Alex Cathcart (black shirt) and a group of friends clean up their project, titled The Human Connection on Monday, April 26, 2021

After a long winter and frigid start to spring, the sun came out on Monday, April 26.

Local Nebraskans were out in full force on and off the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on April 26.

April brought mostly frigid temperatures and precipitation. Temperatures soared to heights of 92°F on Monday.

For Taylor Wilson, a full-time nanny of two children, it was a much-needed change.

“It is so nice just to get out of the house and be able to spend time outside,” Wilson said. “The kids love being out here. We’ve been cooped up all winter and a lot of the spring.”

Members of Sigma Chi, a fraternity on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s campus, spent the day outside playing cornhole, football and listening to country music on their speaker. Connor Loftus, a member of Sigma Chi stated how happy he was to enjoy the weather with his friends.

“It’s just good to be outside,” Loftus said. “The guys are having a good time out here and we’re just making the most of the weather.”

Another pair of friends followed suit across the street from the Sigma Chi house. Ryan Pace and Drake Allen decided to spend the afternoon tossing around a football. While it wasn’t anything spectacular, Allen noted how nice it was to be outdoors with finals approaching.

“With finals coming up, we needed a day like this,” Allen said. “It’s a beautiful day for tossing the pigskin around with the tarps off.”

Elsewhere on campus, Alex Cathcart and a group of UNL students took their project, The Human Connection, out to the green space on campus.

“We just asked people as they were walking by to contribute one paint stroke to our canvas,” Cathcart said. “Over the course of the day it came out great, we couldn’t have asked for a better day. The sun was shining and everyone was just having a great time.

The Human Connection was a project sponsored by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts’ Undergraduate Student Advisory Board. The organizers plan on donating the work to the university.



Francis Forte is a senior sports media & communication and journalism student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He currently works as a student sports information director with the Nebraska Athletic Department serving as the media contact for the Husker women's gymnastics program.