Two snow days in a week are making a mess of student schedules and University maintenance.
Students enrolled in courses that meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, as well as those in night classes, have now missed a full week.
Sophomore Tyler Goodhue, who has four such classes, said that although it is nice to be able to have a day off, sometimes the weather is more problematic.
“I was happy on Monday because it was a nice break, but today I am kind of annoyed because I am realizing how much more work I am going to have to put in within the next week and a half,” Goodhue said.
University maintenance crews worked in shifts throughout the night in an attempt to have the sidewalks, parking lots and campus roadways cleared.
General maintenance mechanic Frank Murano said that clearing all the ice and snow is no easy task.
“I’ve been out here since 5 o’clock in the morning,” said Murano as he shoveled salt in front of the University Center entrance. “When we got up we had like 4 inches between snow and ice, and we’ve been at it ever since.”
“It’s a lot of work, it’s a big campus, but I think we do a pretty good job overall,” he said.
Ice also created an unforeseen hazard.
Large chunks of falling ice forced the University to block off the ground-floor entrance to the Walsh Library, a safety measure sophomore Steve Hausmann appreciated.
“It’s kind of dangerous, but I’m glad they took the precautions needed to make sure no one gets hit with an icicle,” Hausmann said.
Clayton Collier can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.