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YHC reacts to snow

January 27, 2011

By Emily Hadden, Staff Writer

Many YHC faculty, staff and students woke up to find their driveways covered in snow during the first weeks of classes. Photo by Ashton Jones

In the state of Georgia, snowfall is a very rare occurrence.  At first, most celebrate the joys of the fluffy, white mass covering the ground. However, after a day or so, the realization of being stranded comes into play.

At the beginning of the semester here at YHC, the snow, which turned into ice, became a huge problem for students and faculty members.

Laci Scott stated, “My shoes needed more traction than my tires” in regard to the slippery sidewalks.

Because of the weather, YHC had to delay the start of the semester which put the school behind schedule. Many students and faculty members were not able to travel due to the inclement weather. The roads were covered with snow and ice which made for a dangerous drive.

According to www.weather.com, the city of Young Harris received 2.1 in. of snowfall.

During the storm, the college used the YHC notification system.  The college was able to keep students and faculty updated on the weather and the delays to start school. YHC has an Emergency Cancellation and Closing policy for fires, power failures and severe weather. Disruption to the normal operations of the college may result in the closure of the school.

“Young Harris College places the highest priority on the safety and well being of its students, faculty and staff. Everyone is encouraged to exercise extreme caution when traveling under hazardous conditions,” said the YHC webpage.

Many students had already moved back in to their residence halls in front of the storm. Beginning on Monday, January 10, maintenance attempted to clear paths for the students. First priority was to clear a path to the cafeteria along with handicap ramps so that students would not be deprived of meals. Next, a path to the recreation center was cleared to give the students an option to rid themselves of cabin fever.

Kaitlin Naumik said with relief, “The rec center kept me from going crazy, because I was running out of things to do while stuck in my room.”

After taking care of these two concerns, maintenance started working around campus clearing as much snow and ice as they could.  They did this by shoveling and using de-icer which consists of salt, gravel, and sand. Some students even volunteered to help clear the campus of ice to make the paths safe for walking.

Although the weather caused many problems, the snowfall was not all that bad.  Students on campus enjoyed snowball fights, making snow angels and sledding on our mountainous campus.  Some went as far as building a fort, giant snow men (and snow women) and even a snow yeti named Archimedes.

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