Ben Mehic, Managing News Editor
Fall, or “cuffing season” as others call it, is the time to cuddle underneath a warm blanket in front of an electric fireplace with someone who you may or may not have met on Tinder, while freeing your bowels of all the pumpkin spice lattes you consumed earlier in the evening.
For Utica College students, fall is the time to embrace the change of season and the foliage that comes with it.
UC Senior Alison Brown is looking forward to wearing her boyfriend’s Ralph Lauren sweater, taking her dog Dooley out for walks and baking her apple cider cake.
“I like taking walks with my dog in the fall because he’s a Boston terrier and he’s got a mushed-in face. He can’t breathe in the summer,” Brown said.
Brown, who lives in her own apartment, has also developed a way to keep the electricity bill low now that the cool weather is approaching.
“I put heavy drapes on my windows to save energy,” Brown said.
Senior Sam Bentley considers fall to be her favorite season.
“I like crisp air and flannels,” Bentley said. “I enjoy watching the leaves change.”
As a noted Halloween enthusiast, Bentley has already begun thinking about the upcoming holiday.
“Halloween is a season. The temperature starts to drop and I get really Halloweenie,” Bentley said.
For other UC students, like Senior Joe Hunter, the fall serves as a reminder of a much simpler time.
“I really appreciate fall. It’s a nice break from summer and the overbearing heat, but it’s not freezing yet,” Hunter said. “I enjoys raking leaves. It’s a fun time. You make massive piles then you can channel your inner child and jump in.”
When he’s not diving into piles of leaves in the fall, Hunter spends time smelling his favorite candle, Mahogany teakwood, which was described to have the smell of an “earthy man” by Hunter.
“Summer is not really a time for candles. You’ve got your windows open to smell the outdoors,” Hunter said. “Fall is the time that you start lighting candles.”
The autumnal equinox is officially upon us. Wrinkled pumpkins that share a resemblance with the Republican Presidential candidate and people who are way too old to be trick-or-treating will enter our lives. UC students, though, are ready for the change.