Natural disasters, soccer are a hit with freshman

By Paul Harris

Two days into his freshman year, Nate Day has been to every one of his classes and already has a favorite.

Day, who has participated in natural disaster clean-ups in Alabama and other parts of the United States, has found a great fit with Natural Disasters, which is offered in the Department of Geology. The class, held in Danforth Chapel, has about 160 students, but Day said Prof. Keith Miller is able to keep them entertained despite the large audience.

“The teacher is really funny, crazy and cool,” said Day. “He has a good time.”

Day says his approach to classwork has not changed after taking in all his classes at least once: If he attends and does all of the work, then none of them should pose too much of a threat. He did not have any homework Tuesday night, so he was able to spend part of the evening playing soccer.

He had to cut that fun short earlier then expected, though. The K-State women’s club team forced Day and his buddies off the field to practice.

Day said the soccer field has given him a chance to stay in shape while meeting people.

The men’s club team has played around with Day and his buddies after they are done practicing.

“They are really cool guys,” Day said.

Day and his roommate have even organized a soccer group.

There was one casualty.  “I convinced my buddy to go with me,” Day said. “He was kicking a soccer ball barefoot and then he fractured his leg in three places. So, now he has to walk around on crutches.

Despite the accident, Day said he is looking forward to playing other intramural sports and was going to head to the rec in the near future to scout out possible intramural opportunities.

Having his soccer game cut short pushed Day back in to his dorm room for an early night’s sleep. But the air conditioning in his room still was not working properly, making falling asleep a bit more difficult.

“I went back to my dorm room and tried to go to bed at 10 (p.m.), but I couldn’t get to sleep,” Day said.

According to the West Hall front desk, a maintenance order has been sent in to help repair the air conditioning unit. She said all of the building’s air conditioning units work, but some work less well than others.

Day said the hot conditions forced him over to another friend’s house. He and his roommate suggested in jest that they sleep in the union. He said that with today’s temperatures around 97 degrees, he might sleep at his friend’s house again tonight. The overnight low will drop down to a more comfortable 62 degrees.

While the lack of air conditioning has been aggravating, Day said he has really enjoyed his time on campus.  He has been most surprised by the diversity of interests.

“So many people are so passionate about so many things,” said Day. “Everyone has something they are passionate about it, and then they find people that are passionate about the same thing and organize a group. I’ll be playing soccer and right next to me there will be people doing taekwondo.”

Day said he is going to take a break from soccer tonight to rest up for his class tomorrow.

“I’ve got an early class (9:30 a.m.) so I’m just going to chill and watch television,” he said.

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