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Volume 68, Issue 46, Tuesday, October 29, 2002


Oh, Sun, won't you come back

Kristin Buchanan
Opinion Columnist

Has anyone seen the sun lately? I've been looking all over, and I haven't found it anywhere.

Instead, I've been greeted with pouring rain and gloomy skies.

It's enough to make a person want to roll over and go back to sleep. I know I'd definitely prefer my warm, fuzzy slippers to the cold, wet shoes I'm wearing right now.

It's not good for us to go too long without the sun. Aside from the Vitamin D depletion, about 25 percent of the population suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder, the National Mental Health Association said.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression that comes in the wintertime, sometimes dubbed the "winter blues," the NHMA said.

As melatonin levels increase during the winter season, individuals affected by the disease become moody and crave more carbohydrates during fall and winter months.

Maybe it's just me, but warm, fresh pizza, which is rich in carbs, seems so much more inviting during cold, bleak weather. (Not that it's uninviting any other time of the year the weather just enhances its desirability.)

And while it's only a quarter of the population that suffers from the disease, it's perfectly understandable that most UH students would lose the spring in their steps after sloshing through puddles across campus all day in the cold rain. Soggy socks are nothing to grin about especially when you have to sit in a classroom with the air conditioning on full blast.

Why did the sun go away?

I have a few theories.

In light of the impending attack on Iraq, maybe it's being held hostage by rebels who won't release it until President Bush backs down.

Maybe the sun decided to go someplace where the air is cleaner.

Maybe it took a really long coffee break or, perhaps the sun just got really bored with our galaxy and ran away to a newer one. Maybe it felt like it wasn't getting enough attention.

Whatever the reason, we need to see the sun again.

In light of our recent victory with a fall graduation ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, students feel once again that their voice makse a difference.

Even when the odds are against us, if we stand up and speak out, we can change the system.

This is a perfect time to take a stand. We don't have to put up with depressing rain and dismal skies looming over our horizon.

I am starting a petition to bring back the sun. I don't know if someone took it, or if it just wandered away on its own, but I think I speak for all of us when I say we want it back.

Buchanan, a senior journalism major who dreams 
of sunny days sweeping the clouds away, 
can be reached at


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