The University of Connecticut, like any campus, is a hotspot for people of different backgrounds and culture to gather while furthering their education. At a campus as large as the Storrs campus, which spans over 3,000 acres, students are exposed to many different sites and sounds that make this campus unique.
One area that is constantly populated by UConn’s student body is Fairfield Way. Fairfield Way is a constant hub of traffic, as it serves as an unofficial campus center. Students and faculty are constantly walking through the area as they carry on personal conversations, listen to speakers stationed along the street, and enjoy the sales of local food such as Faddy’s Donuts.
Another area where there is constant action is one of the University’s 19 residential housing areas. Roughly 75% of UConn’s undergraduate population lives in on-campus housing, which turns these areas into a center for student activity. During the spring, students can be seen playing volleyball, basketball, and many other sports on one of the area’s many fields or facilities. Birds can be heard chirping, music is blasting, and UConn’s famous wind can make even the hottest day feel cool. Whether it’s throwing a Frisbee with friends, or laying out for a tan on the quad, students take full of advantage of their residential areas.
Spring also brings about new seasons for the sports teams that UConn is so passionate about. The UConn baseball team is in contention for a Big East title, and is always supported by the student fan group, The K9 Unit. The softball team is currently hovering around .500, as they hope for a strong end to their Big East Campaign. UConn is also currently fielding Golf, Women’s Lacrosse, and Track and Field teams that are all hoping to finish the season on a high note as UConn heads towards a new conference. Finally, the UConn football team has recently held its spring practice, leaving fans with a look at next season, which features the “best home schedule ever.”
UConn also offers a variety of other activities for those who aren’t interested in sports, including shows, movie nights, and the most popular, concerts. SUBOG has recruited artists such as Alesso and Childish Gambino, but students were excited for April’s spring concert, which featured rapper Kendrick Lamar and DJ Steve Aoki. While many students felt that the ticketing process snubbed them, Gampel Pavillion was packed as UConn danced and sang along to songs such as “Backseat Freestyle” and “Turbulence”.
Finally, UConn was treated to something that it had only seen 7 times previously: a women’s basketball national championship. The UConn Huskies, led by legendary coach Geno Auriemma and Freshman superstar Brianna Stewart, dismantled conference rivals Louisville in the championship game, winning by an outstanding 33 points. UConn’s students took to Gampel Pavillion to watch the game, and celebrated in true UConn fashion, belting out “We Are the Champions” while storming the Gampel floor. The party then moved to Fairfield Way, where a DJ booth and light show greeted students ready to celebrate their school’s accomplishment.
The University of Connecticut is home to roughly 17,000 undergraduates, each of which brings a unique sound to campus. Whether a student can be heard cheering on their Huskies at a sporting event, or just talking on their way to class, every student contributes to the sound of UConn., and no time makes this more apparent than lovely spring time in Storrs.
By Ryan Tolmich
As spring semester comes to a close, University of Connecticut freshmen reflect on their first year of college and give advice and tips to incoming freshmen.
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Springing From Storrs: RunUC
This is Frantzer Michel. He just completed his first semester of the UConn ROTC program. Franz, as he’s known to his friends, is a freshman from Norwalk Connecticut. He began participating in the ROTC program at the beginning of the spring semester.
ROTC stands for Reserve Officer Training Corps, and it is a program begun by the US military after World War I. It allows students to simultaneously enroll in college, while working towards commissioning as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army.
His favorite part of the program is the feeling he gets after completing a tough task like climbing a robe wall or getting through an obstacle, and finds some way to motivate his squad. His least favorite part of course, is waking up at 0500 every morning.
If he stays with the program for the rest of his college career, he will commission in May 2016 as a 2nd Lieutenant. He’ll be given command of a platoon of up to 30 soldiers. From there, he could decide to make a 20 year career out of the Army as he hopes to do.