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A snowy stroll through a Wildcat wonderland

While the groundhog decreed six more weeks of winter earlier this month, the first six weeks of the season weren’t exactly uneventful. From a 2-foot inundation over the semester break to several plowable storms since, the Penn College main campus has been enveloped in enough white to satisfy those wistful for the snows of youth and infuriate those who would rather go swimming than sledding. We’ll straddle the middle ground at PCToday, offering for readers’ pleasure the incomparable beauty of nature; a quiet oasis during the crush of another workweek … at least until the next storm hits!

– Photos by Larry D. Kauffman, digital publishing specialist/photographer

Nature's coverlet accentuates the standout shrubbery along Hagan Way.
Nature’s coverlet accentuates the standout shrubbery along Hagan Way.

Madigan Library cuts an imposing figure beneath lingering snow clouds, a well-cleared path beckoning students and employees alike.
Madigan Library cuts an imposing figure beneath lingering snow clouds, a well-cleared path beckoning students and employees alike.

Back-to-back-to-back storms have brought a heap of plowed precipitation, partially obscuring the sign outside the Student & Administrative Services Center.
Back-to-back-to-back storms have brought a heap of plowed precipitation, partially obscuring the sign outside the Student & Administrative Services Center.

A picturesque campus landmark the whole year 'round, The Victorian House is a snow-capped stunner this winter.
A picturesque campus landmark the whole year ’round, The Victorian House is a snow-capped stunner this winter.

With the Veterans' Fountain turned off for the season, stillness reigns outside the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center ...
With the Veterans’ Fountain turned off for the season, stillness reigns outside the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center …

... and even the parade of "Student Bodies" along the college mall stops, frozen in its tracks, to appreciate the silence.
… and even the parade of “Student Bodies” along the college mall stops, frozen in its tracks, to appreciate the silence.

Tree branches dip ever so slightly under winter's weight, arching over the sidewalk east of the Thompson Professional Development Center.
Tree branches dip ever so slightly under winter’s weight, arching over the sidewalk east of the Thompson Professional Development Center.