One week Manhattan is a quiet place with more parking spaces than parkers. The next week one can’t buy a parking space. For folks who haven’t been out on the street lately, the “next week” has arrived.
Several thousand Kansas State University students moved into the university’s residence halls over the weekend, adding their numbers to the students who are permanent residents of our fair city and those who moved into apartments Aug.1.
The weekend throng came none too soon: classes started this morning.
And although we won’t for a second suggest that class isn’t important, it’s just one of a host of activities students are encouraged to participate in this week — including Friday night’s season-opening football game against North Dakota State University.
Today, for instance — and appropriately — is Wildcat Welcome Day. It will be celebrated a number of ways, including at the Alumni Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Other events, such as the “Info Oasis” and student assistance booths, operate most of the day on campus.
Among activities Tuesday are Ag WOW and, at the Bosco Student Plaza, the 17th Street Fair. Wednesday will bring Where in the World is Willie? — a bit of world trivia courtesy of the Study Abroad Office; the Backyard BBQ and the Mid-Week Meltdown, an occasion for Call Hall ice cream.
Activities, some academic, others recreational, continue through Sept. 3, when the College of Agriculture hosts a watermelon feed.
University leaders are starting the school year off wisely. Events such as Welcome Week make students — some of whom haven’t learned their way around campus yet — feel not just welcomed but that their comfort and success are important. It’s one of the ways K-State separates itself from so many other universities and helps explain why KSU students are among the happiest college students in America.
We join the university in welcoming KSU students, and we hope that once they settle in, they’ll share some of their energy and talents with businesses and organizations in Manhattan as well as on campus.
Local businesses are valuable sources of goods and services as well as part-time employment, whether students need the income to pay for books or simply for pizza.
Likewise, local nonprofit organizations offer students a variety of opportunities to help other people and to make this community — or the world — a little more livable. Not only will helping others be satisfying, it can lead to lasting friendships.
We wish students a challenging and successful school year, and we look forward to getting better acquainted in the months to come.