It’s always sunny in the Student Activity Center

By Scarlett Gamiz

The lines for quesadillas, chicken sandwiches and Pop Tarts have decreased at the Student Activity Center as many students left campus for the summer. As the once always crowded atmosphere disappeared as summer began, some fellow Longhorn students and staff remained.

Hannah Ruiz, a Social work senior said she noticed the first change as she went to get food from the SAC.

“Chick-fil-A is my favorite restaurant and during fall semester it takes about 10–15 minutes but during the summer semester it takes about five minutes to order and receive my meal,” Ruiz said.

Ruiz said her main reason to stay on campus for the summer is to catch up in order to graduate Spring 2018 and continue her master’s program for next summer.

“ I enjoy the summer semester because you can get through a lot of information in a short amount of time,” Ruiz said. “There aren’t as many people on campus, so it’s easier to get to know people in your classroom.”

Even though UT offers a lot of advantages for the summer, Ruiz said there are not as many student organizations on campus during the summer. During the fall and spring Ruiz is the president of the Hispanic Student Organization and said there should be more student activity present during the summer semester.

UT’s campus is home to many future Longhorns and visitors throughout the summer. Longhorn Environmental Science junior Kate Grobowsky described the campus a state of “nervous energy.”

“There’s summer camps going on and orientations, so it’s a different crowd of people,” Grobowsky said.

Program Coordinator Krysta Chacon is located in the Student Activity Center building and is an advisor for two student organizations, Latino Community Affairs and Queer People of Color Allies. Chacon says staff members at UT treat the summer as a time to reflect and prepare for the upcoming school year. Chacon also said there is time to review the agenda from the previous semester and also focus on future department goals.

“We focus on welcome programs for upcoming freshman, we add multiple things to our timetable such as the possibility of hosting a graduation ceremony for December graduates,” Chacon said.

Chacon takes advantage of a lighter workload to further her training in the field of Higher Education and Leadership.

“Even while working full time in the summer, the decrease in students on campus allows me to take a summer course towards my master’s,” Chacon said. “Whereas the energy has dropped, there’s always work happening on campus.”