The temptation of college snow days

Thu, 2007-12-06 08:34 -- univcomm
December 6, 2007

A few inches of snow can be a minor annoyance or an excuse to skip classes for Anderson University students.

Freshman Henry Schwartz said he made it to his 8 a.m. class Wednesday, but his roommate took the morning off.

“It’s not so bad,” said Schwartz, a Michigan native. “We usually get a lot more snow where I’m from.”

Even a small snowfall can challenge the most studious Raven early in the morning when he’s just rolled out of bed, Schwartz said.

“I’m sure plenty of people skipped.”

Student Jamison Landey didn’t think Wednesday morning’s accumulation was enough to cause rampant truancy, but he said it was common for students to skip a class every once in a while when snow was heavier to go sledding.

Besides helping some friends scrape off their cars, Landey said the snow hadn’t been much of a problem. The sidewalks and streets were salted by 8:15 a.m., when he was making his way to class.

Classes Wednesday went ahead as normal. AU canceled classes for one day in February after a severe snow storm. It was a rare occurrence, administrators said.

Severe cold or ice are more of a safety threat than is heavy snow and are more likely to prompt cancellations, said Tom Bruce, director of university relations.

He said the first snow of the season hadn’t affected life on campus too severely, except he now had a nice view from his office of the campus’ snow-covered valley.

It was common to see students using cafeteria trays to sled down the hills, he said.

Bob Coffman, AU’s vice president of advancement, said the workers at the school’s physical plant are generally well prepared for possibly dangerous weather conditions.

“The first significant snow gives us a good chance to check procedures and make sure everyone is on the same page,” he said.

— Barrett Newkirk is a reporter for the Herald Bulletin in Anderson. Story republished 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.