Toss yourself into the turf, time to get to know the Green

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In regards to all those ‘peeps’ that ignore the Green:

Green is more than a color, more than a signal for go and more than a sign of whether or not your tomato is ripe, green is the corner stone of UNF.

There is a serene environment strategically placed in the heart of UNF’s campus know as ‘the Green.’ This field of well-manicured grass and benches has been a place for leisure, relaxation and meditation for many students, staff and much of the entire UNF community for over four decades.

Lounging, eating and socializing in this luscious meadow of Incredible Hulk-colored organic carpet expand the minds of the entire UNF community outside of the classroom.

Located directly in front of the Fine Arts Center, the Green is a fantastic place to get inspired before and after class. But most importantly, it’s a magical realm — a place of tranquility with infinite possibilities.

However, the Green’s inhabitants have been decreasing at alarming rates due to technological and culinary advances in UNF’s non-stop construction endeavors. The new Student Union, the Amphitheater and the food court are slowly sucking the life out of the Green, leaving only stems and seeds behind. If people continue to ignore the essence of the Green, it will become dry; the legacy it has held in UNF’s history will soon wither away, crumbling into little pieces.

Therefore, we as a student body should not buy into the propaganda that the Green is not the hot spot anymore. It may not be on fire anymore because the Student Union hype is trying to put it out, but the Green is slowly burning, and it is up to us to keep the coal cherry red.

To the UNF newcomers that are going to be bombarded with cool kids peer pressuring them to go hang out in the new hip Amphitheater, or unmercifully priced UNF eateries: Come on, most of us are poor college kids with the exceptions of daddy’s little girl Benz drivers, or good ol’ boys with $40,000 worth of tires and suspension on their Hummer H2s.

Make a gallant effort to squeeze every drop of self-discipline from your overly lavish, instant gratification-based, intoxicated 21st century brains, and put the Green first, accept it and embrace its benefits and practical uses. It’s an all-natural escape from cement, fluorescent lighting and plasma screens.

With all your might, no matter how enticing the new Student Union lounging attractions may seem, use the Green.

We sincerely suggest disregarding all the ‘new’ UNF construction feats entirely and stick to something that has pleasured people of all demographics for years. More people try using the Green just to experience it, especially before bashing it like a broken alarm clock.

Now what is the best way to use the Green? There is no best way, or ‘right’ way or ‘left’ way for that matter. Like anything great, there’s multiple ways to use and enjoy the Green. Some students sunbathe, some post up under a giant plant with canopy tendencies and shade. Many students meet in study groups and talk about the beauty of botany. Some students dig holes way deep in the ground of the Green to hide from angry lovers.

But if someone asks us what we do on the Green, or what we suggest doing with the Green, we simply say, look up. Peer with your overly stimulated, dilated viewing spheres way high in the sky past where dragonflies fly and planes pass by. Pierce your vision past the half-Egyptian Sphinx, half duck-billed platypus shaped clouds, all the way to the top step in the never-ending staircase of the galaxy and try not to trip. To be blunt, go Green.