We love the cotton candy. We really do. And the mustard/pretzel combo? Perfection. But amid all the confections and concession stand constants AXEperience has provided for the Homecoming festivities, a dark consequence looms.
That’s right. The bees.
Visitors to Steen Library during Homecoming week might notice a certain swarming hive of unfriendly insects blocking the way to Einstein’s. Some sting, some don’t; all are blocking optimal student walkways. This results in a dangerous predicament even for those students who aren’t allergic to a bee sting. Students who fear the bees, with good reason, are basically confined to their dorms, as the flowers which have died off for the winter are replaced by artificial, sugary, very sticky blossoms that act as targets for the innocently horrible insects.
While yes, bees are a precious and integral component of our ecosystem, our ecosystem does not do well when on display in the student body’s way. It’s also not the most ideal source of nutrition and sugar for bees as they should be consuming more natural sugars from flowers, but I don’t necessarily blame them for swarming to the cotton candy.
The bees must realize that although discarded cotton candy is a tempting treat, they are not welcome on campus, and they are particularly unwelcome during Homecoming. We have massive surges of visiting alumni, parents, younger siblings and Walker Hayes fans walking the campus this weekend. The last thing we want them to remember from the 2021 SFA Homecoming trip is a bad bee sting.