We hope that faculty, staff, administration, new, transfer and returning students have settled in comfortably. After two weeks of classes, and nearly the full gamut of Wisconsin weather, we at The Lawrentian have had time to take note of atmospheric changes on campus. Now that newcomers and upperclassmen are sharing most campus residences, the lack of communal space in densely populated dorms – such as the elimination of the five lounges from the upper floors of Colman – has implicit effects on campus programming. Fortunately, as a result, Colman’s first floor lounge is more popular than in previous years. However, we were disappointed to learn that these former lounges were assigned to freshmen in lieu of being offered to upperclassmen. A more pressing issue in campus life is the alarming presence of ambulances on weekends. Student hospitalizations due to excessive drinking are not unprecedented at Lawrence – a fact that makes them no less significant. Rather, we find it disturbing that hospitalizations are a recurring trend each fall term. Lawrence should recognize this issue’s relative permanency and research more effective methods of prevention and education. The academic environment has adapted well. Classes are being held in unusual spaces, including the Brokaw basement and the Buchanan Kiewit Recreation Center. Despite these hurdles, it is commendable that Lawrence has retained its characteristic small student-to-faculty ratio. Another space that has been affected is the Warch Campus Center. Bon Appétit is visibly strained. Andrew Commons is crowded and we suggest that students take advantage of the option to bring plates anywhere within the building – or to purchase a reusable green container and take meals on the go. We are looking forward to introducing the Class of 2014 to the many traditions and aspects of life at Lawrence. In light of these new conditions, we are more likely to cross paths with each other. We encourage students, faculty and staff to learn from these new interactions and perceive the campus from new angles.