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Bowling and Billiards: Come to Class and Have a Ball

Posted on Nov, 28 2012

It’s a Saturday evening and you want to relax and hang out with friends. You head on over to the Memorial Union basement and decide to play a few games of bowling followed by shooting some pool. You’re having a great time! Now, imagine if you could do the same thing but get class credit for it. You can, through NDSU Distance and Continuing Education (DCE)!


Each semester DCE offers a billiards class (HNES 115) and a bowling class (HNES 116). These one-credit courses help students understand the basic rules of each sport, including how to keep score, as well as improving their skill by teaching proper techniques and forms. According to Jake Waldner, Coordinator of Recreation Center and Leisure Programs for NDSU’s Memorial Union and instructor for both courses, it does not matter if you consider yourself a professional in these sports or have never picked up a bowling ball or played a game of pool in your life. Waldner promises you will still learn something. “What we do at the beginning of each class is figure out your skill level,” explains Waldner. “If you have played before, I can teach you techniques. If you are beginner, we can start from scratch.”


If you find yourself enjoying the sports, there are opportunities outside of class for extra practice. The bowling alley and billiards area are open from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. during the week and are open until 1:00 a.m. on the weekends. An hour of bowling or billiards is only $3.25 for NDSU students, faculty, and staff, and only $5.25 for those not affiliated with NDSU. Additionally, Waldner helps manage a bowling league that students can join throughout the school year.


So if you want to take a break from your heavy course load and shoot some pool or knock down a few bowling pins, sign up for the billiards or bowling classes offered through DCE this semester and have a ball!