In the past week, students have been seen jumping, hopping or skipping to class. Now professors, don’t get too excited. The reason for this humorous arrival to class is simply to avoid stepping on the multitude of worms that cover the campus sidewalk after the spring rain. For some, this rain has been long awaited with the promise of warmer weather on its way. Others may not find it as appealing because with the rain comes mud, and with mud comes the endless struggle to keep white Converse clean.
No matter what a student’s opinion on the rain is, it is inevitable that with the emerging worms, so too arise students from their dens. Hibernation is over. The sun is finally shining on the walk to 7:45 classes.
“I’m thankful I don’t have to wake up at four in the morning anymore to the sound of snow plows outside my window,” Emma Meyers said. “Instead I get birds chirping each morning!”
The green is now crawling with students playing a variety of lawn games. Whiffle ball, ultimate frisbee and gennis are some of the top favorites for students.
“I love how intense ultimate frisbee can get,” Hana Berry said. “That feeling of full on sprinting and diving to catch a long pass is just the best.”
The green isn’t only used for athletic activities. Along with these games, students can also be found enjoying a relaxing day in a hammock sleeping or reading a book. Ben Patzlaff spends his time on the green doing one of his favorite things: playing music.
“I love, love spring,” Patzlaff said. “I can take my guitar out on the green, Will Norris can join me with some drums, maybe even Lincoln Morris on the saxophone. It’s fun to just jam for a while. Anyone is welcome to join. I most definitely feel community when I do this.”
With only five weeks of classes left, the procrastination levels are high. NW students are coming together to enjoy their final days on campus out on the green playing games, studying and building the infamous community.
“When you spend the day out on the green, it gives you the perfect taste of summer,” Morgan Boroviak said. “Although I’m excited for school to be done, I will be sad to leave all my friends and the community that is built every spring on the green.”