Does the Right Thing
NEW BRUNSWICK—The unseasonably warm weather has cheered up many students who have been struggling through midterms this week. Some students have taken the opportunity to go outside, enjoy some fresh air, and frolic among the many construction sites on campus.
“I love the smell of sunshine and fresh air,” says freshman biology major Catherine Barnett. She then closed her eyes and took a deep breath of fresh air, all whilst standing on top of a mound of dirt on Busch campus surrounded by chain link fence and orange cones. “I am in love with this weather. The breeze feels lovely and it’s finally warm. It feels like spring!”
As the gentle breeze blew a fine, red-brown layer of dust from the incomplete construction project into Barnett’s hair, she pranced over to go and climb a nearby JCB tractor. According to Barnett, climbing trees has always been one of her favorite springtime activities. However, on a day as nice as this, she would happily settle for some heavy machinery that isn’t being used to construct anything.
“It’s supposed to be nice all week,” Barnett says, tapping her shoes together to knock off the thin layer of caked on clay. “I’ll probably be out here with friends all week! Tomorrow, we’re going to throw the frisbee around all those industrial pumps and piping equipment. I can’t wait!”
All over campus, students are sharing similar stories of warm-weather joy while they play on unused construction equipment. Rutgers planning officials are optimistic that the construction sites will be around for students to enjoy for years to come.