Emergency BU Alert Boston University's Charles River Campus is cancelling evening classes on Monday, February 8, 2016. All academic and administrative activities (e.g. classes, seminars and meetings) that are scheduled to take place before 5:00 PM will meet as scheduled. Academic and administrative operations that are normally scheduled to occur after 5:00 PM will be cancelled. For detailed information on the Boston University Medical Campus, please go to: http://www.bu.edu/ehs/comm Please note: Employees in essential services must report as scheduled. Essential services include, but are not limited to, University Police, Facilities Management and Planning, University Dining Services, University Mail Services, Student Health Services, Environmental Health & Safety and Network Services. For the latest information please go to: http://www.bu.edu/today

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Charles River Campus Covered in White

Cleanup proceeds, along with snow angel parties


The most powerful winter storm to hit Boston in several years, bringing two feet of snow and winds up to 65 miles per hour, closed the Charles River Campus on Friday and sent many Medical Campus employees home at noon. University administrators say it is too soon to tell if either campus will be open on Monday.

Tom Daley, associate vice president of Facilities Management & Planning, says the cleanup on campus is going smoothly, with at least 100 people working since 5 a.m. Saturday, and with 20 trucks hauling snow from sidewalks and parking lots. Students have found other ways to use the snow: several hundred reportedly gathered on the Esplanade late last night, called by a Facebook invitation to make snow angels.

Public transportation in Boston and the suburbs is not running on Sunday, and the MBTA said it hopes to restore service by Monday. A statewide travel ban that started at 4 p.m. Friday was lifted at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Craig Hill, vice president of Auxiliary Services, says BU dining halls are open and are staffed partly by students filling in for employees unable to get to work. For complete information about which dining halls are open, visit the Dining Services website.

The Fitness & Recreation Center will be open for informal recreation from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, February 10. The following programs will run as scheduled: intramurals, club practices taking place in FitRec, and the EMS clinic. All other lessons, classes, and programs are canceled for Sunday.

Mugar Memorial Library will reopen Sunday at 10 a.m.

BUS (Boston University Shuttle) service was suspended on Saturday.

The George Sherman Union is open.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston issued a reminder that the Sunday Mass obligation does not apply if there is “grave difficulty” in fulfilling it. Marsh Chapel will hold its regular 11 a.m. Sunday worship.

Saturday night’s Passion Pit concert at Agganis Arena has been postponed to Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

BU Today will provide updates on the University’s response to the storm as more information is available.

More information about emergency procedures and advice is available here from the Universitys Environmental Health & Safety Emergency Communications.


Steven Hall, vice president for alumni relations, says that Winterfest has been postponed. Hall says most Winterfest events planned for this weekend have been rescheduled for February 22 and 23.

The Friday night men’s ice hockey game against Merrimack at Agganis Arena has been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 26, at 7 p.m. The planned pregame hockey tailgate will take place on Friday, February 22, before the UMass Lowell game at Agganis Arena.

Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore (SED’87) says the Back Bay Ball, scheduled for Saturday night, has been postponed until March 1.

    BU Today invites all event schedulers to post cancellations or postponements in the comments section below.

    Art Jahnke

    Art Jahnke can be reached at jahnke@bu.edu.

    26 Comments on Charles River Campus Covered in White

    • Amy M Laskowski on 02.07.2013 at 1:40 pm

      Just received word that the Study Abroad Expo, which was scheduled for tomorrow, Feb. 8, has been postponed. BU Today will have information when the new date and time for the Expo is announced.

    • Louise Kennedy on 02.07.2013 at 1:56 pm

      WBUR’s event featuring Bob Oakes, host of Morning Edition, and This American Life contributor Mike Birbiglia, has been rescheduled for March 8. Check wbur.org for more information.

    • BU Law Events on 02.07.2013 at 3:15 pm

      POSTPONED! Due to the winter storm forecasted for the Boston area on Friday and Saturday, BU Law is postponing the conference, “The Next Season: Realigning International Law and Western Policy After the Arab Spring.” We hope to announce a rescheduled conference date shortly.

    • Division of Military Education on 02.07.2013 at 3:27 pm

      The ROTC Military Ball has been canceled for Saturday, February 9. We hope to announce a rescheduled date soon.

      • Kam on 02.15.2013 at 6:43 pm

        Good Afternoon,

        I’m wondering what the status update on the military ball is?
        Have you picked a new date yet?

    • BU Athletics on 02.07.2013 at 4:14 pm

      The BU women’s ice hockey game against UNH originally scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed until Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 pm at Walter Brown Arena. Also, the BU men’s tennis match at Dartmouth this Friday and the women’s tennis match against Buffalo this Sunday at the Track and Tennis Center have been canceled. Finally, the Valentine Track Invitational that was scheduled for this Friday and Saturday at the Track and Tennis Center has been canceled.

    • Kris Covarrubias on 02.07.2013 at 7:29 pm

      FitRec will be open Friday 6 am to noon for informal recreation only. All classes, programs and events on Friday and Saturday are canceled. Any additional updates will be posted on bu.edu/fitrec.

    • sadia on 02.07.2013 at 7:34 pm

      MBTA closed Friday the 8th after 3.30pm.

    • PH student on the Charles River campus on 02.07.2013 at 7:36 pm

      Is the shuttle going to run between the campuses since the medical school is open but the main campus isn’t? I don’t want to have to figure out how the buses work in a blizzard.

      • Marc on 02.08.2013 at 8:36 am

        The BU Shuttle will stop running at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 8.

    • Devony on 02.07.2013 at 8:42 pm

      Can anyone say if the LSAT at BU is cancelled? BU isn’t listed as one of the testing centers closed on the LSAC website, but if the university is closed Saturday, shouldn’t the LSAT be postponed as well?

    • David R Cole on 02.07.2013 at 8:50 pm

      The IT Help Center will be open on Friday at Mugar from 8am to Noon, staying closed through Saturday, and reopening on Sunday morning at 10am. The Kenmore Square location will be closed.

    • Rachel Harrington on 02.07.2013 at 11:33 pm

      The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Seminar with Dr. Michele Ortolani scheduled for Friday in the Photonics Center has been canceled.

    • Dwight Atherton on 02.08.2013 at 9:20 am

      The Boston University Shuttle (BUS) service will be suspended at 2:00 p.m. today (Friday, Feburary 8th). The Late Night BUS service scheduled for tonight and tomorrow (Saturday) has been cancelled.

    • Dwight Atherton on 02.08.2013 at 9:31 am

      The Agganis Arena Garage, the Warren Towers Garage and the 808 Commonwealth Garage will remain open (24-hours) today, Friday, February 8th to accommodate Boston University’s parking permit holders who must find off-street parking. These three parking facilities will remain open until any City of Boston storm-related street parking bans end.

    • Kat Hasenauer Cornetta on 02.08.2013 at 10:40 am

      The George Sherman Union (GSU) will be open Friday until 6pm. This includes the Union Court (food court) and City Convenience. If you have any questions, please call Activities Information at 617-353-5498.

      In addition, the Dean of Students office in the GSU is open until 5pm. You may contact them with questions by calling 617-353-4126 or emailing dos@bu.edu.

    • Hector Grazio on 02.08.2013 at 11:24 am

      Be advised that the LSAT exam scheduled for Saturday, February 9, 2013 has been cancelled.

    • Joseph on 02.08.2013 at 1:11 pm

      So whats the status about dining services? If the T is stopping at 330 and Patrick is ordering all vehicles off by 4pm, how are the non-student workers getting home if there still listing regular dining hall hours?

      • Craig Hill on 02.08.2013 at 2:44 pm

        Non-essential dining employees will leave campus by 3:00 PM today. Student workers will help cover some of these duties.

        Essential employees will be provided transportation to their home or a nearby hotel after their shift and back to campus for their next shift.

        For those essential food service employees who are comfortable driving their own vehicle in these conditions, they are one of the few exceptions to the travel ban.

    • Olivia Obidah on 02.08.2013 at 1:47 pm

      Due to the weather and the University being closed, tomorrow (Saturday February 9) night’s 7:30pm
      performance of the Acting Majors Thesis in the School of Theatre has been cancelled.

      However even a blizzard named Nemo can’t keep these five seniors from sharing their work with you –
      on Sunday February 10 there will be TWO performances! The first will be at 2:00pm and the second will
      be the normal 7:30pm.

      SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10 – 2:00pm & 7:30pm – Studio 354
      Featuring: Julie Ann Earls, Caroline Rose Markham, Kristin Calabria, Tracy Prentice & Alex Morgan

    • Kat Hasenauer Cornetta on 02.08.2013 at 1:56 pm

      The Back Bay Ball is postponed until Friday, March 1st. All tickets already procured will be valid for the new date. To view more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit http://pcatbu.eventbrite.com/#

    • RHA on 02.08.2013 at 3:47 pm

      Tonight, Hall Councils (RHA) across campus will be organizing some informal events for the large halls (i.e., board games, TV watching, snacks, movies, etc…). Since you might be shut-in anyway, please come by and enjoy the company.

    • Kris Covarrubias on 02.08.2013 at 8:41 pm

      FitRec is closed Saturday. Programs, events and rentals on Saturday are all canceled.

    • Kris Covarrubias on 02.09.2013 at 3:57 pm

      FitRec will be open for informal recreation at 10 am to normal closing Sunday, Feb 10. The following programs will run as scheduled: intramurals, Club practices occurring in FitRec, and EMS Clinic. All other lessons, classes and programs are canceled for Sunday.

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