PSA: Remember, guys, don’t build igloos.
From Jay Sharma ’16 comes a handsome photo diary of the newly founded “WestCo 5,” an igloo community that took root in the WestCo courtyard in the immediate aftermath of Nemo’s historic reign. Curiously, the structure seems to have evaded ResLife’s infamous Igloo Moratorium of 2011, but the ensuing events may well be an instructive indicator of why ResLife banned igloos in the first place.
According to Sharma, the project began with a core crew of WestCo 4 residents, centering around Hannah Salzer ’16, Angus McLean ’16, Johnny Crook ’16, and Dara Mysliwiec ’16. Then, when Sharma and other friends from WestCo 1 (Saarim Zaman ’16, Max Atkinson ’16, and Nikku Chatha ’16) joined in, the project took on a larger scale.
“Originally it was going to be a one- or two-person igloo,” Sharma explained, “but as the day went on, the building crew got bigger, and each time we went into the igloo to chill there would be a couple of people who couldn’t fit in. So in an effort to fit everyone in, we just kept making it bigger, and now it fits nine or ten people comfortably.” Well, now it fits no one, because it’s melted. But you know.
Rejoice! You called it, lesanjuan. Bill Holder has the full announcement:
Wesleyan is closed Monday, and classes will not be held this afternoon. Parking on campus remains limited, and a number of buildings are not yet accessible. Only essential personnel should report to work today. We are hopeful that classes will be held tomorrow, but that depends on how much snow removal gets done today. Our crews are working tirelessly, and we are very grateful for their dedication and good work. We will provide an update this evening around 6 pm.
Heavy equipment is in use, so students should continue to exercise considerable caution outdoors. Call Public Safety for help with storm-related matters, (860) 685-2345. For emergencies, call (860) 685-3333.
According to President Roth’s latest blog post, “I am hopeful that enough classroom buildings will be fully accessible so that we can get underway tomorrow (Tuesday). We will make another announcement at around 6 pm this evening.” Mayor Drew’s plan is to
have the roads be passable by midnight just keep on plowing until he can’t plow anymore, so stay tuned.
As an aside, this Snow Day is an excellent opportunity to set to work on your Michael Roth Snow Sculpture Contest submission.
In semi-related news, Espwesso remains closed tonight.
As Nemo the Hyperblizzard progresses into its extended third act on campus, the administration has opted to cancel all classes tomorrow morning, and this time it’s for real. Straight from the Holder’s (that’s Bill Holder’s) mouth:
Classes will not be held Monday morning, and we will assess campus conditions in the morning to determine whether to resume classes at noon. Administrative staff should not come to work on Monday, except for essential personnel. We will provide an update to the campus community at about 9 a.m.
Hard working ground crews have made substantial progress today – and they deserve our thanks – but more remains to be done to ensure that sidewalks are clear and buildings are accessible. Students should continue to exercise considerable caution outdoors and call Public Safety for help with storm-related matters, (860) 685-2345. For emergencies, call (860) 685-3333.
Considering Middletown remains a surreal maze of waist-high snow drifts and Governor Malloy just asked all nonessential employees to stay home Monday, this move comes as little surprise. But couldn’t they have just made the call for the whole day at once?
The view from Senior Fauver, as photographed by Tuna yesterday afternoon.
This morning we received in our tipbox an account, from an anonymous reader, of a rather heroic rescue that took place late last night, during blizzard conditions:
Last night, a bunch of my friends and I saw a figure muddling through the blizzard. He collapsed in the snow, and did not get up. Julia Holewinski ’15, wearing just a sweater, immediately ran outside and hauled the man inside with some difficulty. He was clearly extremely intoxicated, and his eyelashes were frozen solid. We think his name is [removed] (class of ’14). If Julia hadn’t had the presence of mind and physical strength to drag him inside, he probably would have died in a snowdrift.
Besides applauding Holewinski for her courageous rescue, this seems like an opportune time to remind you that if you feel the need to get wasted during blizzard conditions (which is all fine and good), drink responsibly and don’t go wading through snow alone at night. If you spot an obviously smashed friend attempting to stumble home alone through snow drifts and heavy winds, walk with them or offer them your couch. Sorry to get all mom on you all of a sudden.
Speaking of snow rescues, pyrotechnics’ post this morning noted that some students (especially in Lo-Rise) are quite literally unable to open their front doors because of the Alaskan-style snow drifts.