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Beware the Boot!

By Lee Weiland and Lucy Foster
On February 25, 2012

Fact. Furman students are in dire need of an explanation for this school we love to call home. This is a brand new column that will do just that. We hope to point out those quirks about Furman that you hate to love and love to hate. You know what we mean: think fire alarms in the middle of the night, pledges, and those uncomfortable tables in the back of the DH. So sit back and relax in your favorite JBD study chair and prepare to laugh a lot about the comings and goings of Furman that make it so peculiar but oh so loveable.

Lets get down to business. As you might have noticed, the weather has taken a turn for the worst. Naturally the first thing any bright young Furman student would do is find an easier, more comfortable way to get around in this cold weather. The chilly weather brings with it a whole new lifestyle for the Furman student: cue the Furman recluse. Sweatpants stay on for longer periods of time. The DH may seem a little less populated due to the sharp increase of students consuming ramen or hot pockets in the dorm. In the extreme case, some more acclimated to the Florida or Texas climate might not even make it to class in fear of the threatening chill.

However, we all know we can't stay in our dorm or apartment forever. We must get out! In the occasion when we do venture out, a car is an absolute must. With this increase in traffic on campus, there is a noticeable growth in "mishaps." You may be asking yourself what mishaps we're referencing. We're not here to discuss fender benders or vehicle larceny (check the "Crime Briefs" if you're interested in that info).

Looking around Furman's campus, you'll undoubtedly see fashionable Ugg boots, riding boots, and cowboy boots; however, you will also notice an unfashionable orange boot—the car boot. Statistics show us an inverse relationship between the car and boot: as weather worsens the car boot gets more usage. You might plan to zip over to the Pden, but alas, your car has been booted! Now, your schedule has been altered, you'll have to empty your wallet, and you'll have to do all of this in the cold—the very problem you were trying to avoid in the first place! Eventually the boot will come off, but the hassle you had to endure may not be worth it.

What can we learn from this situation? As many of us may have heard "boots were made for walking" not for car constriction. A good alternative to driving and parking illegally might be to bite the bullet and layer up. As our good friend Kelly Clarkson (soon to appear in our very own Timmons Arena) likes to say "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger!" 

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