It doesn’t smell like snow – and those of you in snow-prone areas know there is a distinct smell in the air when snow is coming – but boy it sure looks like it could snow at any minute. Yesterday was sunny and nearly 70, today is 40 but feels like 35 with wind chill and is gray and dreary. There’s no nice way to say it – the weather is just gross today. Hopefully the intermittent mist will end in time for the Lighting of the Quad tonight.
Speaking of the holidays, if your Deacs are looking for some easy holiday gift-buying for family members, we are holding our annual Artisan’s Fair on Friday in room 401 of the Benson Center. Your students may not have any idea that an administrator or faculty member they know is also an accomplished artist, baker, jewelry maker, or seamstress (seamster for men?) – but on Friday they can browse the various offerings. It’s always a great spread for gifts – or even if they just want to buy themselves a treat.
A couple of other activities on campus that bear mentioning. Tomorrow (Weds.) at 11 am the Divinity School is hosting Ferguson: A Discussion on Race, Justice, and Hope for the Future. The Women’s Center will host The Water Cooler at 4:30, an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to gather; this coffee and conversation hour happens weekly. There is an Orchestra concert tomorrow night at 7:30 as well.
One final note about campus doings tomorrow. At 4 pm, the campus is invited to join Gender Equality Allies for a photo project in solidarity with survivors of sexual assault on college campuses. The Daily Deac covered a lot of the ‘Together Tuesdays’ pictures earlier in the semester, and these sort of group photos/awareness raising can be powerful moments. I hope your students will join me there. There is also an important message on our News page about sexual assault that I hope you will read.
– by Betsy Chapman