The weather forecast has been nowhere near warm as Jterm classes began. This year’s winter season in Indiana has already lead to school delays and cancellations throughout the state, including the Huntington county area.
Most students – especially those living on campus – have only been seen outside when walking to places such as Loew Brenn Hall, the Science Hall, the Dining Commons and the Huntington Union Building.
Junior Jessica Miller, Hardy Hall resident, says she has been staying indoors, playing games and watching movies with friends.
“[My friends and I] don’t want to leave campus because there is eight inches of snow that I refuse to scrape off my car in the negative degree weather,” she said.
While Miller and her friends are choosing to stay inside to keep warm, senior Megan Friend, a commuter, said students shouldn’t feel restricted by the cold.
“If I did live on campus I would do as much as I could with friends, despite the weather conditions,” Friend said. “You can’t beat the friendships you build at good ol’ HU.”
Due to a lack of student workers this past week, the full-time maintenance staff has had to clean up the sidewalks, and roads and parking lots, in addition with shoveling the steps by the dorms.
Jerry Gressley, director of physical plant, said students should prepare to make sure and modify their “normal” path to different facilities because of the snow and ice. He said students should walk at a slower pace, anticipate slippery surfaces at any time, wear footwear for traction, use handrails on exterior steps and ramps, and use extra caution when crossing streets.
“Be patient as we clean the campus and do not take unnecessary chances,” Gressley said. “We are very cautious of the facilities and not losing heat or electric power that can cause some very serious damage to our buildings.”