Geometry Column

James Antony

In many situations, Wisconsin weather can be a true savior. Nothing rescues you from dull conversations on your way to the conservatory or library better than making a little comment about the good ol’ weather. Whether it’s raining, snowing, windy or wet, a sarcastic comment about Wisconsin’s bipolarity works like magic with the ladies. It can be that instant personality validity you seek with that special someone you have yet to connect with.
Then, when it’s beautiful outside, social inhibitions fade and judgment dissipates, wherein you can live ideally, like life on the dance floor. All those social relationships pent up by the solemnity of Winter Term come a-roaring back Spring Term. When combined with the awareness of upcoming graduation, “Oh no! Summer is coming,” and “I’ve waited too long already, I’ve got to ask,” this allows for plenty of other kind of relationships and activities as well.
In the last week the weather has traveled through the pleasant, clear and 70-degree days to one of the greatest downpours of rain I have ever witnessed, soaking people thoroughly in a matter of seconds. You may ask, does this not ruin Spring Term’s perfect reputation?
Never! Variability brings with it the spice of life! It lets you to stay in the know when making weather-related comments. Winter Term pounds down on you with snow, snow, snow, followed by a slight but unfulfilling raise in temperature, only to melt the snow, soak your shoes and freeze again.
But Spring Term brings flux, allowing us to live our lives in the exciting flux of the everlasting now! It is no wonder why it plays a fruitful host to relationships just as long-lasting, with emotions in similar fluctuation.
For these reasons, the weather can be as important to Lawrence’s social community as the first and second floors of the library.
Next time the weather changes, try not to let Douglas Adams’ great criticism of a human’s disposition towards blurting out the obvious perturb you and throw a something catchy out there like “Welcome to the Midwest.