Embrace Autumn at KU

By Ashley Fries

Campus trees during autumn                                        Photo by Ashley Fries, The Keystone
Campus trees during autumn Photo by Ashley Fries

It is that time of year again—autumn, we can truly see the wonders of nature unfold right before our eyes.

Sometimes we forget to take advantage of this wondrous season.

All the leaves are at their peak of changing color, making the trees otherworldly. We are all too busy to take notice. Just slow down, take a minute and breathe in the fall air. Look around at our beautiful campus, transformed, mostly unnoticed.

This weather is perfect for drinking hot beverages. Whether you like hot chocolate, cider or coffee, grab a cup and sit outside for a bit.

Walk around and try not to think about anything; relax and enjoy the weather, the beautiful sights and the serenity.

This season is perfect for other outdoor activities: frisbee, soccer, running, etc.

It is not so hot that you will sweat and not too terribly cold, either.

Now is the perfect time to go out and be active before winter comes.

This weather is also the perfect excuse to cuddle with someone in your favorite blanket and watch a good movie.

It is also the perfect excuse to read a good book, either inside or outside.

Furthermore, it is perfect weather for relaxing by a warm fire.

Whether it is by a campfire outside, or by the fire in the Fireside Lounge, there is something about staring at the warm flames dancing when it is cold outside.

In my opinion, fall is the best season. The crunch of leaves underfoot is music to my ears.

But there is so much more that happens in this season. For example, Halloween is just around the corner and the evidence is everywhere.

Decorations are up, and people are deciding on their costumes so they can go out and have a great time with friends.

Very popular Halloween activities are haunted houses. But, if you do not know what to do or cannot leave KU, there is still plenty to do on campus.

On Oct. 30 at 7 p.m., Allies is showing an interactive screening of “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” a cult classic film, in MSU 218.

Also on Oct. 30 at 8 p.m., there is a pumpkin carving social in the Multicultural Center 104.

Four pumpkin carvings. From left to right, cat, cat with wings, ghosts and zombie. Photo by Ashley Fries
Four pumpkin carvings. From left to right, cat, cat with wings, ghosts and zombie.
Photo by Ashley Fries

If you carve a pumpkin, be sure to take a picture and post it to The Keystone’s Facebook page at

The three students whose pumpkins get the most likes wins.

First place wins a $50 gift card. Second place wins a $25 gift card. Third place wins a $10 gift card.

Make sure you submit your photo for a chance to win.

Not sure what to do on Halloween? Go to Video Game Night on Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. in the MSU 218.

There will be casual gaming, a costume contest and tournaments for Mario Kart, Left for Dead, Skull Girls and more.

Look around—you are sure to find something to do. Fall is an extraordinary season that is often taken for granted.

Take a deep breath, relax and enjoy the moment before it is too late.

From The Keystone staff, we hope you all have a wonderful and safe Halloween!

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