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Winter’s Wrath: Climatic changes cause campus closure

February 20, 2014

 

Tolliver Hall, a popular hub for students on campus, was affected by the ice. – Photo by Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay

Tolliver Hall, a popular hub for students on campus, was affected by the ice. – Photo by Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay

Paul Harris
Staff Reporter

 

Freezing rain blanketed the city of Ruston last week, resulting in hazardous travel conditions. This slippery precipitation forced the university to cancel classes Feb. 11 and 12.

 

Louisiana Tech’s Emergency Response Team strongly recommended that students, faculty and staff refrain from traveling during the wintery mix. Many Tech students used the snow day to catch up on studying since finals are soon approaching.

 

“My international business class actually had a test delayed until Friday, granting me an ample amount of time to study,” said Alec Davis, a senior business administration major. “That was quite a sigh of relief.”

 

Other students took full advantage of the rare sight of icy conditions, making temporary sleds out of anything they could find. Narendra Sharma, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, said he used a flat oven pan as an aide to slide down the slick hills.

 

Streets, cars and trees were frozen over during the two day campus closure. – Photo by Colin Fontenot

Streets, cars and trees were frozen over during the two day campus closure. – Photo by Colin Fontenot

“My friends and I saw a lot of people sledding down the hills that surround the football practice field and were intrigued,” Sharma said. “Living here we don’t get to experience that too often, so we figured we might as well go enjoy some free fun.”

 

Sharma said he saw students using laundry baskets, pizza boxes and even a blow-up raft.

 

A few of the Tech athletic teams were affected by the weather and had to improvise practice schedules. Jens Danielsen, a junior offensive lineman for Tech’s football team, said the team’s scheduled conditioning workout for Wednesday was cancelled. Tech’s baseball team was forced to hold practice indoors at the Lambright Intramural Center.

 

“The weather didn’t allow us to practice on the field but with opening weekend right around the corner we had to get in there and get our work in,” Luke Giddens, a senior pitcher, said, “Despite the distraction caused by Mother Nature we were able to go indoors and still get quality practice time.”

 

Taly Merker, a sophomore tennis player, said the Lady Bulldogs also held practice in the Lambright Center.

 

“It was a challenge for us because we had to go in the gym to practice,” Merker said. “The surface is different and we had an upcoming match that weekend.”

 

The Lady Techster tennis team did not allow the gym floor to be a factor in their competition against Grambling this past weekend, defeating the Tigers 6-0.

 

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A snow man hangs out in Centennial Plaza. – Photo by Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay

Kylin Thomas, a sophomore business administration major, said he used the time off to catch up on sleep and reminisce about the summer.

 

“I’m tired of all this cold, I say the same thing about the heat in the summer though,” Thomas said. “Although it gets unbearably hot down here during the summer, I’ll take that over this bone-shaking cold we’ve been having here lately any day.”

 

Thomas said regardless of what anyone’s plans were last Wednesday, everyone was affected in some manner.

 

“Some students had presentations that were pushed back, some students probably were more than thankful for the cancellation because they may not have been ready for the class assignments due that day,” Thomas said.

 

“That’s just what we have to deal with living in north Louisiana with this bi-polar weather.”

 

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