‘Catch ‘em All’ at Mount Royal University
Summer might be over, but summer fun doesn’t have to end. Keep your sanity this semester with Pokemon Go at MRU.
Brett Luft, Web Editor
Summer is over. The theme of late nights have shifted from lit parties to writing essays. But for the sake of sanity, let’s take up a new hobby this semester: Pokemon Go.
Chances are if you were breathing during the summer – if you weren’t, keep a low profile until Halloween next month – the Pokemon Go craze impacted your life in one way or another. Luckily, Mount Royal University has enough Pokemon content to keep things interesting between classes, but not too much to completely take over your life.
Big PokeStop on Campus
Mount Royal has a few good locations to refill those pesky Ultra Balls, but the best places are Recreation – which has two PokeStops – and the Starbucks sitting area – which has another two stops. While these places might not be ideal study areas because they tend to be high traffic areas, they are good locations to go to with a group of friends because they’re not expected to be quiet.
If you’re looking for a nice place to study and collect on some PokeStops, the Memorial Courtyard between the T-wing and the library is also a PokeStop. If your GPS is friendly, it might even be possible to not only reach this PokeStop from a quiet study area in the library, but also during a painful lecture in any of the classes on the perimeter of the courtyard.
A nice opportunity for any students relying on public transportation is the West Gate’s bus terminal. This area is also a PokeStop, so when you’re waiting for your bus you can stock up on PokeBalls.
Paint MRU Blue
Mount Royal students are also privileged thanks to two gyms on campus. Recreation is no longer exclusive to those looking to lift, as it doubles as both a real gym and a Pokemon gym. Now trainers can get their training on; no sweat required.
Mount Royal’s second gym is located at the pond. While this might not be a good location during the winter time, it is convenient for those looking to get some fresh air before the first snowfall.
One thing to keep in mind when capturing gyms at MRU: our school colours are blue for a reason, so if you’re not representing Mystic, you probably should head over to University of Calgary.
Playing it safe
Finally, one thing to keep in mind while playing Pokemon Go: safety first. I always recommend playing with a group of friends, because not only is it safer, but it’s a lot more exciting.
If you do find yourself alone late at night catching Pokemon at MRU, don’t forget to sign in at the security desk. On the note of security, let’s try to not abuse the Safe Walk program as it’s designed for people looking to stay safe at night. There’s no need to bug security to be your gaming buddy.
Being careful around lures late and night and always keeping an eye on your surroundings are key elements to happy gaming. For a full list of tips to playing it safe on campus, check out the MRU Security blog.