Spring weather proves to be a challenge for parties and outdoor activities in Miami
On Friday April 8, it rained. Saturday added wind to the drizzle just to precede a hot and sunny Sunday.
Then, a week later, it snowed.
The unpredictable spring weather in Oxford was illustrated by snowfall on April 18 – around a 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 student, thinks the weather can affect the mood on campus. As a member of Alpha Chi Rho, he says the change in weather may also have affected attendance at his fraternity’s parties.
“We haven’t seen numbers that are exactly what we’re looking for,” Carter said, “because people don’t necessarily want to go out for themes that involve them wearing clothes that might not be suitable for the cold temperature. the weather has been.
Carter said the weather in Oxford hasn’t been as nice this year compared to others.
“If it’s not freezing cold, it’s usually pretty windy,” Carter said. “And if there’s no wind, it’s usually some kind of rain or sleet. We weren’t really lucky with sun or even just decent cover.
First-year business economics student Willie Gronau admitted that the weather hasn’t been great this semester. A member of Beta Theta Pi since the start of the semester, Gronau said he hasn’t seen too many daytime parties, otherwise known as “darties.”
“A lot of things we do have been indoors,” Gronau said. “…I’m not a big party person, so I don’t really go to a lot of parties. With the recent weather, I just don’t see many “darties” in Uptown right now.
Kimberly Vance, director of the Center for Student Engagement, Activities and Leadership, said Greek Life may have moved activities indoors as COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.
“Last spring things changed so much. There were still limits,” Vance said. “…I think because they’re allowed to have things inside…that maybe more things happened inside when the weather was bad instead of so much outside. outside.”
According to Oxford Police Department (OPD) reports, 56 underage drinking citations were issued from January 1, 2022 through the week of April 11 to April 17, nearly double the violations of the January 1 until the same time in 2019.
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The number of civil offense citations issued by the OPD, which includes noise and litter violations, fell to 75 from January 1 through the week of April 11 through April 17 in 2022, from 107 from January 1 until the same period in 2019.
While these statistics don’t explicitly point to the party, OPD Police Chief John Jones said the aforementioned categories of citations could indicate police encountered one.
Jones said bad weather not only reduced the number of outdoor activities, but also police activity.
“When the weather is nice you have more outdoor parties,” Jones said, “…which the police will usually get calls for…As the weather gets colder and pushes people inside if they don’t want no parties… it’s less likely to cause people to call or complain about it.
Jones said OPD noise ordinances can be citations for civil offenses. The summons is a common summons given to the parties.
“I think, for party evidence,” Jones said, “the typical citations we have of our citations are civil offense citations, which include noise, litter…and then there are harmful parties …is when a party has accumulated several violations and we are closing the party.
Vance said noise ordinance tickets, instead of bad weather, can discourage one-day parties.
“If you think there’s a decrease in the number of daytime parties,” Vance said, “maybe it’s more about noise ordinances and good neighbor policy … than the weather report.”
Vance said the weather may not have affected pre-planned activities, such as ceremonies, as much as more spontaneous events.
“I don’t think the weather has stopped scheduling,” Vance said. “…Some impromptu things may not have happened because the weather was bad 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 welcome session,” Carter said, “where we’ll all get together and do something fun all together, whether it’s inside or outside. Having that during the week isn’t ideal, but participating when the weather is really nice definitely sees a better trend overall.