June 25: Don’t get soaked, buy an umbrella

Maybe it’s because as a student you walk a lot, but it seems to rain more in Champaign-Urbana than anywhere else in the world. I don’t have the numbers to back this up. Nobody does. So just take it as fact.

On the days when the weather isn’t walker friendly, the buses are overcrowded and it could take more time waiting to get on one than it would to just walk. The easiest and least expensive solution is to get an umbrella — a good one that will encourage you to chuckle at all the pedestrians soaking from the downpour.

However, if you’re short, please be aware of your surroundings. You tend to take out heads with umbrellas as you pass through crowds. Campus has 11 umbrella-related deaths every year. Don’t become a statistic. Practice umbrella safety.