From the local university where K takes swim lessons:
Rarely does the University close because of low temperatures alone.
The safety of all students, faculty and staff is our primary consideration in determining if the campus should remain open. No other factors supersede that one. If we receive information that weather conditions, or any other risks, pose a significant threat to the safety of our campus community, we will act appropriately and immediately.
We serve a different clientele than our colleagues in elementary and secondary education. Our students and employees are adults. They are capable of preparing themselves for inclement weather and for deciding if weather conditions and their own personal circumstances warrant altering their schedules because of the weather.
Second, we offer a service for which its students pay directly. If we close, we temporarily deny that service to students – including the many who live on or near campus. So, if our observations and consultations indicate that conditions do not present an undue threat to the campus community, we are obliged to provide the service that we have promised to our students. In other words, our job is to keep the University open.
I get it. It's cold.
This is the e-mail we got yesterday afternoon from the Director of the Aquatics Program:
Bundle up, bring your hair dryer! We will still have our Thursday night swim lessons as scheduled. Stay warm, DianeWhen I was in college, it was -25 F. (That was PRIOR to the windchill being factored in.) Kent was the ONLY school in the area NOT to close. Did I complain? No. I suited up and went to class.
Did it kill me? No.
Here's the thing, you ARE in college. That means that you are an adult now.
You ARE in college. Do you know how many people would love to BE in college, but can't afford it?
I was reading through the Twitter feed while I was watching my dear child swim back and forth. College kids were complaining.
It's ridiculous. The university isn't watching out for our safety.
If I wasn't graduating this spring, I would go to a different college that cares about their students.
We need to text and e-mail the professors to tell them that it is too cold for class. If we all do it, then maybe they'll cancel on their own.Really? You are going to flood the e-mail and text of your professor to get them to cancel class? :tip of the head in confusion: Um, aren't you a big girl and big boy right now?
Suck it up. Go to class. Wear some more layers. Leave more time. Skip through from building to building like I did. You'll survive. Look at it as the Amazing Race, only with this one, you get a degree at the end.