SU students enjoy the last few days of warm weather

The weather is nice ... for now

Students capitalize on the warm start to fall semester by hanging out on the Quad and around campus.
Published: September 12, 2021 | Updated: September 15th, 2021 at 1:17 am

After over a year of pandemic stress and virtual schooling, Syracuse University students can finally do what they love most: play outside! Bouncy houses, slip-n-slides, makeshift DJ booths, and more have appeared on campus throughout the first few weeks of the semester, and students couldn’t be happier. While the warm weather pays campus a brief visit, students and faculty alike are doing the most to celebrate in-person activities and the last rays of the summer sun.

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Everyone familiar with the area can attest to the fleetingness of warm weather in Syracuse. Students and faculty alike are attuned to this ephemerality and are making the most of the beautiful weather being graced to the campus over the past week.

The school’s vaccination and mask mandates have meant that students can feel a bit more comfortable being around one another, and, in combination with the sunny dispositions caused by the extra vitamin D, the Quad-goers are capitalizing on the warm weather and clear skies.

Students park on benches, the steps of Hendricks Chapel, and blankets laid out in the grass to get work done and be together out in the fresh air. “Since there are about three weeks of nice weather during the school year in Syracuse, it almost pains me to stay inside during those days,” says Alex Battaglia, a newspaper and online journalism junior. On Tuesday, Sept.7, she, like many other students, had class outside.

While the pandemic has meant community members having to get a bit creative with how they can safely enjoy the campus, students have made the most of their ability to be outside and socially distanced. From a quick lunch break under a tree to entire classes held outdoors, SU is making every last bit of its sunny skies count.

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Students and faculty walk outside of the Hall of Languages building on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.
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Graduate student Seif Hejazine studies on the steps of Carnegie Library between classes on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.
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Sophomores Kaity Mattia (left) and Liv Potter (right) relax between classes on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.
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Lucas Fox and Sal Dedona walk to class on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Dedona said it is "refreshing" to be back on campus.
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Students Hongyu Liu, Keming Chen, and Grace Zhang sanitize their hands before eating lunch on the Quad on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.
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Freshman computer science major Namani Berryman overlooks the Quad from Hendricks Chapel.

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Kia Riccio studies outside in the Orange Grove on Tuesday, September 7th.

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Freshman broadcast and digital journalism major Finn Lincoln enjoys a shady spot on the Quad.
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Syracuse freshman and economics major Alex Yang studies on a bench outside of Huntington Beard Crouse.
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A professor teaches a class outside across from the Shaffer Art Building on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.
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Freshman Cooper Knoll enjoys the weather during his first weeks on campus on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.
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Students sit on the steps of Carnegie Library during the second week of classes on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.
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Students Maya Barbosa, Athena Myers, and Rachel Cramer enjoy warm weather while studying on the Quad. "It feels good to be somewhat back to normal," said Cramer, who spent the last year studying remotely, on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.
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is a newspaper and online journalism major with a political science minor and a special interest in economics.