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Plow the trails between Eastway and MACC covered in fresh snow during the campus closure on Thursday, February 3, 2022.

Few people strolled around campus Thursday afternoon as freezing winds began to pick up and snow continued to fall.

In anticipation of the impending storm, the university canceled classes Thursday through Wednesday evening, and as of 4 p.m. Thursday, winter storm Landon dropped more than five inches of snow. On Thursday evening, the university extended the campus closure until Friday, February 4.

Even with the campus closed, a few brave students made the trek from their dorms to eat at the student center or study at the library, covered in snowflakes and flushed with cold.

“Walking around campus wasn’t too bad,” said first-year architecture student Elise Gerst. “I also wear boots, so that helps. They plowed and salted, and we were ready for it.

Thursday marked the second time this semester that classes were canceled due to bad weather. The university delayed the start of the semester from January 18 to January 19 due to winter storm Izzy, and students noticed that the university handled Thursday’s snow and ice better than in previous weeks.

“I think they got there faster,” said freshman journalism student Kaitlyn Mitchell. “Last time there was a lot of ice. Now the sidewalks seem to be much better. But it also looks like it hasn’t snowed as much, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Other students took full advantage of their day off and avoided the freezing temperatures.

Drew DeGeorge

Second-year accounting major Drew DeGeorge said he was pleased to learn of the Kent State campus closing on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. He spent most of the snowy day in his dorm, but said that he had slipped several times before the driveways were plowed.

“I’m glad classes were canceled, and they’re online because I can stay in my dorm,” said sophomore accounting student Drew DeGeorge. “I walked back and slipped about eight times because I was walking before they plowed.”

Maya Wargelin, a junior psychology student and English major, spent her snowy day inside her apartment just off campus. On Wednesday evening, with the news that classes were canceled, she stayed up later than usual in preparation for the long weekend ahead.

“There’s a video game that I really like that got remastered and re-released this week,” she said. “So yesterday I came back, finished everything I had to do, and just played all night.”

The lack of students on campus has affected events scheduled by the university.

Serena Sachar, who worked the poster sale that took place this week on the second floor of the Student Center, said the storm definitely slowed business.

“We had about 10 clients, and in the past few days we’ve had at least a few hundred,” Sachar said. “I think we didn’t even make a hundred dollars today, so that definitely affected us.”

Sachar said the drive to campus was a bit difficult, but she pointed out that the maintenance staff worked hard despite being understaffed in the harsh conditions.

Serena Sachar

Serena Sachar poses with posters at the Kent State Student Center poster sale. She said sales were down with few customers coming in when the campus closed on Thursday, February 3, 2022.

“The roads were pretty bad, but honestly we managed to make it safe, so we’re happy about that,” Sarchar said. “But the lot we parked on was not cleared of snow at all. One of the guards said that the people helping to plow are understaffed.

Kent State suburban students face unique challenges when it comes to snow days. Whether it’s grocery shopping or walking to campus, getting from place to place can be difficult.

Markian Horodysky, a young psychology student, managed to defy time.

“Since classes were canceled yesterday, my ministry has kind of arranged an 11 a.m. breakfast,” he said. “I spent most of the morning with everyone.”

Horodysky trudged through the snow to breakfast from his Whitehall Terrace apartment. At around 1:00 p.m. he ventured onto the snowy roads of Kent to collect a warrant.

He said the roads were “not so good” during his ride.

Markian Horodyski

Markian Horodysky is a junior psychology student. He said sailing in the Kent area in the early morning hours of Thursday February 3, 2022 presented unique challenges due to snowfall from winter storm Landon.

“I think they tried to clear the snow, but there was so much snow that they covered themselves again,” he said. “So I feel like they have to be constantly out there and constantly shoveling, because it’s all going to be covered again.”

While his apartment complex isn’t usually tilled very efficiently, Wargelin said the campus itself has done a good job.

“Usually everything on campus is movable,” she said. “I felt good there.”

Like many other off-campus students in Kent, Wargelin usually walks to campus or takes a PARTA bus. She said while the campus itself has maintained good winter maintenance, the off-campus area presents unique issues for commuters.

“It is difficult to reach these [stores and restaurants off-campus] because they don’t necessarily clear the sidewalks,” she said. “People have kind of made paths by walking in them [the snow] which you can follow.

Although grounds maintenance and operations have kept snow out so far, remnants of snow covering sidewalks and parking lots are raising concerns for people’s movement from Friday.

Charissa Gilbert

Charissa Gilbert works off-campus at Chipotle. She expressed concern about getting to work safely as snowfall piles up from winter storm Landon.

“I work at Chipotle off campus, and I’m really scared for my commute,” said Charissa Gilbert, a history student. “I wanted to collect my car from the stadium, but I was afraid of getting run over with my car here, so I’m going to walk to work tomorrow.”

Winter storm Landon will continue to bring snowfall to Kent and surrounding areas with another four inches expected by Friday evening, according to Weather Channel. Kent State campuses will resume regular operations at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 5.

Hannah Keil is a journalist. Contact her at [email protected]

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