Another Snow Day

KSU is into its second snow day of the Spring 2011 semester. That means more time for reading and writing!

If you are snowed-in too and need something new to read, you should get caught up on the Mind Hacks blog here. It is the official website for the book by Tom Stafford and Matt Webb, and they regularly update it with interesting links relating to psychology and neuroscience.

We had sleet and freezing rain last night and snow today. According to some folks who have ventured out into the white mess outside, the roads are dangerously slick in places.

My buddy James reported last night that six people were stuck at his work place in Madison, WI, because the bus service stopped running. There were snow drifts in the road and cars either wrecked or got stuck all along the 1/2 mile stretch he had to walk to get home.

I hope that everyone in the storm stays warm and safe.

Apparently Not a Snow Day

I am confused by Kent State University’s decision to hold classes today despite the heavy snow and to not clear sidewalks on the peripheral of campus and leading to the West side of campus. Its bad enough that I live a block from the edge of campus and Y’s and my shoveling last night seemed to have no effect on the relative height of snow on our front walk and the driveway. Additionally, our road, which is directly off highway 59, wasn’t plowed by the time I left the house this morning to teach my 7:45am writing class. If the administration decides to keep the school open on a day like this with heavy lake effect snow, they should take the necessary steps to insure that students and teachers can safely make it to school.

I am however very proud of the 16 students in my first class who braved the inclement weather to participate in peer review on their final research papers. I hope the turnout in my second class is equally strong considering that there is a white blur of snow falling outside my classroom’s second floor window.

UPDATE: 22 students attended my second class. This is great considering that the snow is falling so fast right now that I can see it refilling a recently cleared parking lot across the street from the second building that I teach in.