Snow delays student arrivals

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by Rebecca Adams
Guest Writer

Bryan campus was dusted in snow for several days causing many students to arrive late.
Bryan campus was dusted in snow for several days causing many students to arrive late.

Dayton, Tenn. has been in an uproar this past week. The latest snow storm that arrived on the night of Sunday, Jan. 9 has delayed schools, caused accidents and postponed events. Bryan is among one of the many colleges affected by this storm. Although the campus was closed on Monday, Bryan chose to open Tuesday, which was earlier than many other colleges. According to Bruce Morgan, dean of community life, approximately fifty students arrived to school late.

Director of Physical Plant, Doug Schott, played a major role to conquer the potential dangers caused by the snow. However, he said he had a lot of help from his fellow workers, student volunteers, Dan Fry (a local vendor and Bryan graduate), and the City of Dayton road crews. Schott explained that even though the campus was closed on Monday, two workers still came into work to start the clean up process. The Physical Plant staff used various pieces of equipment, including a backhoe and a skid steer, to clear the snow from sidewalks and parking lots.

The safety of students, faculty and staff is of utmost importance to Bryan, and although Schott made this his goal, those walking around campus still slipped and fell around the icy patches.

“This is a lesson to all that despite our best efforts to minimize the problem, we all need to be careful when out and about in the wake of a snow or ice storm,” Schott said.

In spite of the challenges snow can cause, it also serves as a source of entertainment and excitement. Several students enjoyed this change of climate by sledding down hills, making snowmen or having snowball fights.

“The snow stopped time almost and gave people a chance to slow down and enjoy God’s creation,” freshman Carolyn Evans said.

Left to right, freshman Allison Baker, junior Luke Lillard, sophomore Mike Bautista and senior Rachel Hewitt pose with thier snow lion./Photo courtesy of junior Sarah Becker
Left to right, freshman Allison Baker, junior Luke Lillard, sophomore Mike Bautista and senior Rachel Hewitt pose with thier snow lion./Photo courtesy of junior Sarah Becker