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How NSU’s marching band copes with the heat

Watch Trevor Williams’ News Package that he produced in COMM 4420. The package features how members of the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band cope with the heat.
Alessa Coneo
This semester’s weather is at an all-time high, and students are attempting to adapt to these extreme temperatures.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana’s student body is back in Demonland and class is back in session.

This semester’s weather is at an all-time high, and students are attempting to adapt to these extreme temperatures.

Health Services is committed to the well-being of our students. Director of Health Services, Jessica Nash, said students affected by the heat should focus on what their body is trying to tell them.

“Listening to your body, you know your body and taking it seriously when you feel signs that you may be overheating,” Nash said. “The headache, the dizziness, confusion, and any visual disturbance like that. Take it seriously.”

Students like the members of the Spirit of Northwestern Marching band practice during the hottest temperatures of the day. As band season approaches Anthony Pursell, the director of bands, understands these harsh temperatures. He is doing what he can, along with the help of band leadership, to sustain the health of the students during these times.

“Our student leadership, our staff are constantly reminding folks to make sure they’re hydrating, make sure they’re limiting their sun exposure, making sure they’re as healthy as possible,” Pursell said. “Obviously getting out and moving before camp started this year, we wanted to make sure that everyone was already acclimated to that weather.”

Some would think these members would be unmotivated to continue, but instead the heat has pushed them to give it their all. Sophomore members of the band tell us about the passion behind the practice.

“It’s hard work, but it’s worth it in the end. We perform for people and put smiles on people’s faces,” Jeremiah Granger, sophomore band member, said.

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    Yvette Ceasar-WilliamsAug 25, 2023 at 12:13 am

    Great insight into how students groups who perform outside are handling this heat. Great to know. Great reporting.