CORVALLIS, Ore. – Monday was supposed to be the first day of final examinations for students at Oregon State University, but the winter weather forced the campus to close.
Despite the sunny weather, the sub-freezing temperatures are keeping the snow from melting and the ice on roads from thawing. OSU closed at noon on Friday, and decided Sunday afternoon to close campus on Monday.
“Of course Friday everyone woke up to about six inches of snow, and that of course put a dent in plans,” said Bill Fech, an instructor at OSU.
Fech says he, among other members of the faculty, had final projects due Friday.
“So we’ve had to play catch-up and try to get those re-scheduled for this week, but anything that was re-scheduled for today of course is getting pushed back to later this week as well,” he said.
A senior at OSU, Amanda Schulberg, says her roommate had her final examination rescheduled from Monday to Friday, delaying her plans to go home. Her roommate only lives a few hours again. But Schulberg says one of her teammates on the gymnastics team had a ticket to fly out to Australia after her examination on Monday.
“The teacher still let her take it today so she could fly out,” she said. “But I can’t even imagine what I’d do if I wasn’t able to do that. So many students have made these flight plans months in advance.”
Fech says his colleagues also have students who have flights to catch. But he says most faculty members are accommodating students on a case-by-case basis.
But Fech says the campus closure wasn’t the only issue. All buildings are closed on campus, including the library, which is usually open around the clock during finals week.
“I mean with the library being closed – that’s home base for thousands of students each day,” he said. “And especially this time of the year.”
One student is auditioning for a wind symphony on Wednesday, and he couldn’t get into the music building to practice.
“I live in the dorms and they’re under 22-hour quiet hours,” said Ben Asay. “And they won’t let me play anywhere in there. The MU is closed and so is Benton Hall, where the practice rooms are. So this was the only place I could find really.”
Asay set up in the library’s courtyard. Though he says he would rather practice indoors, other students who walked by said the music uplifted the mood of campus. Hardly anyone was on campus on Monday, but one student said the jazz music brought life to all of campus.
Oregon State is on a delayed start on Tuesday, opening its doors at 9 am. Finals that are scheduled at 7:30 am and 8:00 pm will be rescheduled later in the week. Oregon State will post a final schedule on the registrar’s website after 7:00 pm on Monday at: http://oregonstate.edu/registrar/