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Water the flowers

Maria Sengenberger | Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Dear North Dining Hall,

Nothing says springtime like flowers. So I was pleasantly surprised to see fresh flowers in the North Dining Hall. (If you haven’t noticed them yet, they’re on top of the salad bars.) However, there is a slight problem with this decorative choice: no one is watering these flowers, and there are few things more depressing than watching flowers die from dehydration. Today I watched one of the NDH workers throw out one of these potted hyacinths because it was all dried up. Earlier this week when I mentioned that perhaps they should water the flowers, I was told that “they were just dead.” They were indeed dead, but not from natural causes.

Now most of the hyacinths have been replaced with tulips, and I fear for their safety. In these days of heightened environmental awareness, let’s remember that “going green” also means keeping our plants green with love, care and a whole lot of water.


Maria Sengenberger


Walsh Hall

Mar. 28