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Various and Sundry Wednesday

Today’s Daily Deac is a little bit of everything.  Stay with us as we meander through various and sundry notes and observations.

The weather is perfect today.  Sunny, nearly 80.  You’re warm if you stay in the sun, but you aren’t baking.  A walk across campus feels refreshing and not too hot (unless you are carrying a really heavy load in your backpack or messenger bag).

On the Quad around 11 am, there was an animated game of football being played by what looked like kids from late elementary school or early middle school.  They must be here for a field trip.  I must have seen them toward the end of their visit, because their teachers were lining them up to get a picture of them.  So imagine about 20-30 kids, all lined up in the walkway mid-Quad, Wait Chapel in the backdrop.  Evidently the cool colors for the youth of today is neon anything.  I saw lots of neon greens and oranges.

Even on a day like today, there were a fair number of students in the library.  My observation about the students I saw:  those who were sitting in the atrium at tables tended to have their laptops open and appeared to be working on them.  The students I saw peppered in random chairs in the stacks or other areas all seemed glued to their phones.  Now, I didn’t see the content of the atrium table laptop screens, so they could have been IMing their friends (rather than working), so filter that as you will.  I just found it curious that nearly all the students sitting in nooks and crannies were on phones vs. having their heads in a book.

WFU is in the news, as it often is.  I caught a glimpse of Inside Higher Ed, where there is an article about students seeking advice from campus chaplains on career direction.  Our own Andy Chan, Vice President for Personal and Career Development, is quoted in the article:  ”I think a lot of times, we get so focused on outcomes — do students have a job, do they go to grad school — that all the energy is focused just on what a student might be skilled at,” he said. “And sometimes that might take a student down a path that’s not the right fit for them as a person.”

There are some noteworthy athletic events coming up as well.  As seen on the WFU home page: “The No. 16 WFU field hockey team will host No. 1 UNC at Kentner Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 5 p.m. Enjoy free hot dogs, pom poms and buttons while supplies last. Wear black to black out the Tar Heels! Admission is free.”  Our field hockey team is amazing, and we really would love to see LOTS more black and gold than Carolina Blue.  So urge your students to support our Deacs.

Also from the home page: “The WFU men’s and women’s basketball teams will host their annual ‘Black & Gold Madness’ event on Friday, Oct. 24, in Reynolds Gymnasium. The event will follow WFU volleyball taking on Miami at 6 p.m. Both events are free.”  This is a really fun event, the first look at our basketball team.  Hopes are high among the Deacon faithful that Coach Manning will usher in a new era of greatness on the court.

Reminder too that Sweet Honey in the Rock will be on Thursday evening via the Secrest Artist Series.

Finally, I give you the fourth and final photo from our Unity and Respect campaign (and the other three to show the change from week to week).  This has been a meaningful way for campus members to gather and show their unity and respect for all.  I am rather sad it’s stopping, to tell you the truth.

This is a special campus, with special people who give so much to our students (and faculty and staff) every day.  I wish you all could know the folks in this picture.   I am so proud to work among them.

Together Tuesdays 1  Week one

 

 

 

 

 

together tuesdays 2  Week two

 

 

 

 

together tuesdays 3

Week three

 

 

 

 

unity and respect 4  Week four

 

 

 

- by Betsy Chapman

The Dogly Deac

Today was evidently the final day for the Unity and Respect picture on the steps of Wait Chapel.  In each of the four weeks we’ve been doing this photo, more and more folks showed up.  If you follow Wake Forest University on Facebook, you can see a really fun time lapse video of everyone arriving and lining up for the shot.

Sometime while we were either setting up to take the shot or chatting with folks afterwards, I noticed a student mid-Quad who had a dog on a leash.  Only the dog had broken free and was running just out of hand’s reach of the owner.  Dog owner was desperately trying to get a hold of the leash so the dog didn’t get away.  It only took a couple of jukes and jives and the owner was able to get a foot on the leash and stop the dog.

This got me thinking about dogs on campus.  Students miss their pets from home something awful (pets are not allowed in the residence halls unless they are service animals, I believe is the rule).  As I have said to many parents – your students can call/text/email you, but they can’t do that to the beloved family dog, unless maybe via Skype (and only if their dog is smart enough to respond to Skype).  

So whenever there is a dog around, people come out of the woodwork to pet the dog and get their animal fix.  Most of the time these dog moments are organic and not planned – some local person/nearby resident/faculty or staff member walking a dog across campus on a nice day.  Maybe it is one of the seniors living off campus who has a dog in his/her apartment and bringing it to campus for exercise.

10 7 dog 110 7 dpg 5There are a few more regular occurrences of dogs on campus.  One is our Communication professor, Allan Louden, who for as long as I have worked here has had the most beautiful and well-behaved Golden Retrievers.  Dr. Louden could put his previous dog at a ‘down’ and ‘stay’ outside of Benson and go in and have a leisurely lunch, and his dog would still be there afterwards. Amazing.  He lost his last dog, Miss Ming (for Wyoming), a year or so ago.   I saw him at the Thrive kick off in early September with a new dog, Glacier.  If you are lucky enough to be a Comm major, a Debater, or someone whose schedule is in sync with his, you can see and pet this beauty of a dog.

10 7 dog 610 7 dog 2We have also had service dogs on campus.  My favorite from many years ago was a beautiful yellow lab named Paul.  Paul had lost one of his canine teeth, and it had been replaced by a big silver one, which was a riot to see.  I saw a service dog the other day, a nice black lab.  Not sure if this is the one I saw, but I found a picture in our photo archive.

A semi-regular time to see dogs on campus is during finals (and maybe midterms too), campus groups host Puppies on the Quad, where the Humane Society brings dogs out for students to pet, and walk, and play with (and learn about adoption too, for those in a position to do so).  During Puppies on the Quad, the looks of glee and joy on students’ faces is amazing.

10 7 dog 3 10 7 dog 4And then there are the chance dogs – like the leash-dragger today.  There were a few dogs at Hit the Bricks last week, and I found pictures of them in the archive too.

I’m still holding out for a Take Your Dog to Work Day.  I bet student morale would soar :)

 

- by Betsy Chapman

 

 

 

 

Seen and Heard Around Campus

It was a crisp fall weekend, Deac families.  Very cool temperatures in the mornings, warming up in the afternoon to the 60s or maybe even 70, but it definitely feels like fall is coming.  Now, that’s not to say we won’t be back up to 80 by midweek as they are predicting, but at least for today and tomorrow it is low 70s and fall-like.

I was up at the center of campus at the start of the school day, and I’ll give you a few quick impressions of what I saw and heard.

- many of the students I saw walking to/from class were wearing sweatshirts or hoodies or light jackets.  There were a few people in short sleeves and shorts, and either those students are from chillier parts of the country (and our ‘cool weather’ is still ‘quite warm’ for them), or they did not check their weather app.

10 6 3- if you peeked into what had been Leighton Tennis Stadium, adjacent to Reynolds Gym, you would have seen that all the lights have been pulled down and there are big backhoes tearing up the courts.  The courts are being demolished to make way for the new two-story addition to Reynolds Gym.

- in case you missed the actual view of the backhoes, you knew they were there any time the equipment backed up, as you got the familiar-toned “BEEP! BEEP!” that comes whenever they hit Reverse.

10 6 4- the flower beds near Reynolda Hall look magnificent.  Lots of different types of flowers and tons of colors.  Over the weekend I saw frost on roofs near my neighborhood, so I am not sure how long these flowers will last before a hardier winter plant goes in those beds.

10 6 2- there are two great trees (maple, I think) near the left side of Reynolda if you are facing Reynolda from the Quad.  They turn the prettiest shades of orange and red in the fall.

10 6 5- I happened across this nice shot of the Chapel flanked by trees in the foreground.  I have no idea why the toilet paper is there.  We lost to Florida State in football over the weekend, so that clearly was not it.  It could be from an old roll too I suppose.

10 6 1- when I got back to Alumni Hall, one of my colleagues had brought out our Demon Deacon pumpkin.  If you are still the type to carve your own pumpkins and you are up for a challenge, might I humbly suggest you consider this design? ;)

Have a great week, Deac families!  And if you are the parent of a freshman, just a reminder that we do weekly messages just for you!  Visit the Information for First-Year Families page to see a weekly message that (we hope) might relate to your student’s experience.

Hit. The. Bricks.

Today is the big day.  Hit the Bricks is here and it is awesome!  If you check out the Quad Cam, the best place you can see students running is as they cross the front of Wait Chapel.  You can catch a glimpse on the far left near the arch.

There is also a ton of activity in the Quad grass.  There are tents set up, lawn chairs, sofas, banners.  Students throwing footballs to each other, or frisbees.  And along the sides of the walkway, student organizations have set up tables and stations, sometimes as the ‘trade off’ place for the key card that is being used this year to track laps.  Other times they are selling food.  Everywhere you look, there is something cool to see, or eat.

A nice thing is that there are a lot of positive vibes from the student tables as you walk or run by them.  Some one made a sign saying something like “GREAT JOB! KEEP GOING!” and it was a sight for sore eyes as I was struggling my way around.

Some of your kids, let me tell you, are remarkably fast.  Ridiculous even.  They are in the best shape of their lives, and it shows.  I had no idea when I was their age that I was in the best shape I might ever be in.  I hope your kids realize it!  To be able to run that many laps with a backpack full of sand and still look refreshed is a miracle.

All through the day, music is played on loudspeakers.  Upbeat, popular stuff.  Pharrell’s “Happy.”  They are playing some older stuff too – everything from Beyonce to the Beastie Boys to the Beatles.  “Baby you can drive my car…”  Some of the students on the sidelines are singing along to some of the songs, and for a while there was a girl dancing in a tutu on top of the wall mid-Quad.

Occasionally the music is interrupted when they make an announcement.  Certain points in the day you can get extra laps for doing something special: going a lap without your feet touching the ground (we saw scooters and bikes), and there was a wacky costume lap too. Supposedly at 4 there will be a Danny Manning lap (not sure what will happen there).  I happened to witness four ROTC cadets run a lap while carrying a fifth cadet on a stretcher.  That was Impressive.

It is super fun to see what all the students are doing, as well as the staff and faculty teams.  Some groups are wearing matching shirts, or have some identifying logo or color.  The truly competitive teams have a lot of strategies they use to win.  The one that looks to be the most effective is to have each team member sprint a lap, then pass the key card to the next guy or girl, and then you recover until the other nine team members have run and it’s your turn again.  Some of the more recreational teams divide it up in time slots.  I ran some (but mostly walked) for my adopted department of the Z Smith Reynolds Library in a 50 minute shift.  Every team’s gathering point has a person or two there to cheer you on as you go by – clapping, yelling encouragement, etc.

It is a day of terrific camaraderie and no small amount of sweat.  But it is one of those events where you know you are contributing to the Greater Good, and it is a gorgeous sunny day and it makes you feel glad to be alive.

htb 2014 2htb 2014 2I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t tired.  I am exhausted.  My shift was in the midday heat and it took a lot out of my Class of 1992 body.  So I am recovering at the tables outside of Subway, drinking some Gatorade at a shady table.  Here’s a couple of pics from my vantage point.

Great job to all our organizers, all the students, faculty, and staff who ran/walked.  And here’s to all the people we know and love who are fighting cancer.  May we find a cure and heal you all.

Hit the Bricks Is Tomorrow!

20111006bricks3846Tomorrow is one of my very, very favorite days on campus: Hit the Bricks.  The Events Calendar describes Hit the Bricks as follows:

“Hit the Bricks is a Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund philanthropy now in its 12th year. Relay teams of students, faculty and staff will walk and/or run on the brick pavers around Hearn Plaza to help raise awareness and funds to find a cure for cancer.

Engraved Bricks are awarded to the winning teams for 5 separate divisions. Food, music and games are presented throughout the 8 hours of the event.

20100930bricks3115All participants who are present at 7 pm will walk a final remembrance lap to honor those family and friends who have fought the good fight against cancer.”

There is a Hit the Bricks website where you can read more about the history of the event, rules and FAQ, etc.  But I will give you the scoop here as well.

There are teams of 10 runners, and the goal is to run (or walk) a lap around the Quad.  Each runner has a baton that gets scanned at a station once a lap, so there is an autotally of your team’s performance.  If you are a hardcore person with a strong back, you can run with a backpack that has (I believe) 15 lbs of sand in it, and you get two scans per lap.  (Many of our students have those strong young backs and can run with backpacks.  I myself cannot.)

20100930bricks7117The event starts at 11 am, and throughout the day there are speakers, music, breaks to award prizes, and a big leaderboard that gets updated regularly.  There is a lot of genteel competition between the teams.  Some are quite competitive – both student teams and faculty/staff teams – and there are some more recreational teams.

20091001bricks3916One of the great parts is that students come out all day and watch, even if they are not running.  Student organizations bring lawn chairs or even sofas out onto the Quad to cheer on their teams.  It is an amazing display of school spirit and unity in the fight against cancer.

I can’t think of anyone who has not had a friend, family member, or loved one affected by cancer.  This event helps honor those who have the disease, and the money raised goes to cancer research.  It’s a win for everyone.

20100930bricks2606I’d urge you tomorrow to keep the Quad Cam up in a browser window.  You won’t be able to see all of the action, but you can get a sense of what it is like.  There will be a walking lane and a running lane on the Quad, and at 7 pm there will be a final, silent lap to honor those we have lost to cancer (or who are dealing with the disease right now).  Normally after the last lap there are luminaries and a speech on the steps near Wait Chapel.  You won’t be able to hear it but you’ll be able to see it.

If your Deacs are running Hit the Bricks, kudos!  And if yours are not, urge them to go to the Quad sometime between 11 am-7 pm to soak in part of the camaraderie of the day.

PS – The Daily Deac will be part of the ZSR Library team.  I am not a good runner.  My mantra is “not fast, but not last.”  I’ll never be able to hang with these 18-22 year olds who are in the best shape of their life (or some of our competitive staff/faculty teams of real runners), but I’ll represent just the same.   My hope is to be able to do some updates from the Quad when I am not running.  If not, a recap the next day.

Go Deacs!

Back to Nice Temps

This started out as an extremely foggy day, but it quickly improved and the sun was not only out by 11 am, but it was downright hot if you stood outside for too long.  It is nice to have good weather again.

Fall is beginning to emerge on campus with clumps of reds and yellows appearing on trees.  We’re still probably a good 2 weeks before the colors start to get really amazing, and that is something to look forward to.  Every fall I am sure that fall is Wake’s prettiest season, and then when it comes to spring and summer, I think no, that one is the prettiest one.  It’s a good problem to have.  Basically everything but winter is pretty gorgeous.

There is a huge banner that hangs on the wall near the Manchester (aka Mag) Quad advertising flu shots.  It would be hard for your students to miss this sign – but just a reminder, Student Health has multiple options you can see here.

Some parents have been asking about Family Weekend game time.  It’s still not out – likely won’t be until 10 days before game time.  You can bookmark the Football Schedule web site, or we’ll post it when we know it.

together tuesdays 3Today at 11:50 was our Together Tuesdays, when any interested members of the campus community can come to Wait Chapel and stand for Unity and Respect.  The ranks are growing, as you can see here.  Today I saw what looked like some current students, which was nice.

Awareness – and a Bonus Five Senses

9 26  2This is a carry over from Friday, Deac families.  I was making my way back to my office following my observations in the ZSR Starbucks for Friday’s Five Senses post, and saw some signs and daffodils in Tribble Courtyard and on the Mag Quad (aka Manchester).  I was curious and stopped to read the signs.

The signs tell the story of September being National Suicide Awareness Month.  This is a subject near and dear to my heart.  One of my best Wake friends lost a spouse to suicide several years ago, and several of my most beloved Wake friends and family members have dealt with the illness that is clinical depression.

9 26 69 26 5It is good to see these signs out there.  While the statistics can be jarring, sad, and frightening, it is important to raise awareness and talk about these issues.

I was reading an article on Facebook last night about depression, and this line struck me: “Self-care is not gluttonous. I repeat to…everybody: SELF-CARE IS NOT GLUTTONOUS. It is mandatory for happy, healthy living. Do it. Seriously, do it.”

We are working so much on campus on Thrive and helping people maximize their wellbeing.  We just had the hugeThrive kickoff.  Seeing these signs, it seems like a great time to remind everyone that we have a terrific University Counseling Center that is there to see students, or concerned friends, etc.  They have a website with lots of good resources on it.  Self-care is not gluttonous.

And on the subject of Thrive and self-care, the Daily Deac is bringing you a bonus Five Senses (well, four senses really).  This time it is from the Meditation Group that takes place every M W and F from 8:00-8:25 am in the Interfaith Meditation Room (23 Reynolda Hall).  This is one of many options your students have to nurture their spiritual wellbeing.

I see…

- when I first walk in the room, I see square mats on the floor, with circular mats on top of them.

- benches along the walls for people who don’t wish to sit on the floor.

- a tall, Japanese style floor lamp.  It provides the only light in there, sort of a dim, amber light.

- shoes in piles.  You take your shoes off as you enter the room.

- new faces in the group, which is nice.  I am a novice, but it is nice to see some new folks taking advantage of this offering.  They appeared to be students.

- when the meditation starts, I close my eyes.  I see nothing for 25 minutes, just the blackness of closed eyes.

- at the very end, when the meditation is over, I see the others in the group as we form a semicircle facing each other.  We bow to each other.

 

I hear…

- the room is silent when I enter.  As people arrive, if they speak at all, it is in hushed tones.

- three tinny chimes of the meditation bell that signifies the start of the meditation period.

- the soft, gentle voice of the leader of the meditation.  He speaks some words to invite people to be present:  ”Breathing in, I calm my body. Breathing out, I smile.  Dwelling in the present moment.  I know this is a wonderful moment.”

- silence.  For the next 25 minutes, there is no speaking at all, only people breathing deeply.

- occasional breaks in the silence – the entrance doors to Reynolda Hall (which are nearby), open and shut.  I can hear workers in the food service loading dock (on the other side of the meditation room) talking to each other about deliveries.

- a low, buzzy electric hum is coming somewhere from the room, or the ceiling.  It sounds like an old fluorescent light and the hum that it makes.

- two tinny chimes of the meditation bell to signify the end of the meditation period.

 

I smell…

- incense.  There is one stick that is lit and it wafts through the room, occasionally reaching my nostrils.  It is not an overpowering smell.

 

I feel…

- a bit warm.  The room is tiny and there is not a ton of air circulating.

- peace.

- calm.

- the cushion against my back as I sit on the bench.

- my hands come together as we bow to each other at the end.

- cushions in my hand as we all work together to put away the cushions and stack them neatly so the room can be used by others later.

- better when I leave than when I did when I entered.  I feel calmer, happier, like I will be less inclined to be stressed today.  I feel more at peace with myself and the world.

- The present moment is a wonderful moment.

 

 

 

Five Senses of the ZSR Starbucks

It’s Black and Gold Friday in the Parent Programs office – and, we hope, with your family as well.  We encourage you to dress in black and gold colors or in WFU apparel every Friday to show your school spirit.  And because it’s Friday, we send you the reminder to talk to your students sometime today; if you forget why, here’s the reason.

9 26 3 Your students woke up today to this (see picture at right).  Overcast, needle-fine drizzle.  It’s not cold but not hot either.  Just sort of an icky day weatherwise.   The Daily Deac hadn’t done a Five Senses in a while, so this morning I strolled over to the ZSR Library and after taking a look around the stacks and the atrium (and seeing not a ton of activity), I decided to perch myself in Starbucks.

Here’s your Five Senses of ZSR Starbucks, 8:40-9:05 am.

I see…

-   all but two downstairs tables are occupied.

- one of my advisees.  Later, a second one comes in.  One of the two stops to chat with me, and I am happy to hear this advisee self-reports doing well in two difficult classes.

- all of the people seated downstairs are women, save one guy.

- lots of workout gear, sneakers, and rainjackets.  I’d say 90% of the female students are dressed on the grungy side.  I don’t mean unclean – they all look good – just very casual tshirts and exercise pants.

- one young woman in a very bright shirt-and-scarf combination.  The colors are very becoming on her.

- some guys finally trickling into the line to order.  Still, I see only one other guy that’s taken a seat downstairs.

- a girl in a cute dress.  Later I see a couple of girls come in jeans and dressier shirts.  I am starting to suspect that the workout clothes I am seeing are from women who have already been out and exercising and are grabbing coffee post-workout.

- surprisingly few ZSR staff in line.  They must have come prior to my arrival.

- two tables have students with open laptops.

- most guys dressed pretty casually.  One guy has a great pair of nautical looking shorts that I want to compliment but don’t.

- the line growing longer as it gets closer to 8:50 and people are trying to get to 9 am classes.

- a couple of people in earbuds as they walk through toward the exit.

- baristas filling empty milk gallons with steam to clean them out; presumably they will squash them to make the containers smaller for recycling.

- a tall, thin student holding his phone high.  Can’t tell if he is checking messages at an oddly high angle or taking a selfie.

- lots of splashes of hot pink as accessories on women – scarves, backpacks, coats, water bottles.

- one of my favorite baristas and one of my favorite managers.  They always knew my drink order and I loved being a regular.

 

I hear…

- the crackle of Starbuck’s pastry bags as they are being opened.

- ice cubes hitting the bottom of the plastic drink blender.

- the ssssfffffffttttttt sound of the coffee steamer being used.

- bits and pieces of conversation; occasional laughter; one student talking about the various counties near his hometown up north.

- the clickety-clickety of a girl’s fingers on her laptop as she types.

- laughter of a girl who is retelling a story about something that happened at lunch.  I can only hear snippets.

- the loud and metallic CLINK of the door as it latches as people walk out of it and leave it to close on its own.

- a long and lingering squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeak from the door in the back of Starbucks.  It needs oil or something.

- people greeting each other as they see friends in line or at tables.

- a nasal and tired sounding female voice telling her male companion “because I have a test in an HOUR!”

- the scrape of the wooden chairs across the tile floor as people sit down and scoot the chair in.

- soft and jazzy music.  I try to use the Shazam app to tell me what it is, but there is too much background noise.  It is reminiscent of Sade, but it isn’t her.

- favorite barista telling people “have a good day, baby!” as they get their drinks.  I swear, stuff like that always made my day as a student.

- same person telling students to watch out for the rain, because it’s ‘sick weather’ and they need to stay healthy.

 

I feel…

- hot.  I just hoofed it across campus and had to drop something off on the 8th floor of the library.  Heroically, I took the steps for exercise, and now I am sweaty.

- a merciful cool breeze as students walk by me on the way in or out of Starbucks. This does not happen nearly enough.

- another breeze (THANK YOU!)

 

I smell…

- coffee.  When I first arrive, it just smells like the generic Starbucks coffee smell.

- a much stronger smell of coffee as I am about to leave.  There have been a lot more students arriving the closer it gets to 9, and it smells like they have just opened a lot more bags of coffee.  (Strangely, I never heard them grind any, but there was definitely a stronger smell).

 

[No taste this time - I was too hot to drink a coffee]

 

There’s your Five Senses on a Friday morning.  I actually have a bonus Five Senses from another location, as well as some other pictures of campus, but since this post is long enough I’ll leave that as a teaser and bring it to you on Monday.

9 26 8I took this shot of the ZSR hallway as I exited.  There are a ton of places all over campus where they have these kinds of handouts.  Have a great weekend, Deac families!

 

Cold and Grey

The weather forecast has not been particularly reliable thus far.  We’ve had a couple of days that were supposed to be in the low 70s that struggled to get past the low 60s, and while we were not forecast for rain this morning, it’s been drizzly and gloomy and gray all day.

Took a stroll up to the North Dining Hall today for lunch.  Rumor has it that the students are referring to it as “New Pit” instead of whatever official name it was given.  This would be consistent with students still calling the Reynolda Hall cafeteria “The Pit” and not “The Fresh Food Company.”  I am a traditionalist, so it will always be The Pit to me.

Though the weather outside was dreary, North Dining Hall was nice.  Students were huddled up at the high tables or in booths, some studying, others eating.  I didn’t make it downstairs to Starbucks but I bet they were doing brisk business.  Cold grey weather tends to do that for us.

Here’s hoping for some sun tomorrow.

A Beautiful Night

I had reason to be on campus lastnight from around 6 pm to maybe 7:15 or so.  There was a spectacular, amazing sunset.  A great picture of it is available on the WF Parents Facebook page.  It was just a beautiful night to be outdoors.  The sunset was gold and pink and purple and glowing, and the light was constantly changing, making the sky prettier from one moment to the next.

You see a lot at night that you don’t see in the day.  I caught the intros to the women’s field hockey game (we beat Appalachian State 3-0).  There were not a ton of folks in the stands, so urge your students to come out and support our Deacs and Coach Averill and her staff!

On the Quad, there was a sign at Zick’s advertising specials each night – some food, some activities.  There were some students sitting in the grass reading, some coming and going to dinner.  Many seemed destined for the library as well.

I suspect that it didn’t get really busy and active until well after dark.  Our students are mostly nocturnal.

Hope they enjoyed the beautiful evening.