The Rain Around Campus




Rain, Rain, and More Rain

Oh, the places the rain will go, and today, it’s in Atlanta in heavy numbers. For the past month, the 26” of rain has been a constant thorn in our side by canceling sports, causing flooding, and making the walk to Turner, a miserable trudge. And with more rain still to come, what does it have in store for us in the next week or so?

What makes Westminster so iconic is the fact that we have a lot of land and outdoor space to exercise and work. But for students, going outside usually involves everyday things, such as walking to Turner for P.E. and sports (which are heavily affected by the rain), or walking to Malone to eat lunch, and even playing outside during recess.

And even though we can put on coats and whatnot, the rain makes these trivial tasks, much more frustrating. As Ms. Williams says, ‘the rain makes it much harder for her to pick up her children because they are constantly getting wet or jumping in puddles and it adds more stress to her day.’

However, from a teacher and student perspective, it doesn’t imply any effect on us at all. Since we don’t go outside that often, the rain is more of an annoyance than a major problem, as George J. says, “It is not currently affecting any of my activities.”

Even though the rain doesn’t affect us on campus that much, there are still other things happening on campus right now. The biggest of them is the new construction happening outside of Clarkson and Campbell Hall.

As our Director of Campus Facilities, Mr. Panchuk explains how the rain makes this project very hard, “It is very hard to dig and move dirt. You are moving a lot of water in the dirt, which is pointless. You can’t compact it when it is wet, thus you can’t build anything on top of it. Also heavy rains will fill up foundation trenches with mud and silt. That will have to be excavated out of that trench again.”

And even though the rain has already made things hard enough as it is, the rains also add another layer of danger to an already dangerous project. “Heavy rains can erode the construction site (roads made out of dirt) and it becomes dangerous or impassible.”

Although this may seem like a great amount, I have just barely scratched the surface of what the rain is doing to life around campus. Since there are so many different jobs and activities on our campus, who knows how else the rain is affecting daily life. I’m Max Panchuk with the WildcatPressXpress, see you next time.