So, this is the first real snowstorm of the season here. It’s snowed before, but it’s not the first real one until you see people freaking out, or failing to freak out when appropriate.
The university, flying spaghetti monster bless its soul, tends to e really conservative about calling a snow day. It had no problem back in 80-whatever when “Hurricane” Gloria was forecast and they shut the campus down because there might be wind. There was always wind on campus, and some of it was hot air, but I digress!
Today, the forecast was pretty clear when I woke up. One hundred percent chance of it snowing like a motortrucker. The public schools in my town are actually pretty sensible about snow, which I appreciate, since I am a parent. “Think of the children” and all. But they made a go of it, collecting the kids on busses and taking them to school even as they had already decided to bring them back around noon.
But the university has its own method for making decisions on snow cancellation. I am not privy to the inner workings, but I used to have a theory. It went something like this:
But that model attributes malice to the university where there exists none. So, I was forced to rescind that theory.
My new theory is based on evidence of today’s snowstorm, and some emails that were sent to the campus community.
Here are excerpts from the two emails:
Date: Dec 13, 2007 11:16 AM
Subject: Don’t Panic. CAMPUS CLOSED AT 2 P.M.
Due to the forecast of a major snow storm, UMass Dartmouth will be closed at 2 p.m. Don’t panic.
I actually received that message about 20 minutes before the snow started falling here1.
About 20 minutes after the fall started falling (hard) I received this message:
Date: Dec 13, 2007 11:56 AM
Subject: Oh Snap! CAMPUS CLOSED AT 12:30 P.M.
OMFGSNOW!!!!111 Run for yer lives!
Game over, man, game over! What are we going to do now!!!!!!?? I don’t know if you’ve been keeping up with current events but it’s snowing like a motortrucker2!Every man for himself! It’s a trap! Aiiii!3
My new theory is that they weren’t paying close attention to the forecast. Still waiting for Maggie to make it home.
1 Actually, I did get two emails from the university about the campus closing, but only the times I quoted are accurate. I have used poetic license in representing the content of the messages based on my impression of the rapid re-assessment of the storm’s severity.
2 Yes, I am trying to make the term “motortrucker” happen.
3 You thought you were going to get Rickrolled? I wouldn’t do that to you.Posted by James at December 13, 2007 12:53 PM