By Maggie Fipps
One of the seminal moments for freshmen Cedarville students is the class picture. Crowded together, usually separated from your friends and standing next to that random kid from your Sting group, you squint into the sunlight as Dr. White directs you to smile at the camera.
As enrollment swelled, Cedarville extended not only the backdrop of the iconic class picture but also the backdrop for building community as they extended the lakeside patio onto Cedar Lake, creating events to bring students together.
“CU at the Patio” is a chance for students to take a study break and relax, whether in a competitive game of ping pong or by slinging sandbags at cornhole boards. Campus Experience wants students to utilize the space to connect with friends and enjoy the outdoors while the fleeting Ohio sunlight is still around.
“It was a nice sunny day, me and my roommate were walking by and said, ‘We should play cornhole,’” said Molly Miller, a sophomore Biblical Studies major. “We saw all the games and it looked fun.”
Although her roommate beat her in a hard-fought match, they still had a great time.
“CU at the Patio” will pop up randomly throughout the semester, a pleasant surprise for students who need to get out of the dungeon of the library and enjoy the outdoors. It represents Cedarville’s heart for students to not only pursue their degree but also pursue authentic community.
“CU at the Patio is what Cedarville is all about, bringing people in from all different places,” Miller said. “It’s good for the soul.”
Be on the lookout for yard games, food and fun at the Lakeside Patio, you might just have the chance to cream your roommate at cornhole.
Maggie Fipps is a junior Journalism student and the Editor in Chief at Cedars. She enjoys playing the piano and thrifting, and you may spot her around campus sporting Packers gear head to toe.
Photo by Julia Mumford