La Verne Magazine
"The University of La Verne: A Day in the Life"
3 p.m.-6 p.m.:
Taking a Break in the Day
by Melissa A. Collett
photography by Shelby Wertz
Working on an assignment in Ruth Trotter's Art Experience class in the
Art Building, junior Jill Seaton concentrates on a shading assignment on
a hot afternoon.
At first glance, the campus is picture perfect. The trees are blooming
with beautiful purple flowers, and crows roam the grass in front of Miller
Students pepper the campus, sitting on benches in the shade, talking
and gesturing, studying at the tables in front of the Wilson Library and
walking to and from buildings clad in backpacks. There is an occasional
outburst of students laughing, catching the attention of others around.
The University of La Verne from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. is in the very beginning
of a closing day. Most commuter students have already gone home. As morning
cars begin to leave, student athletes take over the extra parking spaces,
making CAPA students search. The second rush of cars for parking spots has
In the weight room, men watch themselves in the mirror as they strain
their muscles lifting weights. And sitting at a desk while doing her work
study job is freshman Katie Holmes, daydreaming through the tinted window
that looks toward the Student Center. Holmes is in the weight room for about
as many hours a week as some of the guys working out; yet her mind is on
In the Student Center, a group of male students gathers around a pool
table, shooting a quick game of 8 ball before heading into the locker room
to change for football practice. Upstairs, almost unnoticed, are sophomores
Jennifer Spring and Jaime Corley practicing free throws for the upcoming
At the Oaks residence hall, junior Aaron Carlin drags his feet along
the sidewalk making a loud shuffling noise heard over the noise of wind
and traffic. Carlin is on his way to his dorm room to take a nap. "Cross
country takes a lot of energy out of you, and if I don't sleep now, I'll
sleep in class," said Carlin.
Ruth Trotter's Art 100 class, contains the same afternoon sulkiness
as the students work on shading projects using pencils. Students Stacy Lucas,
Jill Seaton and Ellen Maietta quietly share a table, each working at her
own pace. The huge art building overwhelms their quietness as the relaxing
flutter of the fans keeps a Casablanca peace.
In the Associated Student Forum (ASF) office sits a lone figure at the
computer. Freshman forum member Allison Evans is making letters to send
out to clubs for Homecoming. "We don't have a band," says Evans,
"and people are putting in floats that have nothing to do with the
This is a quiet time for La Verne. Gone are the rushed activities of
morning classes and lunchtime.
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