SURE SIGNS OF SPRING. Mud-season axle loading restrictions are posted on the county roads. Sawhorses and other blockades proliferate between the buildings at Northern Illinois University. The former makes sense owing to frost heaves and wet grounds. The latter make no sense. Some technocrat decided to run the sidewalks where they would look pretty on a blueprint. The students, faculty, and staff decided to walk the shortest routes, which can't be blueprinted. Result: muddy sections where the grass doesn't grow. The response of the groundskeepers: Protect. The. Grass.
The card deck really ought to have some local representation. The administrator who sets policy for the groundskeepers will be identified and named.