Every day at Springfield College, the majority of students walk by or into Cheney Dining
Hall at least once. Whether it is to fill themselves with pasta and salad, or to struggle to make their 8 a.m. class in Hickory hall, the sidewalks by Cheney are some of the most populated parts of campus.
Last week, the usual bare sidewalks weren’t so plain anymore. Instead, they were decorated with different inspirational quotes and messages in front of not only Cheney, but also academic buildings such as Weiser and Locklin Hall.
The quotes were written by students in the Introduction to Community Arts class taught by Professor Jessica Poser. Each student was assigned to pick three quotes that they felt were meaningful or simply enjoyed, and write them in chalk along the sidewalks.
“I think it was kind of big just for people to write things that they believe in and things that are important to them,” explained Ben Kepler, a sophomore in the Community Arts class. “Hopefully people walking by, seeing them, it can mean something to them too.”
The assignment was designed to do just that: have a positive impact on people. The messages were put in public spots and were spread out purposely, to maximize the number of students who saw them. If someone’s day was inspired by seeing the quotes or if the messages made someone happy, the assignment would be considered successful.
“People walking to class, they use those sidewalks every day, so maybe just looking down and seeing that, hopefully it meant something to them,” said Kepler.
Kepler chose his three quotes because they all had a personal meaning to him. One of his quotes, “Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure,” is from Coach Carter, one of Kepler’s favorite movies.
“It means that we can do a lot more than we think, so sometimes people don’t want to go outside of the box,” Kepler stated.
The messages had a positive effect on not only Kepler, but everyone involved with the assignment. The idea was a major success, as the students of Springfield College were certainly aware and enjoyed the messages written on the ground.
The LeBron James quote, “You have to accept failure to get better,” stuck out in particular
to some students at Springfield College.
“I liked the Lebron quote. He accepted a lot of failure growing up in Akron, Ohio, but to see him have a big impact shows that he accepted it and got a lot better,” said Sebastian Martin, a freshman at Springfield. “I was surprised to see his quote on campus. It was confusing at first but interesting.”
The assignment turned into a discussion topic for Springfield College students over the last week and according to Kepler, students could be seeing more of this type of activity. “I’m assuming more projects like that. It was fun and got all of us together,” he said.