The Northeastern community sprung into action to keep campus safe and running as a powerful snowstorm pounded the Boston area, with the university’s facilities crews, public safety officials, dining services, and others working around the clock. Day and evening classes are canceled and business offices are closed Wednesday at Northeastern’s Massachusetts campuses.
Snow removal teams worked tirelessly Monday and all day Tuesday across Northeastern’s Massachusetts campuses to keep pace with the intense snowstorm, which dumped more than two feet of snow or more in many areas and also brought heavy winds. Teams focused on clearing emergency access routes and pathways to residence halls Tuesday and will continue to dig out campus Wednesday, said Mark Boulter, director of building services for facilities.
“We’ve got a great, loyal team,” Boulter said. “In situations like this, the university community really comes together.”
Meanwhile, Northeastern Dining Services dished out 6,300 meals at International Village and Stetson East on Tuesday. Dining Services prepared for the storm by scheduling extra food deliveries ahead of time and coordinating for more than 30 staff to stay overnight Monday so they could arrive on campus at 7 a.m. Tuesday ready to begin serving meals. It was a classic “mise en place,” as Debra Fantasia, Chartwells marketing director and Xhibition Kitchen coordinator, put it—referring to the French phrase referring to how ingredients are organized and arranged ahead of time in the kitchen for the cook to prepare a meal.
“The team has been working very hard,” she said. “We have a very dedicated staff, and they want to be there.”
The Northeastern community also took to Twitter to thank everyone working to keep campus safe and running.
— NU Housing & ResLife (@NU_HRL) January 27, 2015
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Though day and evening classes on Wednesday are canceled at Northeastern’s Massachusetts campuses, online classes will continue as scheduled, as will all activities at the campuses in Seattle and Charlotte, North Carolina.
The university is closely monitoring the weather and will notify the campus community via email, social media, and the university homepage with any updates. More information can also be found on Northeastern’s emergency information page.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s state of emergency order and the city of Boston’s parking ban remain in effect, though the state lifted the travel ban at midnight. MBTA service resumed on Wednesday, though some weather-related delays were expected.
Snell Library is open and operational on Wednesday. The Curry Student Center is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., though the food court will remain closed. The off-campus shuttle service will also return Wednesday night beginning at 7 p.m. and continuing until Thursday morning at 6 a.m.
International Village and Stetson East dining halls will be open Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Rebecca’s will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Marino Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., though SquashBusters and Cabot Center will remain closed on Wednesday.