School goes virtual for the snow storm

Anika Besst, Senior Reporter

Snow was piled on the sides of sidewalks and
into corners of staircases, as pictured above in front of West
Hall. (Leo Coughenour)

If there is one thing that is guaranteed for a Minnesota winter it is slipping, sliding and shivering even throughout February. 

After sporadic snowfall during the 2022-23 winter season, what was characterized by the severe weather alert message as a “historic storm” caused Hamline to close campus other than essential resources and offices. During this time, classes and events were moved online for two days. 

The storm hit central and eastern Minnesota leaving the Metro blanketed in a new layer of fresh white fluff that resulted in vehicle spin-outs and fishtailing on roads. 

According to MPR, St. Paul got 13.8 inches of snow over the two-day snowstorm that consumed Wednesday and Thursday of last week. 

Many professors held classes virtually or canceled classes entirely. 

“I was sad that I wasn’t going to be at a class I liked, but I was also relieved that I didn’t have to spend three hours in a Google Meet,” sophomore Will Walker said about a night class that he had canceled. 

Accessibility to Old Main is compromised
when hefty amounts of snow block the side staircases to the
front enterance. (Leo Coughenour)

The campus reopened on Feb. 24 holding classes in person. 

“The City of St. Paul has noted that non-arterial roads and side streets will take longer to clear of snow. Therefore we strongly urge that everyone plan to take extra time to reach all your destinations tomorrow,” an email from Illiana Cantu-Delgado, Director of Public Safety, said. 

The alert was in effect from 3 p.m. on Feb. 21 until what started as 6 p.m. on Feb. 23, and was later amended to 12 p.m. on Feb. 23. 

Hamline organizations and offices postponed events during this time including the HUSC Informal Debate for the 2023-24 HUSC Presidential Election and the 100 Who Influence Luncheon. The debate has been rescheduled for March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Sundin Hall. The President’s Office is hoping to reschedule the Luncheon for sometime in March.