The Daily Gamecock

Warm winter weather welcomes all

Students lounge on Horseshoe in record-high temperatures


Unseasonably warm temperatures drew students out of their rooms and onto the Horseshoe during the first day of classes.

With the high matching a record 80 degrees for the date and temperatures remaining in the 70s well into the evening, students laid out on blankets, hung their hammocks and passed Frisbees — activities rarely enjoyed in the middle of January, when temperatures average in the mid-50s.

Third-year sport and entertainment student Jake Causey strummed his banjo while relaxing in a hammock outside of Rutledge College.

“The first day of classes felt like the last day of classes,” Causey said.

This week’s unusual weather is a stark contrast to the first week of spring classes just two years ago, when snow prompted the university to cancel several days of classes to start the semester.

Temperatures are expected to remain warm before cooling off to a high of 59 degrees on Thursday.