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All Eyes on Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy, the slow-moving storm that the media had billed as a once-in-a-lifetime event, is looking a little more common. Meteorologists warn that Boston should expect heavy rain, which will start Sunday night, and winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour, with gusts up to 60 miles per hour on Monday. The Massachusetts coastline is expected to experience winds of 40 to 50 miles per hour, with gusts up to 80 miles per hour.

Peter Fiedler, vice president for administrative services, says the University schedule will proceed as normal on Monday, with no cancellation of classes or other events.

“We are looking at a very windy and rainy day,” says Fiedler. “But at this time there is no reason to take additional precautionary measures other than those that we have put in place.”

Fiedler says the University’s Incident Command Team is conducting conference calls with experts at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service every six hours. He expects to have more information about possible cancellations at 6 p.m. Sunday. That information will be posted on BU Today.

Current precautionary measures include placing the University’s Hurricane Task Force on alert. The task force, made up of representatives from Housing, the Dean of Students, Facilities Management & Planning, BU Police, Human Resources, Parking Services, Dining Services, the Medical Campus, and Emergency Planning and Environmental Health & Safety, is monitoring the storm hour by hour and is ready to act in the event of cancellations, safety concerns, and disruptions to normal schedules.

The Boston University Police Department has put a Hurricane Incident Action Plan in place, and, if necessary, will issue emergency alerts using the BU Alert System. Those alerts are sent via an email blast and banners on the University’s homepage, BU Today, and the BU Emergency page.

BU Today will be the main point of contact throughout the storm. Students, faculty, and staff are urged to visit the site for any updates regarding cancellations, closings, and weather alerts.

Facilities preparations have included a check of all roofs, coordination with NStar, removal of loose materials and small trash barrels, and the rental of two large-capacity generators and two large-capacity portable pumps. Tree removal services are on standby.

Students are urged to make sure that they have flashlights and extra batteries on hand and are warned not to use candles, which are prohibited in student residences. For those who live in campus residences, RAs will have a limited number of flashlights. Students living off-campus are urged to buy flashlights and additional batteries. Emergency officials also urge people to have adequate supplies of food and water on hand, as well as essential medicines and a change of clothing. More information about hurricane preparedness is here.

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John O’Rourke

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102 Comments on All Eyes on Sandy

  • ananymous on 10.28.2012 at 8:57 am

    I think this is kind of ridiculous…. this notification basically says that there are projected 60 mile per hour winds, but students are expected to be out on campus walking around to get to classes. Also, power outages could prevent people from having the resources they need to get to classes (water?). I’m a student and if during the day tomorrow I don’t feel comfortable being outside during the storm, I don’t plan on going to class and don’t think I should be penalized for it. I live far from campus and a few weeks ago was concerned about 20 mph winds, let alone 60.

    • Jen on 10.28.2012 at 5:14 pm

      Governor Patrick just announced (on CNN) that all schools and colleges are urged to cancel classes tomorrow in order to keep roads clear for emergency personnel. I’m hoping we get notification of BU closure soon.

      • John on 10.28.2012 at 5:27 pm

        They’ve said they’re going to announce an update at 6pm. I’m assuming that’s what we’re going to hear (I know that a few schools in the area are already closed, so fingers crossed).

      • Anon on 10.28.2012 at 5:38 pm

        Ain’t gonna happen until someone gets speared in the chest by a flying umbrella

    • britt on 10.28.2012 at 5:44 pm

      This would make sense. As a massive university with numerous far away commuters-I live at the end of the B line by BC and I’m considered close-I can only imagine they would be wise to shut it down. With how bad the B line is on a sunny day I doubt it will survive running normally tomorrow!

  • agree with anonymous on 10.28.2012 at 11:53 am

    This IS ridiculous. The article warns us to gather supplies in case of power outages and mentions 60 mph winds, yet refers to it as a “a very windy and rainy day,” and says we should travel to classes. If it’s really just a windy and rainy day, why is the university bothering with ANY of the precautions that the article mentions, such as the rental of large generators? Obviously if the university feels the need to rent generators, this is more than a typical windy and rainy day and should be treated as such.

  • Mike on 10.28.2012 at 11:58 am

    The administration should be ashamed of itself. I cannot believe that they have the nerve to put my child in danger. They ask these students to “Dare to Be Great” and are instead daring them to unnecessarily test nature.

    The administration should amend the slogan to “Dare to Be Morons.” Shame on you BU.

  • anonymous on 10.28.2012 at 12:04 pm

    I agree. Winds up to 60 MPH? This will cause for falling branches and flying debris, which can be very dangerous for students going to class. Not to mention for faculty and staff reaching the University.

  • McGee on 10.28.2012 at 12:46 pm

    If New York City thinks this storm is dangerous enough to shut down their public transit system, I don’t understand why the administration thinks it’s okay for students to be walking outside… BU does not have its shortage of trees and there will be plenty of projectiles flying around. Don’t know about you guys but I’ll be staying inside.

    • some dude on 10.29.2012 at 9:48 pm

      FWIW, BU isn’t in New York City. The storm is obviously bad in Boston, but how it is in New York isn’t the greatest predictor.

  • Mike Smith on 10.28.2012 at 12:46 pm

    Everyone should go here and let BU know how you feel:

    http://www.bu.edu/dos/2012/10/28/boston-university-hurricane-sandy/#more-3688

  • Lori on 10.28.2012 at 12:58 pm

    I have seen NOTHING about this storm looking “a little more common”!!! I don’t know where BU is getting it”s information!!! All news media and weather advisories say “honker down and plan for the worse”! I am SHOCKED by BU advise to my precious child! This makes me question the judgment of this university’s administration! My child is far from home and in harm’s way and the university administration that I have trusted to make reasonable recommendations and accommodations for her is FAILING!!!

  • Apoorva on 10.28.2012 at 12:58 pm

    University should consider safety measures more seriously. They are talking as if they can forecast everything that will happen tomorrow and as if 60 mph winds is a very common day to day thing. They should realise that students do not have cars to come to campus like most administartive staff!

  • Stephanie on 10.28.2012 at 1:07 pm

    SO stupid.

  • ughokay on 10.28.2012 at 1:34 pm

    I hope students are smart enough to take their safety into their own hands and disregard what the university says. Anyone with access to the weather channel and has an IQ that’s in the double digits knows that this storm is going to be ugly.

  • Cady on 10.28.2012 at 1:34 pm

    A lot of the admin staff take the T. We’re just as concerned.

  • No on 10.28.2012 at 1:38 pm

    This is ridiculous. “‘But at this time there is no reason to take additional precautionary measures other than those that we have put in place.’” Some of us are not even going to be able to get to class, including professors. If you don’t make a school-wide cancellation, teachers will just make their own cancellations. Guaranteed. If there are power outages, there could be no running water. Comm ave is a wind tunnel as it is, can’t imagine it with gusts up to 60 mph. come on BU.

  • BU Parent (West Coast) on 10.28.2012 at 1:41 pm

    Most buildings have a maximum stress level of 90 miles per hour winds, so with forecasted winds near 80 miles per hour, this is quite serious. Other areas affected are closing public transportation systems and public school systems. It appears that BU decision makers are not taking this weather threat serious enough to protect the students and staff. Accidents are bound to happen with people, cars, buses and trains mixing it up in high wind and high rain areas.

    Its always good advice to plan for the worst and pray for the best!

  • Chief Kief on 10.28.2012 at 1:42 pm

    Let’s all stop acting like little girls when I was in school I used to walk 8 miles in the snow and that was just to get to my bus stop

    • ScrewBU on 10.28.2012 at 2:03 pm

      Did you also have to walk uphill both ways? Spare us your reminiscent, exaggerated, childhood tales.

      • chris on 10.28.2012 at 5:18 pm

        someone forgot to turn on their sarcasm detector

    • Carl Vartian on 10.28.2012 at 3:17 pm

      Luxury!

  • Lisa on 10.28.2012 at 1:46 pm

    Boston University, I thought you could handle yourself more appropriately in a situation like this. Boston is already a windy city as it is. I’m from New York and it’s usually windier here than back home. Especially for residents living near the Charles River. Based off of history, it’s more important to close the school down for a day than to have students risk their lives trucking off to class as well as professors. Some professors drive here or take the T – neither which will be safe. I hope students take precautions and if you feel uncomfortable walking outside then please DON’T GO TO CLASS. It’s not a common occurrence. Stop being so selfish and give your students and professors a day off. Not all of us live on campus. BOSTON is a CITY. Commuters are everywhere.

  • Drew on 10.28.2012 at 1:47 pm

    This is ridiculous. One day off of classes is too much of a hassle to organize even in the context of saftey? Really, BU?

    • Lisa on 10.28.2012 at 1:56 pm

      Yeah, I don’t get it? Does it cost a lot of money to shut down the school for a day?

  • Really, Chief Kief? on 10.28.2012 at 2:04 pm

    There is a difference between walking in the snow and going through 60mph winds with rain and likely a couple tree limbs flying around. I’m all for New England heartiness and going through rough weather, but there is a difference between being able to go through some snow or rain and being an idiot.

  • anonymous on 10.28.2012 at 2:05 pm

    I am traveling back to campus on Sunday night from New York by bus, but I may not be able to get back tonight. Several buses have been canceled due to the hurricane, and the New York City subway is going to stop running by 7 pm. Many students and faculty staff, in both Boston and New York, will be taking public transportation to get to their classes on Monday, but are they all willing to risk their lives on the train when a falling branch might crash into it or them? If New York is taking precautions to ensure that its residents will be safe, then should the University not do the same as well?

  • Rebecca on 10.28.2012 at 2:08 pm

    BU administration at its finest. I’m really looking forward to getting struck down by flying debris on my way to class tomorrow. I understand Boston and New York are two separate cities, but if NYC is shutting down public transportation until Tuesday and the winds are going to be up to 60 mph then the “Hurricane Task Force” should be taking this a whole lot more seriously.

  • Commuter on 10.28.2012 at 2:29 pm

    I worry a bit about part-time students driving in for 7-10 PM classes on Monday night.

  • Rebecca on 10.28.2012 at 2:43 pm

    Respectfully, I’d like to ask the BU administration if they are considering the safety and well-being of the faculty and staff who have to drive into campus tomorrow.

  • Concerned on 10.28.2012 at 2:53 pm

    All Boston public schools are closed. I think that’s a pretty good sign that we should be too.

    Come on, BU! One day of no school is nothing compared to the safety of students, faculty, and staff!

  • no on 10.28.2012 at 2:58 pm

    This is ridiculous. Cancel class. Please.

  • BU student and Biker on 10.28.2012 at 3:02 pm

    This is absolutely ridiculously…this is or is just about a category 1 hurricane…many may say take public transportation but whos to say the T will still be running. To burden students with responsibilty to transport ourselves in this weather is such a liability. I live off campus and dont feel safe biking in these conditions…if the T is not running what do we do? I want an administrator to answer this concern…how are we expected to get to class?

  • Student on 10.28.2012 at 3:19 pm

    THIS IS RIDICULOUS! They CLEARLY don’t give a hoot about our safety at all. If someone gets hurt, God forbid, they are going to get the wrath of the media.

  • Joe on 10.28.2012 at 3:23 pm

    This is madness, please don’t risk students safety. There will be injuries if people travel outside tomorrow.

  • Commuter on 10.28.2012 at 3:24 pm

    Please cancel classes tomorrow. This is going to cause so many people stress.

  • Dina C on 10.28.2012 at 3:32 pm

    If the mayor of Boston has deemed it unsafe for students to go to their schools, the fact that BU is an urban campus only amplifies the stupidity of the administration’s decision to maintain a regular schedule.

    College students are just as vulnerable as any individual who is walking on the street. My child should not be put into danger. And if their students’ safety isn’t BU’s priority, shame on you, administration.

  • Also Commuting on 10.28.2012 at 3:33 pm

    Really ridiculous. If the administration refuses to cancel classes they need to, at the very least, not penalize students who are unwilling to put themselves at risk. No unexcused absences given, allow exam rescheduling, etc.

  • Concerned Student on 10.28.2012 at 3:56 pm

    Someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but I think the real issue is the lack of information on Tuesday classes. I, like many other students, am located far enough away from class buildings that getting to classes through the high winds and rain would be dangerous through tomorrow’s weather, but the weather is expected to worsen and continue at a high intensity through Tuesday night. Maybe there could be a debate about classes on Monday morning, but if there’s no cancellation for Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning students like myself will be forced to choose between missing midterms or risking injury. That is not a choice the university should be forcing on us. I just hope enough angry parents call that BU is forced to pretend student safety is a priority.

  • concerned parent on 10.28.2012 at 3:59 pm

    I am so upset that BU has chosen to downplay this event. These gusts being predicted are of enough force to propel flying debris into a weapon. A weapon that could injure a student. Local schools have closed in order to keep students safe. BU should take into consideration almost ALL students have long walks to various buildings around campus and asking them to be out in what has created an Emergency Declaration by the governor or risk missing a class is just.well…not up to the standards BU preached to me during my Parent Orientation.

  • blah blah on 10.28.2012 at 4:00 pm

    close the school. cancel the classes. easy.

  • EDUCATION! on 10.28.2012 at 4:06 pm

    I dont think BU should cancel classes. How can I DARE TO BE GREAT if im not in class!!!??? Exactly.
    Game. Set. Match
    Your move angry BU students and faculty

  • GH on 10.28.2012 at 4:09 pm

    CANCEL OUR CLASSES! This is a matter of safety.

  • Anonymous on 10.28.2012 at 4:10 pm

    As a law student at BU, I think the university so be aware that negligently exposing their students to dangers like this could lead to tons of lawsuits, not to mention unnecessary harms. Just give us Monday off and cancel class. This is WHACK.

  • BU parent on 10.28.2012 at 4:11 pm

    Cancel classes for tomorrow if a student is injuried by flying debree. I am sure you that parents will file a law suit!

  • Anonymous on 10.28.2012 at 4:11 pm

    As if the University hasn’t gotten enough terrible PR this year. Way to go, BU. Endanger the lives of students and faculty members because one day of class is too important to miss.

  • Staff on 10.28.2012 at 4:12 pm

    Many faculty, staff, and students commute into campus. Mayor Menino is urging employers to focus on their employees’ safety, and all nonessential government workers are being urged to stay home tomorrow. Why would BU require its employees and students to face dangerous commutes?

  • Mangoli De la Portas on 10.28.2012 at 4:15 pm

    This is making me SOOOO STRESSFUL!!!

    BU administration take action, and QUICKLY! We cannot even concentrate in our studying like that.

    Sincerely,

    Mangoli De la Portas,
    PAO13

    • Pasteli Van Panjouren on 10.29.2012 at 8:36 pm

      Bravo! Will tell my kid to to take example from you.
      But please don’t get stressed.
      To be good !
      BU Parent

  • JC on 10.28.2012 at 4:16 pm

    It’s 4:00 on Sunday, and I’ve barely heard anything in regards to BU’s plans for tomorrow even though Boston Public Schools have already cancelled. There’s also been a state of emergency declared. I have to commute to the Medical Campus from Brighton for classes – how am I supposed to travel safely in 60+ mph gusts? Although the hurricane will touch down in New Jersey/New York, it’s been continually noted that New England will be pounded by equally intense winds and damage. I don’t feel confident or safe getting to BU’s Medical Campus via the T and Shuttle Bus, but I don’t want to be penalized by my professors for not showing up. It would be nice to hear from BU on an answer to this soon, and not tomorrow morning at 7:00AM as possibly planned on the Medical Campus.

  • Cat on 10.28.2012 at 4:18 pm

    If the president says to take the hurricane seriously, BU needs to take it seriously as well.

  • Concerned on 10.28.2012 at 4:18 pm

    Is one or two days of classes really worth the safety of all your students, the lawsuits the university will face when someone gets hurt and the stress of everyone? BU should stop being so concerned with the perception that others will get. Above all else, Boston University’s main responsibility is to provide us with an education in a SAFE and HEALTHY environment

  • Tom Marvolo Riddle on 10.28.2012 at 4:22 pm

    What is the problem to miss classes?

  • Jess on 10.28.2012 at 4:30 pm

    I don’t get why BU won’t cancel. Boston Public is closed and so is Chelsea which is right next to Boston…makes no sense. Theres a big chance that most students wont even bother going to class if they have to commute or even go from West to East.

  • Anon on 10.28.2012 at 4:35 pm

    This entire thread of comments reflects the city’s state of mind at the moment, and BU should be rethinking its policies for tomorrow. Dozens of schools around the Boston area have canceled classes for tomorrow. The mayor has urged businesses to allow employees to skip a day of work. The fact that BU is smack in the middle of the city should make it even more of a reason to cancel class for the day; hundreds of students are either walking to class (my commute is a 15-minute walk, under many trees) or on the public transportation system, which will probably experience cancellations or SEVERE delays due to the storm tomorrow.

    As everyone else has said, it’s hilarious how BU is alerting students to take safety precautions – stock up on supplies, buy flashlights, stay away from windows, but OH, it’s okay to go outside to get to class! It does not add up. It makes no sense, BU!

    Either way, I’ve already decided to gauge the situation for myself and ABSOLUTELY NOT attend classes tomorrow if I feel like it may be dangerous to go outside. This is my decision, and BU should be ashamed for keeping the schedule as is during one of the biggest storms to ever hit the U.S.

  • J on 10.28.2012 at 4:36 pm

    At least cancel the evening classes. There are so many part-time students who have to drive into Boston and then back out. It isn’t safe.

  • Emma on 10.28.2012 at 4:38 pm

    This is not the first time that Boston has been hit with “the Storm of the Century”. I remember a few years ago there being a storm like this, I think it was Irene. The university cancelled classes, the T stopped running, you would have thought we were in Florida! It ended up barely even raining! I’m sure that the university will cancel classes as they see fit but only once they know it is absolutely necessary.

    • Betty on 10.28.2012 at 5:11 pm

      Umm… Irene knocked down a forty foot tree in front of my apartment in brighton, crushing two cars and blocking the whole street. Thats more than “barely even raining”. It doesn’t have to be torrential downpour to be dangerous conditions…

    • Todd on 10.28.2012 at 5:46 pm

      Irene was last year and was a major storm.

  • Marcellus Wallace on 10.28.2012 at 4:40 pm

    Can we please just admit that nobody is actually really concerned about wind/rain/flying debris/apocalypse and we all just want a day or two off?

  • concerned student on 10.28.2012 at 4:46 pm

    If classes are cancelled i want a $500 reimbursement for every lecture i miss!

  • Relax on 10.28.2012 at 4:46 pm

    Wait till 6 PM at least before you go all BU bashing…
    And while you do here is what the others are doing (afaic):
    Harvard – Come to class or take a personal day off:
    http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/10/severe-weather-update/
    MIT:
    http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/
    BC:

    Relax…no harm in being prepared but what good does BU bashing achieve?

  • Hey, BU, listen to the governor on 10.28.2012 at 4:50 pm

    The governor just said that all non-essential personnel should remain home and urged private agencies to issue the same order to their employees.

    So BU, this means that classes should be cancelled. Professors, other faculty and staff, should be able to stay home and stay safe. Students should, of course, remain in their dorms as well.

    This storm is obviously NOT common and the university needs to step up and recognize that.

  • Nope on 10.28.2012 at 4:52 pm

    I don’t care if there are classes, I’m not going to them. Not in this.

  • Just wow. on 10.28.2012 at 4:53 pm

    Forget this. I’m not going to classes if the weather is bad. Thank you so much BU for making my regret my decision to come here. It’s been great, but maybe if you can’t take everyone’s safety serious, I might have to consider transferring to a school that does care

  • Kate Evelyn on 10.28.2012 at 4:56 pm

    Okay, this is ridiculous. You could see gusts of 80 mph and it’s perfectly okay for students to be walking outside to classes?? Almost every other school–yes, including universities–has wisely shut down. Staying open does not prove anything positive about the school. How does the administration’s deciding to open the school despite the risks reflect anything but foolish stupidity??? BU will have a lot to answer for if someone gets hurt.

  • Kevin on 10.28.2012 at 4:57 pm

    Great call not to cancel. Though I wouldn’t mind a day off.

  • Brian on 10.28.2012 at 5:04 pm

    The governor was just on TV urging schools, colleges, and private businesses to close and telling everyone to stay indoors…

  • eddie on 10.28.2012 at 5:07 pm

    booo whoooo go to class and shut up!

  • BU parent on 10.28.2012 at 5:08 pm

    The Governer is saying to close schools. I don’t understand this and another thing is I don’t understand is why Bently University has generators for there resident halls and BU does not!

  • Annoymous on 10.28.2012 at 5:09 pm

    Good job again BU! I pay 50k a year and now I have to risk my life to get to class in this storm… bravo!

  • Anon on 10.28.2012 at 5:12 pm

    C’mon! We’re pretty much one of the only schools staying at this point. I bet the teachers are annoyed too. No one wants to come to work in a storm.

    • Ben on 10.28.2012 at 5:23 pm

      Actually, almost none of the local colleges have called off classes. MIT, BC, Harvard, Suffolk, Northeastern, Brandeis, UMass Boston, Tufts, etc. are doing the same, intelligent thing as BU: waiting until they get all the facts before making a decision.

      • Ben's Dad on 10.28.2012 at 5:45 pm

        Ben,

        UMass Boston is cancelled, like all public Universities in our great state.

        I brought you up as what I believed to be a reasonable boy, but when you look at our governor in his face when he pleads with these schools to close, and you shun him. Ben…what have you done?

        Perhaps I have failed as a father.

      • S-Anon on 10.28.2012 at 6:10 pm

        Actually, most of what you have mentioned have actually closed. So.

  • Seather on 10.28.2012 at 5:13 pm

    The administration should be ashamed of itself.

    Many students, including me, are not used to storms like this one. It goes without saying that with 60 MPH winds forecasted for tuesday, many projectiles will fly around and could be dangerous. Besides, if other cities are taking this hurricane seriously, it means that they have a reason to do so …

    This is ridiculous. Saving money instead of saving lives

    • Kevin on 10.28.2012 at 5:25 pm

      First of all, how is BU getting any profit out of this? Shutting down the facilities saves money, and they don’t make up missed days like grade schools. Isn’t keeping the university open costing BU money? The idea that they’re staying open to save money is totally false.

      And besides, you said it yourself; the 60 MPH winds are forecasted for Tuesday, so why not force students to go to class Monday?

  • Anonymous on 10.28.2012 at 5:16 pm

    With all due respect, BU will not alter its schedule unless an incident of BU member’s death or injury occurred during the hurricane.

    Oooooooooh the irony, only acts when it is already too late.

  • BU STUDENT on 10.28.2012 at 5:18 pm

    This is absurd. We get an email from BU about all the necessary precautionary measures, yet it’s only supposed to be “windy and rainy” tomorrow? If anything happens to students tomorrow, including myself, I can guarantee there will be lawsuits, and my parents will be one of them. This is pure shameful decisions on BU, ONE day off will not be so devastating.

    • G on 10.28.2012 at 5:56 pm

      Funny you mentioned that. Being a BU student myself I received no e-mail. At least you got something from BU!

  • Megs on 10.28.2012 at 5:21 pm

    As a Boston Public School teacher thankfully our Mayor and Superintendent have taken the safety of their students and staff seriously and cancelled classes tomorrow due to the possible dangers of Hurricane Sandy. As a parent of a BU student I am hoping that those who make the decisions on cancellation take our Governor’s urging at a recent MEMA press conference very seriously to close all schools and colleges and universities and make the right call for BU students and staff. Falling wires, trees, debris are not what I want my daughter to have to deal with as she commutes from off campus housing into class. I have urged her to stay safe and if that means making the decision not to go to class that is fine by me. Please consider the safety of our children and the BU staff!

  • Anonymous on 10.28.2012 at 5:27 pm

    update coming at 6 PM people!!! i would hope after hearing Deval’s press conference they will make adjustments!! just hang tight and hope they make some smart decisions. i could use a day to catch up on my homework HEHEHAHA

  • BU student on 10.28.2012 at 5:28 pm

    http://boston.cbslocal.com/closings/

    updated list of schools that are closed tomorrow

  • Thomas Ed on 10.28.2012 at 5:30 pm

    it will feel like driving a convertible with its top down on a highway. safe? i dont know.

  • Todd on 10.28.2012 at 5:42 pm

    The Mayor shut down all public schools and City Hall for tomorrow. Maybe BU should follow his lead.

  • Concerned Student on 10.28.2012 at 5:45 pm

    As a student that have night classes at BU I’m very concerned about having classes tomorrow. I have to drive and I wont feel safe DRIVING to school. This is ridiculous!! Come one BU, put our safety on first place.

  • anonymous on 10.28.2012 at 5:47 pm

    I’m a student, and I’m sorry, but with having classes tomorrow.. I’m going to have to skip. I live on the opposite end of campus from where my classes are and I don’t feel safe walking along one of biggest and busiest streets in Boston in 60MPH winds and rain. I’m risking my life for one day classes. I really do hope BU changes their mind and cancels classes for tomorrow.

  • Heywood Jablowmie on 10.28.2012 at 5:50 pm

    The fact that both the governer and the mayor have already urged all schools and universities to close down in preparation for this perfect storm, and BU has yet to even acknowledge the seriousness of this Hurricane is simply idiotic. If my son is hit by a flying cow than I swear that BU will no longer have the money it now has. It only takes one injured student for this to turn into a massive issue which will cause BU to regret trying to uphold their reputation of being the least logical when it comes to making safety a priority.

  • Robadocious on 10.28.2012 at 5:51 pm

    Y’all are wimps im gonna run a 7 mile tempo in this stuff tomorrow

    • Anon on 10.28.2012 at 6:00 pm

      That’s the right attitude. I’ll probably do the same thing :)

  • Anon on 10.28.2012 at 5:52 pm

    Let’s all be honest here. No one that’s angry is actually worried about getting hurt. Everyone here just wants a free day off, including me and there’s no shame in admitting that. I’ve been checking the weather consistently and Boston is probably getting the least force of the hurricane. Western MA is going to get hit harder than Boston.

    • S-Anon on 10.28.2012 at 6:03 pm

      I am and worried about getting hurt! I’m only 100 pounds, if that sometimes. I have trouble walking with 20mph winds. Winds this strong, especially those gusts, could easily knock me over, even knock me out. Not to mention the scaffolding outside my dormitory which could easily be knocked down in those types of winds. So there’s your debris. I’m really scared of getting hurt, and I’ve seen my fair share of large storms.

  • SPH on 10.28.2012 at 5:54 pm

    If the classes are held, as a TA I will have no choice but to show up.
    Light just went out in my house in Newton for a brief couple of seconds. The storm has not started yet…

  • Anonymous on 10.28.2012 at 5:55 pm

    The people fearing for their lives is funny to me. What tree branches on Comm. Ave are you worried about falling on you? No one is going to die from some strong winds and rain while they walk down the street.

    • Hmm... on 10.28.2012 at 6:00 pm

      How about tree branches on Bay State?

  • BU student on 10.28.2012 at 5:59 pm

    This reminds me of last winter. BU was the only school open in the whole Boston area during the snow storm. So… expecting classes tomorrow people!

  • Anon on 10.28.2012 at 6:02 pm

    MCPHS cancelled.. public schools cancelled.. but BU won’t cancel even though I have to walk all the way to class in the storm and risk having an accident. In my three years here there isn’t a single day when I don’t regret coming to this school.

    • BU Spirit on 10.28.2012 at 6:07 pm

      Listen, if you have regretted coming to BU every single day for the last three years, then that is your problem for staying, regardless of this hurricane situation.

  • none on 10.28.2012 at 6:02 pm

    @anonymous. You should take a safety class.

  • GangnamStyle on 10.28.2012 at 6:06 pm

    Please don’t close school tomorrow, and I want to get hit by a tree branch or a flying cow, you don’t normally get to experience this kind of thrill during Halloween.

  • BU Parent on 10.28.2012 at 8:36 pm

    Hurracaine is part of my life. I’m worried about my daugther who lives at Bay State Rd. What about security provided against Hurraine????? 60 to 80 miles per hr ?????

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