VORTEX FINALE: THE BIG SHOVEL
Jan 25, 2016
By Anna Cai
The snowstorm that swept the city this weekend did not stamp out the activity of the Vortex. After waiting out the extensive snowfall, on Sunday afternoon, students and professors marched with shovels in hand into the neighborhoods adjacent to this year's Vortex competition site, Preston corridor. Groups of shovelers liberated driveways, sidewalks and vehicles around the intersections of Paoli and 9th and again on Page and 10 1/2 street.
Despite the shutting down of university facilities, students were still challenged to produce projects by the Saturday evening deadline, but a finale was still in order. in the past half-decade, the Vortex finale has occurred on the Sunday concluding the week's activity, including an exhibition and presentation of each of the team's proposals. The event invites community members to view, celebrate and critique the proposed solutions.
This year's inclement weather eliminated most city-wide gatherings including this time held tradition, but the will to reach out to the city was not lost. Students organized a day of community service---carrying on the true spirit of goodwill that lies at the heart of the Vortex.