Bring on the heat?

By Whitney Johnson Jaquise Cofield
Photographers: Janel Walker, Makahla Hamilton, Jamari Baker, Justin Kearney
Editor: Sydnie LA Baker

Put away your mittens and earmuffs, warm weather has finally graced the campus of Hampton University. With temperatures rising to the low 80s, everyone seems to be in a brighter mood. With these erratic temperatures, however, the question is if this weather is really here to stay? This week alone, the campus is participating in a variety of outdoor activities, such as a water fight on Bemis Lawn. What price are we paying to enjoy this beautiful weather, and does anyone care to find out?

Scientists have noted 2012 as the warmest winter the country has experienced in an entire decade. Two-thirds of the United States has been abnormally warm, and global warming is, unfortunately, getting worse. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere will continue to increase unless our emissions begin to decrease substantially.

Furthermore, the effects of global warming include an increased average temperature on Earth, a raise in sea levels, and frequent destructive hurricanes and tornadoes. These changes will impact our supply of food, water, infrastructure, ecosystems and even our health.

"It's getting hotter every year, and it's messing up the climate balance that we are used to. The fact that it is 70 degrees in February is a problem," stated sophomore broadcast journalism major Meghan Kee.

It is obvious to see that we all have been looking forward to the warm weather, activities and longer days that spring brings. However, is the warm weather actually making our days shorter as a result of global warming? The human race must be careful for what they ask for because the warm weather could ultimately lead to a more crucial problem.

The writers are students at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

It's beginning to look a lot like spring

By Jasmine Goodwin, Lauren Woods, Sydnei Fryson, Danielle Ludlow, Kristyn Floyd, Chad Harris and Thomas Syrkett
Photo credit: Lauren Woods and Sydnei Fryson

Waking this morning Hampton University, students were excited to see the weather predictions were correct; after months and months of cold brutal weather, spring is finally here. Students have been praying for so long for weather that allows them to wear shorts and sandals, and today their prayers were answered. The sun is shining, skin is showing and spirits are high.

As students congregate around the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, they take in the rays of the sun and enjoy the feeling of well ... being outside!

"It feels great, the weather is great, spirits are high, and it brings about a good attitude," said sophomore and political science major, Daniel Brown.

However, while some feel productive and in high spirits, others find the weather contributing to their inner laziness. They find themselves hanging on the waterfront and in the Student Center catching up on the latest goings-on around campus.

Strategic communication major Ashley Hendricks chimed, in saying, "The weather brought about laziness, because everyone wants to be outside ... It makes me not want to go to class."

Now that spring is here, students are finally breaking the winter blues, and the campus is glowing. Enjoying the final weeks of the semester and the warm weather, students are full of cheer here at Hampton University because spring has finally arrived!

The writers are students at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.