Whether the reason was returning to their normal schedules or just missing the interaction with friends, the majority of Anderson University students at the Olt Student Center on Thursday were glad to return to school [Editor's Note: A recent storm dropped nearly 15 inches of snow on the campus forcing the university to close offices and classes for two consecutive days].
Chris Williams, spokesman for Anderson University, said the university’s offices were back to a normal schedule on Thursday, staffed to normal levels, and classes had returned to their regular schedule.
Andrew Camp, a freshman, said he was happy to return to classes and get back to his regular routine, like enjoying lunch with friends.
Camp said since the first week of school, he has formed friendships with a group of students, and they all try to make time for lunch at 1 p.m. at the Student Center.
The group can vary in size from 10, and grow to as many as 20, near the end of the week.
“We have nicknamed it the 1 o’clock luncheon,” Camp said. “The nice part is most of the people are just other students that I have met this year.”
With the snowstorm disrupting school schedule for two days, maintenance workers at the university worked 12- to 14-hour shifts to clean parking lots and sidewalks at the school, according to Joe Royer, executive director of facilities at AU.
Royer credited Tim Trueblood, director of physical plant, and the other maintenance workers for doing a great job getting things back to normal.
“We concentrated our efforts Initially on making sure the students that reside in campus housing could have a clear path to get to the student center, and then branched out from there,” Royer said. “We had to bring in extra equipment and staff to help with the efforts.”
Junior Katie Cook said the first day of the snow break was nice, but on the second day with no classes, she was ready to return.
“The first day, a group of us watched movies and played in the snow,” Cook said. “I think Anderson University did a great job of keeping the sidewalks clean, and getting things prepared for classes today.”
For some students, the break from regular classes gave them a slight case of cabin fever.
While finishing lunch at the Student Center, Carissa Krontz explained the winter conditions left her feeling trapped.
“I was going crazy,” Krontz said. “I wanted to get out and do something, but my car is trapped on the street. I am dreading having to dig it out later on today.”
For Rebecca Newcome, the snow break allowed her an opportunity to catch up on homework.
“I am happy to be back, but I was able to be productive from home in the meantime.”
— Writer Mark Olejniczak is a reporter with the Anderson Herald Bulletin. Story reprinted with permission.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.