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Top Tips for Walking Around in the Winter

Winter at Bates makes the campus look gorgeous, but it also makes walking around sort of dangerous. There are so many ways to get hurt while you’re trying to get from class to class or on your way to Commons or heading to your SO’s room for some snuggling. Here are a few tips for avoiding injury this semester when it’s icy and snowy on campus.

1. Stay home. You can’t get hurt on the ice if you’re not on the ice. Bundle up in blankets, make a cup of cocoa (check out this article for ways to make it taste even yummier), and hibernate for the next 2-4 months.

2. Borrow a pair of snowshoes or skis from the Outing Club’s E-Room and make going to class your participation in the winter sports scene at Bates.

3. Find 16 dogs and a sled and recreate the Iditarod as you head to PGill. A bonus of this option is that you then have 16 dogs to cuddle with and keep you warm at night.

4. Buy a snowmobile with a few of your closest friends.

5. Get a Zamboni and when the winter’s over, donate it to the Bates Athletic Department.

6. Skate on the black ice on your way to your dorm.

7. Pay someone to carry you around, on their back in a BabyBjörn if you must but ideally in a bridal carry (flowers and tux not optional).

Rachel Minkovitz is a senior at Bates College double majoring in Psychology and French and Francophone Studies. She spends a lot of time listening to music, hanging out with friends, reading and writing, advocating for social justice, and looking for furry animals. 
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