Spring, giving is in the air

Three weeks after the first day of spring, students are now able to shed their winter layers and exchange their heavy jackets for T-shirts.

Indiana is finally starting to see some warmer weather.

According to AccuWeather.com, Indiana will see temperatures in the 60s and 70s throughout the weekend, and though temperatures will drop into the 50s next week, it’s much better than the subzero temperatures Indiana saw this winter.

We may officially be able to say that what seemed like an eternal winter is now over.

So, what is there to do now that the weather is getting warmer?

With spring weather comes more outdoor activities. Many organizations on campus are planning their spring philanthropy events within the next few weeks.

Students can go Into the Streets to support nonprofit organizations in the Indiana community Saturday by completing projects such as landscaping, painting and cleanup.

On Sunday, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Student Veterans Organization and IUP chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers will hold the Freedom Colors 5K for community members from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Dougherty Field.

Participants will be covered in red, white and blue paint by the time they finish the race. The entry fee for the Freedom Colors 5K costs $10 for veterans and I-Card holders and $15 for participants 11 and older (if you sign up early – $20 on the day of the race), and proceeds will benefit the local Indiana County Veterans Affairs Office.

Students can also participate in Take Back the Night, a campuswide march to raise awareness of sexual violence, Wednesday starting at 8 p.m. in the Putt-Delaney Courtyard.

After 11 tiring weeks of school, students are most likely exhausted. But now is not the time to loaf on the couch.

With only four weeks left, the school year will be ending before you know it. Enjoy your last few weeks in Indiana while you can.

Grab your friends, get outside, enjoy the nice weather and support IUP philanthropies.