I had one of my regular meetings with Peter Boxall today to talk about my PhD progress (he is my supervisor). After the meeting I met with Darl Kolb and we went across to the little coffee shop known as Pod. As we walked across the campus I was struck by how alive it seems at the moment. The new semester has just begun1 and the place seems so buzzing. It's wonderful. I always miss the way the University hums when the students aren't here.