Snow, Bitter Cold for Start of Spring Semester at Rhode Island College
A thin coating of snow and bitter cold temperatures greeted students returning from winter break for the first day of classes at Rhode Island College yesterday.
Most were bundled in heavy coats, warm hats and gloves as they rushed from building to building, though a few hearty souls were spotted in the quad wearing shorts and sweatshirts despite the frigid temperatures.
Long lines were the order of the day: a line of traffic inched along College Road; a line of students waited to get identification cards at the Student Union; and longer lines formed at the cash registers in the jam-packed bookstore, where even the mannequin sported a winter cap.
But most students didn’t seem to mind, since it gave them a chance to reconnect with friends and classmates. Some said they were even looking forward to their classes.
“It‘s going to be a good semester,” said Jonathan Cooper, a freshman. “All of my classes start after 10. I get to sleep in.”
RIC freshman Jonathon Cooper
Several professors said they also look forward to the start of classes, even though it makes for a busy day.
“Today is all about the students – helping them find what they need, helping them get started,” said Glenison De Oliverira, professor of physical sciences.
All told, the first day of classes went smoothly, said Ronald Pitt, vice president for academic affairs. “It is exciting every semester to see students return to campus. The energy and liveliness that come with the students is amazing. I hope all of our students and faculty are off to a good start, cold weather notwithstanding.”