It’s not like Rochester, New York doesn’t get much precipitation. I have a brother who went to the U of R and I think the lake effect snow that buries that town each year was measured in garbage plates rather than inches. And the days don’t get any less gray or wet there just because winter eases into spring. Which makes today’s campus lockdown at the Rochester Institute of Technology so curious. uticaod.com reports that “According to a message posted on the RITNews Twitter feed shortly thereafter, a bus driver on campus had reported what he thought was person with rifle. But the police investigation later determined the object in question was an umbrella with a samurai sword handle.” Which looks nothing whatsoever like a rifle. Come on people. Vigilance is all very nice, but underoo-soiling panic at the sight of any long dark object is pathetic. That is all.