MEQUON (AP) – While Midwestern college students pile on layers to brave the frigid walk to classes in subzero weather, those attending a university set on the shores of Lake Michigan leave their coats in the dorms for a cozier trek to academic buildings.
Concordia University Wisconsin, in Mequon, has nearly four miles of connecting tunnels and hallways that keep students out of the harsh winter elements. University spokesman Craig McCarthy says he sees students walking around campus in flip flops and shorts during the winter months.
Some of the tunnels were dug by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, which owned the 200-acre lakefront property before Concordia bought it in 1982. McCarthy says the university has added to the maze of tunnels when adding new buildings on campus, including the School of Pharmacy, opened in 2011.