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No School Today Because It Snowed [Jan. 28th, 2009|12:09 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

When I walked to campus yesterday morning, I witnessed snow removal happening at three levels of scale, but I didn't consider turning back. One poster on bloomington wrote, "I've been a student or a staff member for the university for ten years now, and IU has closed twice in that time -- once for staff when classes weren't in session, and one half day in February a few years ago." Someone else wrote, "IU won't blink unless we have more like two feet."

Snow and freezing rain continued to fall all day and night. When I walked to campus this morning, no one was even bothering to try to remove snow anymore. I walked in the street, because the sidewalks didn't appear to exist. It occurred to me that I hadn't seen snow this serious since I was in high school. Then it occurred to me that I might be exaggerating.

But I wasn't. When I got to school, I had received an email saying that campus was closed until noon. While I was reading that one, I received a notification by phone saying that campus was closed all day -- for the second time in ten years, apparently. Five local counties have declared snow emergencies. And I just heard from one of my students -- he can't come to office hours today because there's a snowdrift in front of his garage that's almost as tall as he is.