Skipping class because it is too cold is not an option! Winter is upon us and this is a walking campus, so it’s time to get creative and seek out new sources of warmth for that long walk down middle path.
The temperature is dropping, the days are getting shorter, and every day I see more circular patches appearing on the sleeves of bulky, well-insulated jackets. That can only mean one thing:
Honk, honk, my friends. It’s Canada Goose season.
“You don’t KNOW winter,” an upperclassman said, this past September, “just WAIT until February, you’re in for a shock.” Every year, upperclassmen begin their interactions with first year students by telling them that February is going to be the worst thing they’ll ever experience. Fancy buzz words like “polar vortex” and “la niña” are thrown around, and soon enough first years begin to feel the pressure of the six feet of snow that loom ahead.
But it never came.
We have the privilege of going to a school known for its stunningly gorgeous campus. However during winter, we all seem to forget how beautiful this campus and complain about things like how cold it is outside. Well I say enough is enough! In order to prove to everyone how wonderful this campus is during February, the best month of the year, I went on a photojournalistic journey to capture unseen beauty on this campus, and you won’t believe the awe-striking things I found.
Yeah, I get it – it was 50 degrees over the weekend and there hasn’t been snow on the ground for over a week. Whatever, dude. It’s still winter. Need I remind you of the doom and gloom that is the entirety of February? Nestled in between the excitement of the new semester and the freedom that comes with spring break, these next four weeks will likely be nothing short of a cloudy, monotonous mess. Devoid of anything worth doing, it might be hard to find a reason to roll out of bed in the morning. Luckily, I’ve got you covered. Here are some things to look forward to.
- The cold embrace of death. The month will draw on for what seems like forever. In reality, it’s just your third hour on third floor Olin. What does the sun look like? Will winter ever end? We have no way of knowing – the only thing we know, the only absolute truth, is that someday our lives will end.
[Update 10:40 a.m.]: The college just announced that Peirce Hall, Gund Commons computer lab, and the Library will be closing at midnight on Thursday. The KAC will operate normally today, but will not reopen until 8 a.m. Friday morning.
For the second time in two years, extreme cold has prompted the college to offer a shuttle system to help students safely move about campus. While hordes of normal schools cancelled classes on Thursday, Kenyon has rolled out a philosophy of asceticism and has begun experimenting with the freezing point of human flesh. If your disgruntled and very chilly self does happen to make it beyond two steps of your dorm today or tomorrow, here’s the shuttle schedule: Continue reading