Warm Temperatures spring onto campus
As the temperatures rise, Marshall University students and staff are removing layers and leaving the classroom and heading to the plaza to enjoy some sunshine.
The week began with temperatures ranging from the mid to high 70s. Today, temperatures hit a high of 83 degrees during the afternoon hours.
Students made the decision this morning to pull out the summer clothes and put on flips flops, dresses and shorts.
Stephanie Davis, a senior criminal justice major, was wearing cowboy boots and a strapless sundress today, and said she was excited to see the temperature was up when she got ready for class.
“I was standing in front of my closet today, looking at sweaters and hoodies,” Davis said.
Like many other students searching for something to wear, Davis had to find her summer clothes in storage this morning.
Adam Blankenship, a junior engineering major, said it is much easier to warm up than cool down.
“You can walk around naked and be hot in the summer, but you just have to put on more clothes to be comfortable when it’s cold outside,” Blankenship said. “I can’t even wear sleeves without dying from a heat stroke.”
A variety of students are also stepping outdoors ready to take part in activities that they love. Some are ready for horseback riding while others are pointing their cameras to snap a few pictures.
Chrissy Pauley, a junior education major, focused in on the flowers blooming on a tree outside James E. Morrow Library.
Despite the bees swarming, Pauley has taken quite well to the warm weather.
“We can finally walk on campus without big coats and heavy boots,” Pauley said. “It just feels so nice to be able to be outside.”
Though some people are not as excited about the weather, there are others much more used to temperatures much more intense than 80 degrees.
Blankenship said he would rather it be cold all year round. Besides being able to ski, he said cold weather has much more to offer.
“I like the way snow looks, honestly,” Blankenship said. “It adds something to the scenery. I don’t care about flowers, so warm weather doesn’t provide any visual for me.”
Senior criminal justice major, Adam Lucas, said he loves being able to enjoy the warm weather even if all his summer clothes are back in his hometown of Grafton, W.Va.
“I was over in Iraq in 2009 and this was all I was used to,” Lucas said. “When I see snowflakes, I’m like crud.”
Karen Collinsworth is the supervisor of the campus Starbucks. She was seen outside enjoying her break.
“I’m loving it, digging it actually,” Collinsworth said. “It feels great outside.”
Collinsworth said it had been a busy day in Starbucks despite the heat inside the coffee shop. Sales on cold drinks, such as iced coffees and teas had increased by at least 20 percent.
A few Marshall professors were seen taking their classes outside to soak up the sun while learning the day’s lesson. Many students were also sitting on the grass across campus reading or listening to music.
Ross Gardiner, a sophomore political science major, worked on homework outside before his next class. He said he loves being outside and being able to enjoy this type of weather.
“I can tolerate 85 degrees,” Gardiner said. “I’ll still be outside as long as there is a nice breeze going.”
The high for tomorrow is expected to be in the mid 80s. Forecasts predict that a cold front will pass over later in the week and bring temperatures in the high 50s on Friday and Saturday.
“I’ll be prepared for the cold for sure,” Gardiner said. “I can adapt pretty easily.”
Caitlin Kinder-Munday can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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