For students up and down the East Coast, the snow that piled up over late January translated into two most-beloved winter words – snow day!
The day off from classes was filled with many timeless outdoor activities. It seemed like a village of snow people popped up over night, and the tracks from various sleds carved out new paths up and down the E&H grounds.
For those who wished to stay in the comfort of indoors, E&H Student Life provided several entertainment options, including a pick-up basketball game and a movie night in Wiley Hall Auditorium.
For many employees, the winter storm did not equal a day at home. The Facilities Department featured more than a dozen workers who spent day and night working to remove snow.
The crew battled to clear nearly a foot of snow from the five miles of roads, four miles of walking paths and close to 20 parking lots that make up the main E&H campus. On the biggest day of the winter storm, crews started plowing around 5:30 a.m. and worked a 17-hour shift to make sure students could still get to necessary destinations including the cafeteria.
The impressive work of the grounds crew did not go without notice. The local NBC affiliate from nearby Bristol, Va. stopped by campus after the storm to see how we were digging out!