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A Day in the Life of UVM: Oct. 20, 2015

It's just a regular Tuesday at UVM. But look a little closer -- knock on doors, stop passers-by, step onto practice fields and into classrooms, and wander down the hill -- and you'll see how much activity our community packs into a single day. Read on for more than 80 moments that capture the variety of endeavors and opportunities happening all around us each day at the University of Vermont.

6:12 a.m. University Green

Ia Allen

For more than 33,000 days, this statue of UVM's founder, Ira Allen, has presided over the University Green, part of the land he donated to create the university in 1791. Here's to another good day.

6:31 a.m. Davis Center loading dock

Kyle Warner

Davis Center employee Kyle Warren washes compost bins after the daily compost pickup.

6:58 a.m. Lamoille River, Milton, Vermont

Crew on the river

UVM Crew heads back into the dock, with the coach's launch trailing behind, after a practice that began at 5:45 a.m.

7:11 a.m. Forbush Natatorium

Vermont swimmer Diane Brown

Vermont swimmer Diane Brown hits the pool for practice. On the agenda: sprints, laps and take-off.

7:27 a.m. Davis Center

students studying at hte Davis Center

Juniors Addie Gamliel (left) and Hayley Loughlin got started studying before the lights were even turned on at the Davis Center. Why the early start? “So. Much. Work,” Gamliel says. Loughlin has a pharmacology exam at 10, Gamliel a 10-page paper due, exams and lacrosse practice. They’re poised to grab coffee when the Marketplace opens at 8.

7:47 a.m. Edmunds Elementary School, Burlington

student teacher

Olivia Stranberg heads into Edmunds School for her final capstone student-teaching internship under the tutelage of fourth-grade teacher Paul Houchens.

7:47 a.m. Outside Patrick-Forbush-Gutterson Athletic Complex

women's cross country

The women's cross country team wakes up with an early-morning run.

7:58 a.m. Virtue Field

lacrosse practice

Women's lacrosse makes warm-up drills fun.

8:04 a.m. East Avenue


Sunrise rugby.

8:13 a.m. UVM Rescue

UVM Rescue

Josh Perch, crew chief for the student-run UVM Rescue, cooks breakfast for driver Marshall Wallace at their East Avenue facility.

8:27 a.m. Gutterson

men's hockey

Vermont men's hockey goalie Pat Feeley takes shots from Tyler Gernhofer.

8:32 a.m. Gutterson

men's hockey

Electrician Tim Gingras works on the scoreboard lights.

8:41 a.m. Wellness Environment Residential Program


"Let's focus on being aware of your own knowledge, being able to self correct and be introspective. Come to complete calmness and stillness," Katie McNamara, UVM senior, says as she leads a mindfulness session with students Emily Johnston and Emily Carney.

9:02 a.m. Kalkin Hall

Kalkin Hall

Senior Dan Fahey works on a paper in the Grossman School of Business lab.

9:02 a.m. University Heights

Polaroid student

Old school photography: Tyler Fletcher, sophomore in studio art, takes a shot toward the Green Mountains with his "new" camera, a Polaroid 230 purchased for $12 off eBay. Tyler is currently a student in Peter Shellenberger's color photography class.

9:14 a.m. Spear Street

students walking

Seniors Cam Panepinto (left) and Steven Bellavance take the scenic route.

9:24 a.m. Clinical Simulation Laboratory, Given Building

Sim Lab

Standardized patient educator Bob Bolyard gets the exam rooms ready in the University of Vermont Clinical Simulation Laboratory for a day filled with clinical skills exams for first-year College of Medicine students who are completing the Human Structure and Function course. In just a few minutes, students will one-by-one enter the exam rooms, introduce themselves to their “patients,”  and complete a physical exam based on what the patient presents. Standardized patients are trained to not only play the role of patient, but to provide constructive feedback to students.

9:45 a.m. Morgan Horse Farm, Weybridge, Vermont

Morgan Horse Farm

Jamie Maguire (left), an apprentice, and Kim Demars, equine specialist, lead 5-month-old foal UVM X-finity and 8-year-old mare UVM Perlee on a short walk from the barn to the outdoor arena for some morning exercise.

9:55 a.m. Living/Learning

walk to class

Sidewalks fill up as students head to their 10 o'clocks.

10:02 a.m. Sweet Lady Jane, Church Street

Alison Zlotnick

Allison Zlotnick '16 is on the job at Church Street boutique Sweet Lady Jane. A senior Community Development and Applied Economics major bound for a career in the fashion industry, Allie wanted to add retail exposure to experience she's gained through internships with Marc Jacobs and Free People and study abroad focused on fashion during a semester in Milan.

10:07 a.m. Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory


This submarine is green. Technically it’s an ROV, for remotely operated underwater vehicle, and this one can see in the dark, under the waves of Lake Champlain — with a pair of infrared cameras on front. Tomorrow night, fisheries biologist Ellen Marsden and crew plan to launch the vehicle, looking for spawning lake trout. This morning, Steve Cluett, captain of UVM’s research vessel Melosira, makes sure the wiring is ready for the deep.

10:22 a.m. Living/Learning

Frank Nicosia class

Students Zoe Dubilier (left) and Jacqueline Diaz in Professor Frank Nicosia's Revolutionary Ideologies class. On the agenda for part of today's class: a visit from a College of Arts and Sciences staff member Lise Larose to talk with students about planning their spring semester courses.

10:32 a.m. Fleming Museum

Fleming museum

In the Fleming Museum of Art’s seminar room, professor Jane Kent displays prints from the Museum's permanent collection to help instruct students in her printmaking class.

10:33 a.m. Given Building, UVM College of Medicine

White Coat ceremony

Medical communications intern and undergrad student Kate Skinas ’16 affixes an Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine pin to the lapel of a white doctor’s coat in preparation for the College of Medicine Class of 2019 White Coat Ceremony this Friday, when first-year students are formally welcomed to the medical profession.

10:45 a.m. Davis Center

Legal Affairs conference

Leslie Gomez leads a presentation on "Trauma Informed Investigations" at the 25th Annual Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference.

10:46 a.m. Centennial Woods


"Chugga-chugga chugga-chugga, choo-choo!" Charlie invites friends in the UVM pre-school north class — "no monsters allowed" — to join him on his "super fast train." On the walk to the woods, which they visit weekly, teacher Naomi Trautmann says "Dramatic play scripts come to life there. Possibilities are endless in the woods; it is such an open-ended space." Students Blakely Gilmore, Morgan St. John, and Anna Martone assist teaching the class.

11:08 a.m. Miller Farm

Horse barn

Natalie Tocco, a junior in the EQUUS program, has a moment with one of the program horses, Devana, in the arena. Students in EQUUS exercise and manage program horses, perform barn duties, and make executive decisions associated with operating a horse boarding facility. It's especially popular with prevet majors like Natalie, who is now awaiting decisions from six veterinary schools. Last year, 26 UVM animal and veterinary sciences majors applied for admission to veterinary school -- all received acceptances.

11:28 a.m. (local time) Ireland


Rosalind Isquith, who's studying abroad at University College Dublin, says she's keeping up with her fall hiking -- "both as a study break and as a way to see my host country." It's not as steep as Camel's Hump or Mount Mansfield but the rolling hills keep her moving as the season changes.

11:42 a.m. Williams Hall

drawing class

Drawing I students at work on planar analysis drawings. "This is a fun one," says Professor Steve Budington. "They really need to dig into what they're seeing, erase and change things. It's very physical."

11:48 a.m. Davis Center


Rachel Bowanko, first-year anthropology major, prepares a Cheese Lousie -- cheddar, apples and maple mustard on whole grain -- at Feel Good, a student-run grilled cheese stand where profits help fight world hunger.

11:52 a.m. Davis Center atrium

LGBTQA tabling

Junior linguistics major Abi Harris is tabling on behalf of UVM's LGBTQA Center for asexual pride week. "A lot of people don't know that the 'A' stands for asexual," she says. "People think there's something wrong with them. We're here to let people know it's OK, and it's a thing."

12:05 p.m. Miller Farm

Miller Farm

Norm Purdie, faculty advisor for UVM’s CREAM program, chats with Kyle Mallory of the dairy equipment company DeLaval in the just-completed new teaching barn at the UVM’s Spear Street farm. Purdie was getting a tutorial on the high-tech equipment the company installed. Ribbon cutting for the new barn is next week, and students will move in in November. What’s new in the facility, which replaces the farm’s old teaching barn, built in the 1970s? “Everything,” Purdie says, adding, “It will never look this clean again.”

12:22 p.m. Career + Experience Hub

Hub alum

The Senior Series workshop – a monthly event that helps prepare soon-to-be-graduates for, gulp, life after UVM – attracted a capacity crowd to the hub’s conference room. What was the draw? The topic, "How to Market Yourself," with words of wisdom dispensed by Ben Bonaccio, social media marketing manager for Long Trail Brewing Company. Also, free pizza.

12:35 p.m. Proctor Maple Research Center

Maple research

Wade Bosley, a specialist at the UVM Proctor Maple Research Center, inspects a section of the 12,000 feet of main line installed earlier this year that will carry sap from a 40-acre area to the sugar house. Tomorrow Wade will deliver 105 gallons of syrup to campus for use in Sodexo's dining halls. Last season the center produced roughly 2,000 gallons of syrup.

12:43 p.m. Skinny Pancake, Living/Learning Center

Skinny Pancake

Digging in to lunch at campus' newest eatery: Burlington-based creperie Skinny Pancake.

12:58 p.m. Votey Hall


Members of Team AERO — Cullen Jemison, Matthew Rudgers, Newton Hausermann, and Alex Raff — troubleshoot their electric racing car. These engineering students built the car in UVM’s Votey Hall—and hope it brings home glory at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway next year.

1:05 p.m. Aiken Center

NR1 students

Walt Poleman's Natural Resources 1 class gatherers to depart for a field trip to the Champlain Islands to visit a fish hatchery and an apple orchard.

1:08 p.m. Waterman Building

Carmen Petrick class

Carmen Petrick Smith (second from right) and graduate assistant Diana Gonzalez (right) meet with undegrads on their research team. They're going over data they've collected at local elementary schools that tests the effectiveness of using body-based tasks to better teach angles and geometric shapes to kids.

1:12 p.m. Marsh Life Sciences

neuroscience lab student

Third-year neuroscience graduate student Riley St. Clair begins the process of separating proteins in a sample. With her mentor, Bryan Ballif, UVM associate professor of biology, she is studying cellular signaling pathways critical to neurodevelopment. She also works with Alicia Ebert, UVM assistant professor of biology, to study many of these same neurodevelopment pathways in zebrafish, which have many of the same protein structures as humans. “Zebrafish are excellent models for studying development -- they lay external eggs, and their embryos are transparent,” says St. Clair.

1:17 p.m. Central Campus


At the construction site for UVM’s new STEM complex, things are looking up. Two thirds of the foundation has been laid for the project’s first phase – the Innovation Building – and a forest of steel beams, growing higher by the week,  is sprouting from the concrete. Today, beams for the second story are swung into place by a crane operator. Next week: story three. Is the project on schedule for its May 2017 open date? “Absolutely,” says Ray Moran, senior superintendent for general contractor Pizzagalli. 

1:22 p.m. Votey Hall

App class

ModNod is the app. Senior Heath Hescock is one of inventors. He and his teammates present their idea to fellow classmates in professor Christian Skalka’s computer science course: CS275 Mobile Apps and Embedded Devices.

1:23 p.m. Mansfield House


Jeff Dinitz, professor of mathematics, prepares for his invited talk at January's meetings of the American Mathematical Society in Seattle. His talk, "Construction and Uses of Heffter Arrays," is part of a special session on combinatorial design theory. He intends to summarize four recent papers, including work with longtime friend, collaborator, and fellow UVM professor Dan Archdeacon, who passed away last February. Looking back on when Archdeacon proposed pursuing this thread together, Dinitz recalls his words, "Jeff, we're going to have way fun working on this."

1:30 p.m. Outside Patrick-Forbush-Gutterson Athletic Complex

Blood drive

"Scary, but rewarding," says Phoebe Peron '19 of Woodbury, Connecticut, giving blood for the first time at a Red Cross drive.

1:50 p.m. divvi, College Street

Rustin Nethercott, a PR and social media intern at divvi, a product recommendation app, has been excellent at articulating the vision of the tech start-up, according to its founder Richard Morin. "Students like Rustin and UVM have been awesome for the start-up community in Burlington," Morin says.

1:59 p.m. Aboard the RV Melosira, Lake Champlain


In 200 feet of lake water, doctoral student Brian O’Malley prepares to lower a sensor from the stern of UVM’s research boat, Melosira. He’s chasing after opossum shrimp — known to scientists as Mysis diluviana — with a laser-guided video camera. Mysis at the bottom of the lake, and near the bottom of the food web, migrate to surface — sometimes. But some stay deep. Why? “It’s a mystery,” O’Malley says; a mystery that has bearing on hungry fish, the health of the lake, and doctoral dissertations.

2:02 p.m. Waterman Building

President Sullivan and Thomas Gustafson

Before their half-hour meeting, Vice President Tom Gustafson and President Tom Sullivan step outside to take a look at towering construction cranes for the STEM project, new to the campus skyline. Gustafson figures that at 238 feet high they're currently among Vermont's taller structures. As for that meeting, the agenda includes updates on a search to fill a top UVM position, negotiations with the City of Burlington, and a research facility atop Mt. Mansfield, among other items.

2:15 p.m. Bailey/Howe Library


Midterms in swing, the first floor of Bailey/Howe's hopping.

2:20 p.m. JLT Towner Insurance Management, College Street

Student intern

Bryan Bathalon, a graduate student in the Master's of Accountancy program, prepares financial statements for clients at his internship at a Burlington insurance firm. "It has been great experience preparing for a job after graduation and for the CPA exam," he says.

2:28 p.m. Vermont Cynic Office

Cynic Office

Katie Hickey, junior, assistant editor of the Life section, and global studies major, talks about art possibilities for an upcoming story with assistant photo editor Cole Wangness, a junior business major.

2:30 p.m. UVM Admissions

Admissions staff

At Admissions, applications are rolling in for the UVM Class of 2020. Staffers meet to discuss.

2:33 p.m. Fleming Museum

Fleming Museum

Fleming Museum of Art student gallery attendant Catie Owen views a wood sculpture by artist Ria Blass featured in the museum’s current exhibition, In Grain: Contemporary Work in Wood.

2:44 p.m. Hills Building

bike shop

Benito Cecenas makes a fix on one of UVM Bikes' rental rides, well-loved bikes that rent for $30 per semester. The UVM Bikes HQ, in the basement of Hills, is a place for students to get their bikes fixed and learn how to do the work themselves. Some students like Cecenas and his pal Charles Mandel, working with him in the shop on Tuesday, are also members of the UVM Cycling team.

2:46 p.m. Outing Club

Outing Club

Molly Magnan '17 (Bethlehem, PA, elementary and special education major) and Steve Anderau '18 (Newton, CT, mechanical engineering) lead hiking trips for the UVMOC. They sharpened their guide skills in UVM's Wilderness Instructor Leadership Development (W.I.L.D.) program last spring. Equipment inspected and hung up after last weekend's trips will be out again in a few days on mountains and waterways across Vermont, New Hampshire and New York. This semester almost 1,000 students will participate in more than 70 trips led by the UVMOC. "Every weekend, all year - in the Greens, the Whites, the Adirondacks, we're out there."

2:50 p.m. Bernie Sanders Headquarters, Church Street

Bernie intern

"A lot of UVM students are behind Bernie for his views on the economy, environmental issues, and free college tuition," says Madeleine Moore, economics major. "It has been a lot of fun and very rewarding working for his campaign."

2:56 p.m. Fab Lab, Votey Hall

Fab Lab

“This? Yes, I made this,” says engineering student Emily Bolt ’17. “It’s a ring that could measure vibration.” Bolt is a student manager of UVM’s Fab Lab and happy to demonstrate the lab’s MakerBot replicators, laser cutters, and 3D printers. As for the ring — made here in collaboration with some computer science students — she points to the dangling wires. “Yeah,” she says, “we still have a ways to go.”

3 p.m. VCET@BTV

David Bradbury

David Bradbury '88, president of the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, a UVM partner, loosely presides over a group of 130+ member entrepreneurs -- like the ones behind him -- who use the organization's @BTV Main Street facility (and two others VCET operates) as a launch pad for their innovations.  

3:10 p.m. Rowell Hall

Physical Theraphy class

Physical therapy students in Professor Sharon Henry's Movement Science class discuss their analysis of how certain physical therapy exercises affect the knee joint.

3:12 p.m. Bailey/Howe Library

Dollar Enterprise students

On a crash course in entrepreneurship, students in the Dollar Enterprise class attempt to make a profit selling their wares on campus.

3:33 p.m. UVM Greenhouse


Sarah Daymon, Class of '06, drops off some of her plants to be wintered. She's trying to start her own greenhouse. "You gotta start with the plants," she says.

3:53 p.m. Jeffords Hall

lab shot

Students in a BioCore 11 lab work on an exercise involving gel electrophoresis.

4:02 p.m. Southwick Hall

Piano student

Charlie Parker -- "Yes, that's my real name" -- a junior environmental studies major and music minor, practices in an empty classroom in the music building.

4:02 p.m. Jeffords Hall

Jeffords Hall

Paliza Shrestha, doctoral student in plant and soil science, stays focused on her work despite the window view from her lab. She is in the midst of downloading transportation data from Burlington Public Works, which helps inform her research on stormwater run-off and water quality. A native of Nepal, Shrestha says Vermont reminds her of home. Gesturing to the Green Mountains out the window, she says she hiked Mount Mansfield on Sunday and adds, with a smile, that there was snow at the summit.

4:06 p.m. McClure 4, UVM Medical Center

clinical rotation

Third-year medical student Benjamin Albertson ’17 sits at a computer in the “fishbowl” on the fourth floor of the UVM Medical Center’s McClure building, entering notes into PRISM. He’s doing an inpatient internal medicine rotation as part of the third year of the Vermont Integrated Curriculum. Today’s a long one -- he spent the morning rounding on patients, and will be on-call during the afternoon and evening as patients are admitted.

4:43 p.m. ALANA Student Center

ALANA Student Center

Henrietta Paz-Amor (left), senior faculty development specialist for the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Bev Colston, director of the ALANA Student Center, talk about a new photo project they are developing after their meeting for the "Journey to Truth and Racial Healing," an effort to promote cross-racial conversations and community building.

4:45 p.m. King Street Center

King St Center

Downtown at the King Street Center, a community resource for Burlington kids, senior education major Kelly Harrington works with Burlington High School student Sulaiman Mauu on his social studies project on Argentina.

5:10 p.m. Honors College, University Heights North

Honors College

A round of singing "Happy Birthday" to a classmate is part of today's weekly tea and cookies gathering in the Honors College. Sawyer Woodland, a freshman in mechanical engineering, says the HColl helped draw him to UVM. Two months into school, he is pleased with his choice. Besides the obvious attraction of weekly cookies with fellow students and faculty, Woodland says he appreciates the fact that "there is always someone here smarter than me who I can ask questions." He motions over to his friend Ben Isenhart, his go-to guy on chemistry.

5:32 p.m. Redstone Campus


Charlotte Carr, sophomore global studies and Russian major, warms up before the women's Ultimate Frisbee practice begins.

5:54 p.m. WRUV, Davis Center


Tate Kamish, a.ka. "DJ Liz," host of "My Dog Is a Person, Too," every Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. on WRUV. "Everyone said you can be this, you can be that, and I'm so used to being called "Tater Tot" and "Taterade" that I decided I would use my middle name for my DJ name."

6:12 p.m. Career + Experience Hub, Davis Center

Hub entrepreneurship event

Rose Del Vecchio, co-founder of FanMail and an alumna and current graduate student, speaks on an alumni panel on entrepreneurship as part of a weekly alumni panel series hosted by the Career Center, with Holly Wilkinson, assistant director. To explain business to the group, she says: "It's by fangirls for fangirls." Subscribers receive hand-picked geek memorabilia each month in the mail.

6:15 p.m. Grasse Mount

Chatty Cats

Chatty Cats Calling. Five nights a week, from a cheery basement space in Grasse Mount, the UVM Foundation's Chatty Cats hit the phones to ask alumni and parents to support UVM. They make an astounding 350,000 calls annually and raise an equally impressive $500,000 a year, most of which goes to scholarship support for students. Their largest gift ever? Half a million dollars from an alumnus of the College of Medicine.

6:33 p.m. Old Mill

Old Mill

Night settles in on Old Mill.

7 p.m. Votey Hall

Design Your Life

Eugene Korsunskiy’s Design Your Life class transformed into a career fair on Tuesday night, with students taking turns playing the parts of employers and interviewees. “Remember, it’s a conversation,” he told students. “Keep your bullet points clear and don’t forget an ‘ask.’”

7:08 p.m. Living/Learning Center

drone flying

“I wanted to create a program to show the really cool side of technology,” says computer science major Brandon Goodwin ’18, flying this quadcopter. So he and other members of the Living/Learning Tech House put together an evening of Indoor Drone Flying. With about a dozen aircraft aloft in one darkened room, there were quite a few midair near-misses — and a lot of whooping and laughing. “They let us go where our legs can’t go,” Goodwin says — like the ceiling.

7:17 p.m. Athletic Complex


Ballet Viridis, a student club, warms up at the opening of evening practice. Colby Cayton (second from right) is a senior sociology major who initiated forming the ballet club two years ago. It has grown to 17 members united by their love of dance. Ballet Viridis is preparing for a January performance, and they recently hosted a dance workshop for local children with disabilities.

7:19 p.m. Harris Millis

Harris Millis

Dinner time at Harris Millis.

7:20 p.m. Harris Millis

Harris Millis

And outside, a student accepts a pizza delivery.

7:23 p.m. Athletic Campus


A long boarder cruises in between the University Heights residence halls.

7:26 p.m. Waterman Building


Bernice Garnett, assistant professor of education, teaches graduate students the art of mixing quantitative and qualitative data in her Mixed Methods Research course.

7:35 p.m. Centennial Field

Flag football

Flag football under the lights.

7:37 p.m. Catholic Center

Catholic Center

Evening mass.

7:58 p.m. Uncommon Grounds, Church Street

Uncommon Grounds

A clean, well-lighted place and an essay to write for Chinese government class. Craig Mitchell, senior in political science, gets down to work, a good cup of coffee for inspiration. His subject — the implications of President Xi Jinping's recent visit to the United States. 

8:02 p.m. Outside Ira Allen

John Dewey grave

It's the birthday of John Dewey, celebrated American philosopher and UVM alumnus (that's the Class of 1879), whose grave occupies a quiet corner of campus to the north of Ira Allen Chapel. Among his many quotable thoughts: "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself."

8:13 p.m. Royall Tyler Theatre


The cast of Marat/Sade rehearses. The play premieres at Royall Tyler Nov. 5.

8:19 p.m. Bailey/Howe Library


Students watch a projection of social media posts shared with the #UVMDITL hashtag.

9 p.m. Huber House


Haley Creamer, sophomore neuroscience major, argues for the opposition during a practice debate on the use of genetic modification in humans.

9:30 p.m. Living/Learning

Pottery Studio

It’s brightly lit and meditative during open studio hours at the Living/Learning Pottery Coop. “We were asked to make something facetious,” says sophomore Caroline Trevarrow. “So I’m making a chalice.” A member of Clay House, Trevarrow smiles as she reaches into a yellow bucket, then returns her fingers to the mesmerizing mass of glistening mud.

10:26 p.m. Patrick Gym, Dance Studio


“Every time you step, your weight is going with that step,” shouts Maggie Rodgers ’17. “One and two and three and four,” calls Masaun Nelson ’16. They’re the instructors for introductory salsa dancing — an evening offering from SASS, the UVM Salsa and Swing Society.  Watching the roomful of hips and snappy high heels, the two teachers seem to be doing a very good job. “Thursday is intermediate,” Rodgers says — and Saturday is a dance, “with the best Latin DJ in Burlington,” Nelson says. “It’s going to be sick.”

11:09 p.m. Patrick Gym, Multipurpose Turf Field

softball players

Club softball practice over, three friends — Emme O’Rourke ‘17, Sandra Pinis ’19, and Emily Ringquist ‘17 — linger to chat. “We’re talking about school and stress,” says Ringquist. How do they manage it? By talking to each other, they explain. “And through softball,” she says.

11:57 p.m. Bailey/Howe Library

library studying

It’s 11:57. The statistics homework is due at midnight. So junior Brett Perisho calculates, and sophomore Molly Ogden works the laptop. They’re hammering on a group problem for Stats 141, “and we’re dating,” Ogden says. The night librarian sweeps by. “About two minutes til close,” he announces. From what a reporter can glean, the problem involves the probability that various people will contract a disease relative to the probability they have water. “Wait, who are we trying to find?” Perisho asks. There’s a flurry of final calculations. Ogden successfully hits send. “We’re now closed,” the librarian says.