Western closes campus Feb. 26

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Students were given a half day off from classes after the second round of Snowmagedon hit Missouri Western.

Harrison Cobb, a senior baseball player, shovels snow from the third floor of Logan Hall. Missouri Western cancelled classes at 11 a.m. Tuesday morning. Dave Hon | Senior Editor
Harrison Cobb, a senior baseball player, shovels snow from the third floor of Logan Hall. Missouri Western cancelled classes at 11 a.m. Tuesday morning. Dave Hon | Senior Editor

At 10:26 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26 a Griffon Alert announced campus would be closed at 11 a.m. Typically, the decision to closed campus is made before 6 a.m. but Tuesday was an exception.

Director of Facilities Lonnie Johnson explained the challenges the Physical Plant faced while clearing campus after the second snowstorm in less than a week.

“We’re fighting nature here and sometimes we can get on top of it and stay ahead of it and do pretty good but sometimes it overwhelms us,” Johnson said.

All classes and activities were canceled for the remainder of the day. Johnson said “for safety’s sake it was best to shut it down.”

“We thought it would improve but it just kept getting worse instead of improving,” Johnson said. “It’s always a judgment call and sometimes we hit it real good; sometimes not so good.”

Kent Heier, assistant director of public relations and marketing, said campus remained open due to little snowfall and an unclear forecast.

“Its not an exact science,” Heier said. “Our folks, our administration, tries to make to best decision they can with the information that they have at the time and we hope we get it right more often than we get it wrong.”

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