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[Feb. 23rd, 2008|08:04 pm]
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Hi there. I'm applying to graduate school here at Northern Iowa. I have two questions about the general area.

First, how much do I need to depend upon a car to move around Cedar Falls? Is everything very spread out? The reason I ask is I'm handicapped; I can't drive.

Second, does anyone know about the gaming culture in the area? This would include Waterloo I suppose. But since Cedar Falls looks like a college town type of place, I was hoping it might have a nice gaming community.

Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: tjoppelt
2008-02-24 02:10 am (UTC)
UNI's campus isn't really that spread out. Most everything is in the same area, with the exception of a couple of buildings.

They have a campus shuttle that goes around campus and most of the off-campus apartment complexes, although I'm not sure how much it goes out into the community. UNI is a fairly handicap-friendly campus (my roommate my sophomore year was physically challenged).

I'm not sure about the gaming, though. What kind of gaming are you into?
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[User Picture]From: rechan
2008-02-24 02:14 am (UTC)
I was actually asking how accessable the city of Cedar Falls is. I figured the campus was reasonable. :) (Unless Cedar Falls is basically the UNI campus, at which point I am mistaken).

Tabletop RPGs, basically.
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[User Picture]From: jayj79
2008-02-24 02:43 am (UTC)
For accessability of CF, I can't really say. There are some business (bars, restaurants, a Kwik Star convenience store that has a little bit of grocery items and misc. stuff) within a couple blocks of campus. But the closest full grocery store is HyVee by College Square mall, which is about a mile away. And the closest Walmart is about 3 miles away. But there are city busses that run to both those locations.

As far as gaming, it's been years since I've been involved in that, but there is a comic/gaming store about 2 miles from campus (and not too far from the mall/grocery store):
http://www.thecoreonline.com/info.php

Back when I was active in that stuff, they had plenty of collectible card games, roleplaying games, and the like. And they would hold gaming nights and they might be able to help you connect with any other players of your particular games.

I know back in the day, there was a group that gathered in Maucker Union (on the UNI campus) weekly to play various games. But I have no idea if that still happens.
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[User Picture]From: rechan
2008-02-24 02:49 am (UTC)
Thanks. I appreciate the response. :)
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[User Picture]From: mugwii
2008-02-24 07:56 am (UTC)
The previous responces are pretty much saying what I would... city buses would take you to the mall and Wal-Mart for sure.

Gaming... I know it greatly depends on where the people are living. Rider Hall used to have a LOT of gamers in it who would play DND. But I don't know if that still goes on (it was about 2 years ago). Facebook has/had a gaming community... here's a link to the one I knew of. Not sure what all they do now, but it might be a helpful direction for you to head into.

http://uni.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2201832017

Good luck!
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[User Picture]From: rechan
2008-02-24 08:04 am (UTC)
Thanks. I appreciate it. :)
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[User Picture]From: mugwii
2008-02-24 08:09 am (UTC)
No problem. :)
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[User Picture]From: rawbery79
2008-02-24 04:30 pm (UTC)
The metro area is pretty spread out between Waterloo and Cedar Falls, and until they get our new Target built, if you want that, you're stuck going to Waterloo. It's not the best bus system--the one in Ames is better--but it does the job, I suppose.

And there's a fair number of handicapped people here, so we're pretty handicap friendly. What program are you applying to?

Edited at 2008-02-24 04:30 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: rechan
2008-02-24 06:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, I assumed that the campus itself was assisting, I just wanted to know about the city around the campus.

I'm applying to the Social program with the Psychology department.
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