Landscaping is a must

The staff editorial is the majority opinion of the editorial board of The Murray State News.

Last semester’s storms left more than their share of damage across the community and on our campus. Most notable was the loss of many larger flora in the Quad and elsewhere, specifically two of the largest trees in the Quad.

While some may see the death and removal of those trees as a positive for campus it is important to remember many students come to Murray State for our reputation as a place to attend for outdoor enthusiasts is known nationwide, with many students coming because of their connection to the Land Between the Lakes and rural culture. Of course, not every student is here for the bucolic nature of our school.

But even the most outspoken urbanite cannot deny the superior natural beauty of our campus as compared to that of other universities.

Over the past six months it seemed there would be nothing to replace the once mighty, now fallen trees around campus. But sure enough a brisk walk around campus will reveal a new plethora of newly planted trees. The selection is diverse and enough to make any perspective student see the University’s commitment to making a more natural and enjoyable campus.

Wayne Harper, director of grounds and building services, said the replacing of trees downed in storms is always a priority for the University, especially those with the biggest impact.

“Our primary goal is to replace any tree we’ve lost,” Harper said. “We are always trying to emphasize nature if we can.”

This is the sign of a healthy campus to say the least. On campus, above all else, the University’s main priority should always be student welfare, whether physical or psychological. In this case the benefit is both.

Harper said the natural beauty of campus is cited by prospective students as to why they have decided to come to campus.

“People will say, parents and students, the landscape development plan is one of the primary reasons for coming to this campus.”

In recent years there have been plenty of studies to show the benefit of operating in a more natural environment. According to a study by Kirk Warren Brown and Tim Kasser titled “Are Psychological and Ecological Well-Being Compatible? The Role of Values, Mindfulness and Lifestyle” responsibility in nature and a person’s well-being can be complementary.

“That is, happier people were living in more ecologically sustainable ways,” the study shows.

If this is the case, then a big thanks is in order to Facilities Management for creating a campus worth enjoying. We really enjoy your efforts and hope they continue.