Over Halloween weekend, like most of the Northeast, we here at Franklin and Marshall experienced a snowstorm. Area trees, a great number of which still had most of their foliage, became weeping willows under the additional weight of the early snow. This past Monday the temperature got as high as 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Students expecting cooler temperatures, became distracted with the prospect of stripping off their extra layers between classes.
This coming Thursday’s high temperature is projected to be a seasonally appropriate 47 degrees Fahrenheit, which is sure to necessitate the return of those items that were so happily discarded on Monday.
While the temperature has been in flux, the general decor of campus has maintained a certain level of seasonal appropriateness. What’s left of the leaves on campus trees are continuing to turn red, orange or yellow before they descend to Earth to be kicked around on the ground by students shuffling from place to place. The sun is setting earlier and earlier so that headlights are needed by 4:30pm.
Even though campus looks right for the time of year, in my experience these couple weeks between the end of Daylight Savings and Thanksgiving Break always feel a little odd. Students going through sun withdrawal seem to get antsy when it looks like 11pm outside but its only 6pm. We’re all looking forward to break, but we upperclassmen know that a lot of work awaits us upon our returns to Lancaster.
There is no escaping this period of “blah-ness” because it happens every year. It would just be nice if the weather didn’t throw 70 degree days at us to add insult to injury.