It’s February at Stony Brook University, and students are feeling the cold. With impressive winter weather events striking Long Island Sunday into Monday for the past three consecutive weeks, there have been class cancellations, car accidents and other winter-related problems on campus. But, according to some students–namely, those that reside on campus–there’s also been a bit of fun. Edmundo Welker, 21, a computer science major who resides in the University’s Cardoza College dormitory, says that he likes to embrace the winter. According to Welker, many of the University’s residents enjoy sledding and initiating snowball fights after big snow storms. Igloo-building is another popular winter on-campus winter activity, said Welker. Ice skating on Roth Pond, however, is not. “I wouldn’t recommend it,” said Welker.
Other students cope with the cold by consuming their favorite winter foods and beverages. Though in most cases this means a hot bowl of soup or cup of tea, there are some students who down cold cuisine to help acclimate their bodies to the elements. Brian Nguyen, 20, a biomedical engineering major who lives in the William Mount College dormitory, said his favorite winter drink is Starbuck’s Green Tea Créme Frappuccino. “I’m just not a coffee guy,” said Nguyen. “The coldness of the drink doesn’t really bother me. I just really love green tea.” Nguyen, like Welker, said that he likes to spend time outside in the cold. “I have a hat and gloves,” he said. “Winter is only part of the year, so it’s not too bad to deal with it for a few months.”
Other Stony Brook University residents are less-than-enthusiastic about this winter’s 30-plus inches of total snowfall and bone-chilling temperatures. Health science and psychology double-major Saara Jessani, 21, a resident of the Wagner College dormitory, said that winter is her least-favorite time of the year. “Walking to class in the snow and ice is a drag,” said Jessani. “When it’s cold like this, I’m either at Starbucks, in class or sleeping.”