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Last Mini Art Workshop of the Semester!


Written by Toni Tompkins.

Since it’s getting closer to the holidays, it is the perfect time to try your hand at felting. There are so many different crafts you can make, and they can be made in less than a day, making this a handy skill for frequent last minute holiday shoppers. Let’s take a look at some of the crafts you can easily make with felt.


Felt ornaments are felt crafts that are so cute, you decided to hang it on the Christmas tree. All you need is the design traced out for a template. Then you cut the felt out and hand-stitch it together. Once you add the final felt pieces, it’s all done. If you want to add a string or stitch designs on the ornament then you would do this step prior to stitching the whole thing together. As to what to make the ornament, the sky’s the limit: animals, flowers, food, or just anything else you can think of. If you can think it, you can make it with felt!


Another craft that would work equally well for a gift for any other occasion is keychains. If felting could get any easier, this is it. Key chains are just a smaller, simpler version of ornaments. And you don’t even have to make them as a gift, they are so easy to make that you can just whip one up for yourself.

Needle Felting

If you are looking for something a little more advanced, needle felting is the tool for you. It’s still simple, but it does require some patience and strategy. You take a ball of felt and use a needle to poke around at the ball until it forms the shape you are looking for. This technique makes your craft three-dimensional. While everyone is making flat ornaments, get one step ahead and learn needle felting.


Come join SUA on Wednesday, November 29 at 7 pm in the Traditions Area on level 4 of the Kansas Union. This event is free for KU students and a great way to de-stress before finals week!

5 Lesser-Known Board Games

Written by Toni Tompkins.

Our Board Game Night is right around the corner, and while it is always fun to play classic board games, like Life or Battleship, there is a whole other world of unknown and rare board games that are just as fun!

Anybody’s Guess

“The riotous game of revealing clues!” If you’re a fan of fast-paced games, then you should check out Anybody’s Guess. The objective is to reach the end of the board by earning the most points before the other team does. To do so, the teams take turns guessing their keyword within one minute; and the quicker you answer, the more points you get. The opposing team can also score points if they correctly predict how many clues your team will use.

Kreskin’s ESP

Do you have Extra Sensory Perception? To find out, checkout this board game made by the mentalist, The Amazing Kreskin. Test your psychic abilities with tools like the Mystery Pendulum or the traditional Symbol Cards. Similar to a Ouija board, this game can also answer yes/no questions and spell out words. So, what are you waiting for? The world’s leading authority in ESP knows that you’ve got the power.

Fun City

“Where the craziest things happen like clockwork!” To win this game, you must have the most Fun Cards by the time the clock hits 5 o’clock. And the only way to get those cards, is by getting things done, whether that be grabbing lunch at Chez Ralph’s, taking the bus to Bowl-A-Gnome, or escorting the SLOG (Somebody’s Lil’ Ole Grandmother)  to the library. Hurry up now, the others are all out the door!

Channel Surfing

“The game that will change the way you see TV!” This is a relatively easy and enjoyable game to play. You split up into teams and draw twelve cards that have random objects on them. One person in your team controls the remote, and within three minutes, you have to find as many of your objects as you can, while surfing through the channels on your TV. What could be more fun than a TV scavenger hunt?

Lie Cheat & Steal

“The game of political power.” The objective of this game is trying to get elected for a position in a public office. And what better way to do that than by buying votes and libeling the other players. Be aware of your competitors, though, as they might call for a Senate Investigation on you if you get to close to winning. Who doesn’t love a game that is similar to Monopoly, but is twice as likely to end up thrown on the floor?

Whichever type of board game you like, come play a few rounds with other board game lovers at the SUA Board Game Night on Wednesday, November 15 from 7-9 pm in the Roll20 Esports Lounge on Level 1 of the Kansas Union. Snacks will be provided.