All around campus, the bitter chill of winter has receded, and in its place, the warmth and beauty of summer. As temperatures reached a staggering 80 degrees Sunday, students took advantage of the beautiful weather all across campus.
They dusted off their Frisbees, strung up their ENO hammocks and took the opportunity to bask in the sunlight.
ENOs have become very popular on campus. It is nearly impossible to walk down Pedestrian Walkway or stroll through Presidential Court on a pretty day without seeing at least one student lounging in a hammock, doing homework or listening to music.
For those searching for the perfect place to set up their ENO, several locations across campus offer places to do so. ENOers are most often seen in clumps around the Humanities Building, hanging from the small trees next to the Clarence Brown Theatre or in Presidential Court. However, the best spots can be found through exploration.
Kylee Haynes, a sophomore in art, chose to string her ENO between two trees near HSS and Art and Architecture.
"I actually like to try out different spots and see which one's best," she said. "This is definitely becoming one of my favorites."
Samantha Wicker, a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences, said she also enjoys ENOing when the weather is awesome.
"I love to relax in my hammock and hang out with friends," she said.
However, ENOing is not the only past time students have embraced. Groups of students can be found across campus throwing a football around or partaking in a game of Ultimate Frisbee.
Adam Bani, Fernando Munoz and Brandon Fraley are some such students. They enjoyed their weekend by throwing a Frisbee between them in the Humanities Amphitheater.
They all had suggestions for what to do when faced with a beautiful day.
"Hiking, Frisbee, just laying out here in the courtyard, pretty much," said Fraley, a freshman in human resource management.
Bani, also a freshman studying political science, added a few activities to the list.
"Swimming, just sitting outside, laying down, sleeping," Bani said. "I don't know, even just walking around."
And there are numerous places to walk. Knoxville boasts seven parks in its Downtown area, according to outdoorknoxville.com. These include Krutch Park, Tyson Park, World's Fair Park and Volunteer Landing Park, which contains the Neyland Greenway.
When Haynes was asked what she would prefer to do on such a beautiful day, she replied with "go outside and play sports, or rock climb, or ENO, obviously."
There is one thing that constantly gets in the way of students and their favorite activities: homework. Some students don't let that prevent them from enjoying the day, however. Instead, they simply do their homework outside.
"I love doing my homework outside. I guess it's easier," Wicker said. "When the weather is awesome it really energizes me."
While maybe not the most efficient place to study, Haynes said it was definitely the most enjoyable.
"I would say it's the most relaxing way to do homework," Haynes said. "The best way would be in the library because you can focus. I think it definitely helps not to be stressed, for sure."
The University of Tennessee Outdoor Program (UTOP) offers a variety of activities for those looking to take their love for the outdoors outside of campus and downtown. They offer weekly activities such as Beginner Mountain Biking and Kayaking, according to their website. They also put on special trips, such as star gazing hikes, full moon bike riding, and backpacking trips to the Appalachian Mountains.
However, as finals approach, students could find themselves stuck in Hodges, pining for the outdoors.
"It helps out so much," Haynes said, "just to relax and free your mind before you go into finals."
More information about parks or trails in the Knoxville area can be found on www.outdoorknoxville.com. A schedule of events and additional information on UTOP can be found at recsports.utk.edu.