WICHITA, Kan. -- The signs in front of the Heskett Center on the WSU campus clearly say "Sidewalk Closed." But just as clearly many students and staff aren't paying close attention and walking right past them.
"It doesn't look like it needs to be (closed)," says WSU senior Bre Ledoux, When asked if she knew why it was closed? "I have no idea."
Students like Ledoux assume that because the sidewalk is cleared of ice and snow that the signs are up by mistake.
WSU sophomore Hayden Squires says, "The only reason I could think of is ice but it's obviously cleared of ice. So, I have no clue."
The "sidewalk closed" signs are there due to snow and ice -- just not on the sidewalk. The threat is snow and icicles falling from the roof top.
Long dangling icicles line the roof line and clumps of snow are on the slanted roof above the icicles.
WSU staff employee Tracee Friess says, "It should probably say beware of icecyles or something."
Maintenance workers say those are known to fall onto the sidewalks below. That's why the signs are up.
When that's point out students like Squires says he gets it. "Oh that would make perfect sense then. Those things are huge."
Maintenance workers say when it warms up they'll get on top of the roof and with long poles dislodge the snow so it will no longer be a threat to those below.
In the meantime students might consider that even though the signs don't explain why the sidewalk is closed ---- it is closed.