24, 2002, Gazette)
Memorials St. Johns campus and the Marine Institute shut their
doors three times in the last two weeks as weather played havoc with road
conditions across the east coast of the island.
The first closure came Jan. 16 when the capital city received a record-breaking
37 centimetres of snow and high winds.
Then another big storm hit the city this week. It started Tuesday with
24 centimetres of snow falling throughout the day. With more snow in the
morning of Jan. 23, and winds gusting up to 100 km/hr, the university
remained closed until 1 p.m.
University Relations director Victoria Collins said the decision to close
is made by the president after consultation with Facilities Management
Director Darrell Miles. Mr. Miles spends the early morning hours on stormy
days consulting with officials at City Hall, MetroBus, Environment Canada
and members of his staff, among others, before offering his best judgement
to the president.
When a decision is made, that information is communicated by University
Relations, said Ms. Collins. If there is a closure, the news gets out
through local radio stations, through the MUN Web site and the BANNER
Meanwhile, its been business as usual at MUNs Corner Brook
campus, Grenfell College. So far weather conditions have necessitated
the cancellation of only one session of evening classes at Grenfell, due
to a storm that occurred more than two weeks ago. Snow has been accumulating
daily, but thats mostly good news for the snow-related activities
that many Grenfell faculty, staff and students participate in - downhill
and cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and other outdoor
winter activities. With the Corner Brook Winter Carnival right around
the corner, most west coast residents are looking forward to even more
of the white stuff.
The weather is not all bad news for the St. Johns campus. The MUNSU
winter carnival, Winter Blast 2002, is underway until Feb. 2.