January 29th, 2019 at 3:54 PM ^

I'm sorry but what's ridiculous about not wanting 40,000 students, faculty, and staff walking around outside from class to class when the wind chill is going to be between -25 and -40. That's cold enough to cause the onset of frostbite to exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes. It would be ridiculous not to cancel classes. I don't know if this is a schtick or if you're serious but either way please keep your mouth shut.

L'Carpetron Do…

January 29th, 2019 at 4:01 PM ^

For real, I was there from 2000-2004 and it seemed like it was university policy to never cancel classes no matter what. This obviously made going to class miserable (and dangerous) and seriously made me hate my experience there during my freshman year. The urban legend was that some punk ass law student years ago had sued the school after a snow day because the U was denying the educational services he was paying for (don't know if that's true or not but it wouldn't surprise me if it was).  I'm glad to see they've come to their senses.  

But, will the game tonight be canceled?

Coach Carr Camp

January 29th, 2019 at 5:55 PM ^

I was there about the same time and remember that urban legend. Pretty sure the Daily did an article at some point where they looked into if there was any truth to it and found no evidence that had ever happened. The reality was the University thought that because most their students walked to class anyways there was no need to cancel. 


January 29th, 2019 at 11:46 PM ^

I was at UM from Fall 81 thru Fall 85 - remember this story well, even as a frosh. The story is the Blizzard of 1978, which was a super nasty historic storm that shutdown the state, caused UM to cancel classes. Yes, the rumor (maybe true) was that a law student or group of students sued for a "refund" for the missed day or two.

The winter of 1981-82 was not only super cold but record snow for the time. Luckily I was in South Quad and had all my classes on main campus. That winter, the Chargers played at Cincy for the AFC Championship in -59 below wind chill (-50 by the new formula). We all knew as students there was no way class would ever be cancelled, thanks to the lawsuit or threat thereof. 

Some of the laws have been reformed to prevent BS like what happened in 1978, so glad to see safety is not compromised. 

That said, would have been quite trashed by this time of night if I had been a student at the OSU game knowing classes were cancelled. 


January 29th, 2019 at 4:37 PM ^

Stepping aside from individual types of going out (I imagine my local mall is packed today), there's a difference between individuals making a voluntarily choice to endure the risk and difficulty of potentially dangerous weather, and an institution with 40,000 students holding normal operations that may compel some of those students to endure dangerous conditions that they are neither prepared for nor eager to encounter. 

If 37,970 students are perfectly fine with the weather and would all go out to restaurants and shopping centers if there is no class, and 30 people would not do so and lack the proper clothing but go out anyway because they don't want to miss a key lecture, and those 30 people get serious frostbite and/or hypothermia, that's a big news story and everyone is rightly angry at the administration for exposing those 30 to danger. 

I imagine that there are more than 30 people who will want to reduce their exposure to this weather in Ann Arbor. 


January 29th, 2019 at 3:54 PM ^

That doesn't seem ridiculous to me.  It is pretty extreme weather.

Penn State, my alma mater - last week they closed campus on a day where it was 40 in the morning, falling to 25 in the afternoon behind a cold front, with 1-2 inches of total snow expected.  In other words: it was a fairly normal January day.  Anyway, THAT was ridiculous.


January 29th, 2019 at 4:48 PM ^

Times have changed --- I was at Penn State during the January 1994 cold snap.  This was a very big cold snap --- set all-time record lows that still stand for Columbus, Akron and Pittsburgh. 

Harrisburg (the Pennsylvania state government) put the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania into emergency operations - all non-essential state organizations needed to close to preserve fuel and such.

Penn State (Joab Thomas, the President before Spanier) actually defied the PA governor and said NO, we're staying open.  So, off to class I went.


January 29th, 2019 at 4:04 PM ^

Impressively, wind chills are still lower than -40 through most of the state in the afternoon. It's cold out there.

Beautiful, too. There was lake effect dusting most of the day yesterday, drifting around, coating most roads with some snow, blowing through the air. No clouds, of course. Just bright sun, and bitterly cold temps, and windswept vistas.

Magnificent desolation. 


January 29th, 2019 at 4:02 PM ^

Hotel, we're Minnesotans here, we know cold. But, I mean...