The sun is shining, the birds are singing and we’re stuck in classrooms.
There are only a limited number of nice days every semester and many students want to take advantage of them, as is evident by the shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops. However, class takes up a major part of many students’ days, so they longingly gaze out the open window of their classroom, wishing to be on the other side of it. Maybe it’s just me, but when the weather is nice, I’d much rather be outside than in.
Fortunately, there is a built-in convenience that the UNK campus offers that is not being used enough. The outdoor classroom/amphitheater between the Fine Arts Building and the Library/Mitchell Center offers an outdoor environment with great acoustics and plentiful seating. It’s a short walk from any of the East campus buildings, which is convenient for teachers who feel up for an hour in the sun.
Obviously there are some classes that require a classroom setting for technological purposes but this isn’t always the case. I’ve had loads of class periods where it would have been a perfect opportunity to go outside but it very rarely happens. Of the six semesters I have been a student at UNK, I have gone to the amphitheater once for an entire class (a political science class) and once for a short performance (Shakespeare literature). I feel like it’s not being taken advantage of. I’ve seen campus tour guides telling people about it and I just feel like telling the people they’re talking to they probably won’t have class there very often.