End of summer

End of summer

Sep 30
Richard Vogen, Director, Planning and Research Development
  
Last week, the autumnal equinox marked the change of season from summer to fall. But aside from some of the distracting background noises of budget woes and controversies, this has been a pretty fabulous start to the fall semester. What a beautiful September it has been, and I wish it would stay this way. Students are outside in droves, the air is warm and balmy, the grass is still lush and green, and we even got to see the super moon in full eclipse. Slowly, almost imperceptibly, from day to day, the changes of fall are coming though. On the drive into Champaign-Urbana, farmers are rapidly mowing through harvest fields, and soon the vistas will be clear of tall corn stalks. On campus, the outdoor swimming season has finally come to an end, too bad, because it’s still warm enough. And as the air becomes a little brisker, and the leaves begin to fall, fewer souls will be enjoying the fresh air. But enjoy this present moment—the University of Illinois is an inviting spot on the planet during this extraordinary time of the year.
End of summer