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Start of Semester Disrupted By Storm

By Brian Riley
Assistant News Editor

Classes were cancelled after noon on Monday, Jan. 26, and all day on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the beginning of the second week of the spring semester, due to winter storm Juno, which accumulated 20 inches of snowfall in some parts of Long Island.

Although classes were cancelled, the campus was not entirely shut down. Several food locations, including Winnick Dining Hall, Hillwood Café, Starbucks, and the End Zone, were open on Monday and Tuesday, with modified hours. The Pratt Recreation Center was open as well, with shorter hours. The Gold Coast Cinema was open both days, and held screenings of “Big Hero 6” and “The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part I.” The campus shuttle service had additional pickups at noon on Monday, but was suspended after 1 p.m., and all day Tuesday.

Humanities Hall after the onset of yesterday’s snowfall.  Photo by Alyssa Seidman
Humanities Hall after the onset of yesterday’s snowfall.
Photo by Alyssa Seidman

According to Dr. Jackie Nealon, Vice President of Campus Life and Enrollment, the Facilities Department has a clear plan on how to handle snowstorms. “The facilities team focuses on keeping perimeter roads cleared first, then plowing inner roads, clearing paths, and salting building steps and walkways.”

Cleaning the campus after a snowstorm is an obvious priority, but notifying students prior to storm is equally as important. “The university will notify the community immediately if the campus is closed, or if classes are cancelled or delayed. Students can also call the LIU Emergency Hotline at 516- 299-EMER for weather-related updates,” Nealon said.

Gregory Vavrinec, a junior Broadcasting major, felt that this process worked well last Monday and Tuesday. Vavrinec
is a commuter form Massapequa Park, so a late notification can be harmful to him. “Even though the snowstorm was not bad at the time, it could’ve made travel for the commuters on campus more dangerous and unsafe the longer they were at Post,” he said.

Although a day and half of classes were canceled, snowstorm Juno didn’t have a huge effect on the campus. My WCWP continued their scheduled programing for both days. There were no delays or cancellations for any of the sports, except for the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, which had to practice on the football field that was quickly cleared of snowfall.

Classes were delayed on Monday, Feb. 2, until 10 a.m., and Tuesday, Feb. 3, until 9:30 a.m. Commuter students complained that the notification was a little too late, as some had already began the commute through the snow and ice. On Tuesday morning, a pipe burst in Brookville Hall, causing flooding in a couple of the dorm rooms.

“Our Facilities Department works hard to clear paths and parking lots to maintain a safe and accessible campus. In addition, Campus Life remained open to assist students in the residence halls, coordinate meals, and host programs for students who are on campus,” said Michael Berthel, Director of Campus Life.

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