Student Press Stories: ‘It’s Raining in the Newsroom’

9:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 18, 2010

Newsroom, The Minaret, University of Tampa

I walked up the stairs to the second floor of the student center and ran into Minaret copy editor Robin Hudson. She was sitting in the lobby, line editing on her laptop.

She looked up at me, frowning, “I’m working out here now. It’s raining in the newsroom.”

I heard the water before I saw it— a steady thumping, like boots on a sidewalk. Tears of it streamed from the roof panels in a few concentrated spots.

Some students were standing around, staring up, in seeming shock. A few others were continuing to edit and design at their computer workstations, backs turned, heavy sighs mixing with full smiles. Two students were snapping still photos via their mobile phones, one complaining, “There’s no way to get a picture of water.”

Perhaps the funniest/saddest moment: A carefree student purposefully letting the water soak him … until the maintenance staff came by and informed us the water was from an overflowing toilet. (Have you ever giggled and grimaced at the same time?)

Ten minutes later, the rain slowed to a drizzle. Soon after that, it stopped, collecting on the panels like soapy water on a sponge.

Robin stayed in the lobby for awhile, just in case.

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