with a board of trustees in the Commuter Lounge between 7:30 and 8:30 AM. We are welcome to use the space as usual, but realize there will professional company present. Thank you.


To All Students – Undergraduate:


Students, Spring 2018 registration is fast approaching! Registration information will be available online beginning Wednesday, October 25 (MCSquare, Students, Academic Life, Registrar Channel). Academic advising begins Monday, October 30. Please be in contact with your academic advisor to schedule an appointment to discuss/plan your spring 2018 course schedule. You will also be receiving a postcard via campus mail with additional registration information.

IMPORTANT: The Registration Request worksheet will not be delivered to your campus mail box or to the academic departments. You can access the online version of this form via MCSquare, Students, Academic Life, Registrar Channel. If you need a hard copy of this form, the Registrar’s Office (Old Main, Suite 3007) will have a limited supply. Questions can be emailed to or call 717-691-6074.


Sign-ups are now open for the second wave Six-Week Chapel Series!

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To All Grantham Students:


Now that you made it through the beginning of the school year and classes are well on their way, are you ready to take on a campus job? Remember Christmas is coming!! The Campus Events Department has some openings that we are looking to fill. We are the custodial department so our jobs involve cleaning. Do you have 8 to 10 hours a week to dedicate to a job on campus?

Our immediate openings are – Cafe 7 – five nights a week (will include some weekends), vacuuming and mopping in Lottie Nelson dining areas, 7:45 to 9:00pm ECC – (female needed), Monday through Friday 4:00 to 5:15, cleaning the women’s locker rooms. With this job you would also work every other weekend (9:00 to 11:30pm) as part of a small group cleaning in other areas. If you are interested in these or any other jobs within our department please apply on-line using the link below.

Questions? Contact Denise at


All Students:


Race Reconciliation, reimagined.

Join the Student Activities Board on October 21 for an off-campus excursion to see the gospel and R&B musical comedy, “The Bold and the Sanctified.” A story about a black church and a white church who must combine their congregations for financial reasons, the performance depicts an array of responses to race relations within the context of faith. Featuring phenomenal vocal performances and a script written by Harrisburg radio host, Sherri Lynn, the show invites you to laugh, think, and reexamine your heart.

The show is at:

-Harrisburg’s historic Forum Theatre

-October 21 at 7:30, doors open at 6:30pm.

Students can sign up at the SILP desk (on the top floor of Larsen Student Union) for an all inclusive, FREE ticket which includes transportation.

Employees who would like to attend or bring their families can purchase tickets through this link:

For more information, contact






Home Stretch to Staycation

The week before Fall Break can be difficult. Push through the hand cramps of the five papers due by midnight, and study hard for those stacked midterms. Pace yourself, taking one day at a time. Before you know it, we will have our staycation at home. Some of you have trips planned, some are working, and some are using this time to do laundry and bake cookies. I say to you “huzzah” in all of your Break endeavors. We are nearly there.

Fall Break: October 12-13 

Classes Resume October 16


Lost Film

October 6-7

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Friday at 6:00 PM, 9:00 PM

Saturday at 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM, 9:00 PM

FREE for students! $4 for guests!






Coffeehouse Auditions

October 16 from 4-7pm

coffeehouseIf you have a talent, try out! This could be your big break!

Audition at the SAB Office in the Larsen Union.

I promise, they are not scary. We want to see what you have to offer!




AROMA Celebration – Free Ice Cream!

Join us October 8th for ice cream, reflection, and fellowship from 8-10pm in the Union. All are welcome!





In support of missions awareness month, World Christian Fellowship international dinner tonight at 6:30 located in the Hostetter Classroom (HC113). Everyone is invited! This is a great chance to branch out and experience new cultures and meet new people. (Commuters need to meet new people.) :)


CROWDER Concert: first 500 to buy tickets get a discounted price of $15.

Go HERE for more information. 15674771


Week 5 has come, with the sun’s relentless second wind. Drink water. Eat food. Binge Netflix only ONE day a week. Budget your week according to your work.
“A healthy outside, starts from the inside.”

-Robert Urich


Excursion: Knoebels Covered Bridge Festival + Rides


Searching for the perfect way to kick off this fall season? Look no further. SAB Excursions will be heading to Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg, PA for a fun day of fair food, crafts, and rides. Every year, Knoebels hosts the Covered Bridge Festival with over 385 craft vendors and 38 food vendors. Additionally, most of the regular amusement park rides will be open as well! Caramel apples and thrill rides are just one sign-up away.

When: October 7th
Time: Meet at Eisenhower circle at 1:15pm
Arrive back at Messiah at 10:15pm
Bring: Money for food and for purchasing ride tickets / layers for cold weather
Price: $5 (covers cost of transportation)

Stop by the Union desk to register starting Sept. 29!
Weekdays 4pm-12am
Weekends 1pm-12am


FREE Soccer Tailgate

Come get FREE FOOD Saturday, September 30th, at the annual Eyas Soccer Tailgate!

We will be serving BBQ pulled pork & hot dogs behind the softball field backstop in between the Women and Men’s soccer games.

The Women’s team plays Alvernia @ 5:00 p.m, followed by the Men’s team @ 7:30 p.m. The tailgate will begin immediately following the Women’s game!

Come for fun, food, and friendship & hang around for both games!
See you there!!!

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safetyNational Safety Month!

It’s the final week of National Campus Safety Awareness month. Today we would like for you to consider the kind of community member you are- how do you actively respect and care for those around you? One way we can promote safety in the Messiah College community is by being good neighbors and by looking out for the best interests of those around us.


We are excited to announce we have added another Pizza with Professionals to our calendar: AT&T!

Come join us on Thursday, October 5th from Noon-1 pm in Parmer Cinema to hear from Dan Blemings ’93, Global Lifecycle Product Manager for AT&T’s multi-billion dollar Ethernet products used by businesses for data networking.



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9/28 Thursday Morning 9:30-10:15 am Kairos (Brubaker Auditorium)






Consider study abroad!

Greetings from the Intercultural office. As you finish up the first month of classes on campus this fall, we also hope that you will consider whether a study abroad experience is in your future as a Messiah College student. As you know, we offer a number of study abroad opportunities. One such opportunity you should know about is the BestSemester programs offered in partnership with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.

These programs are Christ-centered, provide culturally-immersive experiential learning, and enable you to study abroad with students from other Christian colleges. Through BestSemester you’ll not only learn a new culture but develop lasting friendships and grow in your faith in the process.

BestSemester programs are offered overseas in Australia, Costa Rica, Oxford, and Uganda.

In addition, there are three professionally-focused programs in the U.S.:
American Studies Program (Washington, D.C.)
Contemporary Music Center (Nashville)
Los Angeles Film Studies Center

Learn more about all of these programs at or come visit us in the Intercultural Office to learn more about BestSemester programs as well as many other study abroad opportunities that are available. To make an appointment, go to and find a time that works for you!

We look forward to seeing you!

___________________________________________________________________________ for CROWDER!


$20 ($75 for premium edition) on November 9 and can be ordered through





Freshmen Girls Powder Puff Signup

We are opening signups for the freshmen girls powderpuff team. We will play on Homecoming day, October 21st, and are accepting any girls willing to participate. The link below will take you to a google survey where you can fill out your contact information and t-shirt size. Please note that t-shirts will cost $10 per player.



Your Friendly Neighborhood Commuter

Howdy folks, welcome to week four of the school year. The fatigue of the running back and forth is starting to settle and deadlines are speeding along. Make sure that you are drinking adequate amounts of water, finding time for all of your meals, and ACTUALLY brushing your teeth. Rest up so you can attack the day with tenacity.

We have fun news of the Messiah Facebook page being resurrected! Simply go to “Messiah College Commuters” and like our page! Important events, opportunities, and information will be provided for the commuters to see. Don’t read this post without visiting. #HintHint #WinkWink


Some fun upcoming events!

  1. CROWDER tickets are $20 ($75 for premium edition) on November 9 and can be bought through


2. This Friday’s Movie on the Green – MOANA


Friday @ 7:30 pm

$2 tickets

Eisenhower Lawn


3. Marketing Club is presenting: Speed Mixing and Donuts

This Thursday, September 21st, at 7:00 pm, the Marketing Club will host a Speed Mixing Event in Jordan Lounge. Both business and non-business majors are welcome to attend and get to know more of their fellow classmates. This is a fantastic way for commuters to get to know other students on campus.



To All First Year Students:

All FIRST YEAR students (including COMMUTERS) new to Messiah College are required to attend an Active Shooter Training session. The session will run 60-75 minutes and will take place in Hostetter Chapel. Please be on time and remember to bring your student ID card. You will need it to swipe and receive credit for your attendance. You only need to attend one of the five sessions.

The sessions will be held at the following times. If you are not able to attend any of the sessions due to your schedule, please email

Monday, September 25, 2017 at 2:00PM and 4:00PM

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 2:00PM and 4:00PM

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 7:00PM


Local Shuttle Drivers Wanted.  If you need a job, please read!

Commuter Shuttle Driver sign

Seize the Day

The trees’ colours are changing from green to gold, the air is crisp an prime for delicate drizzles, and familiar sweatshirts are now toward the front of your closet. Fall has arrived folks, and I’m excited. For me, this means Pumpkin-spiced everything, binging Sherlock episodes, and my world smelling like gingersnap cookies. If you need me, make sure you bring some. I encourage you to seize everyday as a new adventure, and challenges as opportunities for you to be a rock star.


Let’s talk about Chapel.

Everyone would have received this in our email: Beginning of semester email (Commuters)

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Chapel is not optional, it is mandatory, and should not be taken lightly. As commuters, we were granted grace to only attend 7 chapels per semester as opposed to the 14 that residential students must attend. If there is a conflict (work, internship, family complication, etc.) please notify College Ministries by filing a chapel attendance petition which can be found on your student self-service menu. College Ministries will then notify you whether or not they have accepted your request.


We are still loving our new lounge, thank you to those who signed the “Thank you cards” for President Phipps, Kathie Shafer, and the Frey family. Their hard work deserved notice, and it was important to me that we showed our appreciation. If you have not seen the new lounge, PLEASE VISIT US. It is wonderful, magical, and dreams come true there.

However, please notice that the new signs in the Lounge about the new wall installation of the small conference room that is being designed. This is the space with the white board and television around a table. Its original intent was to be a study space/cubicle area similar to those in the Murray Library. The wall installation will be occurring October 5.


Free food. Música Latina. Dancing.


Can’t dance? Figure it out by Friday…

jk, come @ 8 on Friday night and we’ll teach you!!



Looking forward to another great year of MC REC SPORTS!


Rec. Sports will be starting 5v5 Men’s and Women’s Basketball, and Co-ed Outdoor Sand Volleyball leagues the week of September 25th. All teams and players must be registered by Saturday, September 16th!

If you would like to REGISTER or JOIN a team, please, follow the instructions listed below. To participate in Rec. Sports this season EVERYONE (Captains & Players) MUST create an IMLeagues account.

To Create an Account.

1. Go to

2. Click “Create Account” in the Top-Right corner.

3. Fill out the required Information using your Messiah email address. Finish the Account Setup by following the directions in the Confirmation Email.

4. Log-in to your IMLeagues account.

5. Click “Create or Join a Team.”

6. Select the Sport AND League in which you would like to play.

7. Click the green “Register/ Signup” box.

8. Choose the appropriate option.

Team Captains choose: “Create Team” To join an existing team choose: “Join Team” To be added to the league if you don’t have a team choose: “Free Agent” NOTE: Captain’s must create the team FIRST. Once the team is created then all of the players on the roster can join your team.

9. Read and fill out ALL of the required information. This is VERY important.

10. Finish and submit.

For more information on How to Register visit:


SAB Lost Films for the weekend:



Have a great week, guys!

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We Made It

The hype of the first week has come and gone and we are finally melding with the groove of every day life. Scurrying from class to campus, sprinting from Starry Field to your 8 AM class, and still remembering to squeeze meals between your various meetings and activities. Life will become more and more routine.



Just to reiterate what has been buzzing around campus, our new Commuter Lounge is BEAUTIFUL. If you have not been there, visit. #MountainView #SouthSideIsOurSide






If you are still in need of a locker please email, be sure to include your student ID number and the length of time you wish to keep your locker (fall, spring, or both semesters).

Also on campus are some really awesome opportunities:

Service Trips

  • The Agape Center is very excited to offer the following trips for the fall:
    • Priority 1 Ministries (Bronx, NY)
      • hunger and homelessness
      • social injustice
    • Aroma, Cumberland Point (Mechanicsburg, PA)
      • interfaith outreach
      • sports ministry
    • Rolling Ridge (Harpers Ferry, WV)
      • sustainability
      • community revitalization
    • Children’s Bible Fellowship (Carmel, NY)
      • at risk youth
      • street ministry

If any of these interest you, visit here.


open-uri20160812-3094-p8x4dd_05e53f81Come on out to Movie on the Green (Eisenhower Lawn)

Friday, September 22nd @ 7:30 PM

$2 suggested donation

Concession stands open at 6:30 and all donations go to Hurricane Harvey Relief.





Welcome Back Folks

Commuter Lounge Ribbon Cutting

Commuter Invitation Postcard 2017

Hey Messiah College Commuters! After relentless work this summer, the much anticipated NEW Commuter Lounge is finally finished! Bright, spacious, and unique to our needs, our new lounge on the lower level of Mountain View is incomparable to our original hovel in Hoffman. You should have received an invitation in the mail just like the one to the right. Please join us August 31st at 5:15 as President Kim Phipps dedicates the space with a ribbon-cutting!

The New Kid


Hi! My name is Cate Cutting and I am the new Commuter Liaison. For the past few years this was a role carried by Justin Stimpson, who had worked so hard as the bridge between college administration and the needs of the commuter student body. He did a wonderful job, and I hope to continue his legacy as we open the new lounge he and I worked so hard to initiate!

About Me

I’m a sophomore commuter who is double majoring in Dance and Social Work.

I also work as the work-study in the Student Involvement and Leadership Program Office.

My other part-time jobs include teaching dance at Reverence Studios and being an in-home hairdresser. I have done both of these for two years.

I can be easily persuaded by chocolate and/or British TV shows.

If you should ever need me, my email is

New Students

For all of the new students reading the Commuter Connection, welcome to Messiah College! We are so excited to have you join our community, especially at a time when opportunities for us are so flourishing! I am excited to meet all of you and hope you decide to attend the Welcome Week activities that Julie Cline (Assistant Director of the Student Involvement and Leadership Programs who oversees Commuter Services) has put in place for you specifically. It was a memorable and invaluable experience for me and I encourage you to take advantage of it. Commuters are allowed to have fun too. 

New Year Checklist

  • Books are ordered and received
  • Your account Financial Aid needs are met
  • Your class schedule is printed and reviewed
  • On your calendar you have the Commuter Lounge Opening!

So. Everybody. Let’s do this thing!