The calm before the storm

It is unusually quiet on campus right now. For the first time in years, there is a two-week break between Intersession and Summer I so few students are to be found.

Parking lots are so empty that there is time for the parking and transportation office to repaint the worn lines marking the spaces. The Student Center downstairs looks like a ghost town. But go upstairs and it is a different matter as the new Center for Student Excellence nears completion.

It is not the only construction going on as the new complex on the west side of campus, Legacy Park, is starting to reveal just how beautiful an addition to campus it will be upon completion in August. Meanwhile, new apartments being added to the Village are going up on the east side. And in the center between the two, Allen Hall is getting a facelift.  For Physical Resources, summer is anything but their slow time.

The lack of students on campus won’t last long. Alongside summer sessions, the campus bustles with activity all summer long. Arkansas Special Olympics starts Thursday followed by Girls State on Sunday. There will be sports camps, Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre performances, four sessions of Honors Symposium, three Uplift sessions, National Leadership Forum, Honor Choir, Pharmacy Camp and more!

Want to learn more? Go to for a complete list of activities.

In the few days remaining, I’ll enjoy not hunting for a parking space!

Tom Buterbaugh, editor/designer

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