Spring weather proves to be a challenge for parties and outdoor activities at Miami

On Friday, Apr. 8, there was rain. Saturday came adding wind to the drizzle just to precede a Sunday of warmth and sunshine.

Then, a week later, it snowed.

Unpredictable springtime weather in Oxford was exemplified by snowfall on April 18 – roughly one month into the spring season. As a result, some Miami staff and students have noticed a drop in the number of outdoor activities.

Nicholas Carter, a junior sports leadership and management major, determined the weather may affect the mood on campus. As a member of Alpha Chi Rho, he says this shift in weather may also have affected the turnout to his fraternity’s parties.

“We have seen numbers that correspond exactly to what we are looking for,” said Carter, “because people don’t necessarily want to come out in apparel that might not be suitable for how cold this weather has been. ”

Carter says the weather in Oxford hasn’t been as good this year compared to others ..

“If it’s not freezing cold, it’s usually really windy,” Carter said. “And if it’s not windy, it’s usually some sort of rain or sleet. We haven’t really gotten good luck with sunshine or even just a decent overcast. ”

Willie Gronau, a first-year business economics major, agreed the weather hasn’t been great this semester. A member of Beta Theta Pi since the beginning of the semester,

“A lot of the things we have been inside,” They wrote. “… I’m not a huge partier, so I don’t really go to many parties. With the recent weather, I just don’t see many ‘darties’ right now in Uptown. ”

Kimberly Vance, director of the Center for Student Engagement, Activities and Leadership, said Greek life may have shifted activities indoors given that COVID-19 restrictions were lifted.

“Last spring, things were so modified. There were still limitations, ”Vance said. “… I think that’s because they’re allowed to have things inside …

According to reports from the Oxford Police Department (OPD), 56 underage drinking citations were given from the Jan. 1, 2022 up until the week of April 11 – April 17, Double double the violations from Jan. 1 up until the same time in 2019.

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The number of OPD issued civil offense citations, which includes noise and litter violations, dropped to 75 from Jan. 1 up until the week of April 11 – April 17 in 2022 compared to 107 from Jan. 1 up until the same time in 2019.

While such statistics do not explicitly indicate partying, OPD Police Chief John Jones said that the police encountered one.

Jones said bad weather not only drives down the number of outdoor activities but also police activities.

“When it’s nice out, you have more outdoor parties,” Jones said, “… the police will usually get calls about… folks to call in or complain about it. ”

Jones said OPD’s noise ordinances may apply civil offense citations. The citation is a common one given to parties.

“I think that, for example, there are many crime groups, which include noise, litter… and then there are nuisance parties … shutting the party down. ”

Vance said noise ordinance tickets, instead of bad weather, may discourage day parties.

“If you think there’s a reduction in the number of daytime parties,” he said, “it might be more about noise ordinances and good neighbor policy … than it is weather.”

The activities are not planned in advance, such as formals,

“I don’t think the weather has stopped programming,” Vance said. “… Some impromptu things can’t have happened because the weather’s been nasty and people just didn’t want to be outside.”

When the weather is warm and sunny, however, Carter said he and his friends welcome the change.

“We’ll all have an impromptu host session,” Carter said, “where we all meet and do something, whether it’s indoors or outdoors. Having that during the week isn’t ideal, but it’s definitely nice to see a better trend overall. ”



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