I’ve always heard that people’s personalities change with the weather, but that trend seems to be flowing over into relationship statuses and a new level of sexual desires. When the sun starts to burn, we seem to be more likely to want to be single and explore the other fish in the sea. It seems to make sense, considering that mating season for most species of fish usually starts in April. But on the other hand, when the snow chills us down, we quickly try to link up with someone who can warm our hearts and help us brave the cold.

So, can we put those wool jackets away now and bring out those bathing suits to tan on the Quad again? Unfortunately, the winter-like weather may not completely be over just yet, but we can guarantee that another season has in fact come and gone. But it isn’t one of our traditional four seasons that has left us. It is the season where the snow begins to fall and many of us want to snuggle under the covers with a hot stud or a pretty young thang. It’s the time of year when our cozy fleece blankets and our Snuggies don’t seem to do the trick for us anymore. No, I’m not talking about the cold Rochester winters; I’m talking about ‘cuffing season.”

Cuffing season is the time of year when many people rush to get into relationships because the weather is cold and they want someone to snuggle up with. This is done in hopes that they will not have to weather the weather alone.
During this wonderful time of year, many of us try to get into relationships until the temperature begins to warm up. Then, if we’re not too attached by the time the sun starts shining, we may call it quits.

While UR is heating up and the Eastman Quadrangle is filled with activity, students seem to have an open opinion about how the change in temperature has an effect on our relationship status and sexual desires.

Many UR students agree that cuffing season has officially come to a close. It’s even become Facebook official, with people all over the Web Site dedicating their statuses to proclaim the end of yet another season. If Facebook says it, then it must be true.

But does the mood in our bedroom get cold when the weather starts warming up? From the students I talked to regarding the topic, it seems that they can agree that this is often the case for many of them. I can even say for myself that I too would love to adjust my relationship status according to the weather.

On the other hand, I can see why some faithful lovebirds would dismiss the idea of cuffing season as a sign of immaturity. If you somehow struck gold and found your soul mate in the middle of Rush Rhees Library, waiting to study chemistry with you, then cuffing season is just an all-year-round way of living. But realistically speaking, that’s hardly the case for most of us. Cuffing season and summer heat just seems like a logical flow to the college love life.

I don’t know what it is about that summer heat that just gets our hormones raging and makes us that much more attracted to the opposite sex. It could be the ever-present skin that we like to show off when the weather starts hitting the 90s, or the flirtatious nature that gets into us when things start heating up.

The summer is almost like a drinking experience: It makes the guy who wasn’t hot just a little while ago, suddenly into a stud, and the girl you would never think to look twice at, into a five-star-chick.

With the warm weather trying to make its way back into our daily lives, many of us want to be out in the hot sun wearing our most revealing outfits, and spending our days with our summer fling from back home. Then, when the fall comes rolling around and the academic year starts up again, we’d love to forget about the guy we spent time crushing on all summer long and return to our comfortable relationships back at college. If only life was that easy.

Cooper is a member of the class of 2012.

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