Winter storm fails to close Westminster

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Slippey Rock University cancelled classes because of the winter weather on Wednesday that also closed public schools in Lawrence and Mercer counties.  The storm slammed the region with freezing rain, ice and at least a half a foot of snow in some places.  In spite of the weather, Westminster College remained open.

Some WC instructors cancelled classes because the road conditions kept them from traveling to campus.  The administration traditionally defers any weather cancelations to individual faculty members.  Most of the 1,600 students at Westminster live on campus.

Some students have complained openly on social media that the College should call off classes when the weather is bad. 

WCN went digging through our YouTube archives and retrieved a story filed by former staffer Jeremiah Patterson in Feb. 2009.  His report mirrors much of the student opinions we're hearing today.

Patterson also interviewed Vice President of Student Affairs Dean Neal Edman for the scoop on the policy used to determine if weather will close the campus. 

While we have a new dean and a new generation of students, the policy remains in tact.


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