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City pummeled by snowstorm or three days
As the snow continued to all overLondon Tuesday aternoon, theUniversity o Western Ontario andThe Spoke were orced to do theunthinkable.They cancelled Rick McGhie’s Wednesday night perormance.It was just the latest in a string o cancellations across London asa result o an unprecedented snow storm that has ground the univer-sity and most o the city to a haltor three days. While the ull extent o thestorm won’t be known until it ta-pers o sometime Wednesday evening, it is widely expected to beone o the worst in London’s 155- year history.The storm has relentlessly blanketed London with the white,uy stu since Sunday evening,piling anywhere rom 65-90 cm o snow in areas across the city. By Wednesday evening, the blizzardis expected to have dumped morethan a metre o snow on London— more than the city saw all o last winter.Throughout the day, the city urged local business owners toclose up shop and send their em-ployees home and asked motoriststo stay o the roads. It’s estimatedthe storm will cost London morethan $1 million to clean up.Meanwhile, Western ofcialsdecided to tell students to stay athome or a second straight day early Tuesday morning and laterin the day cancelled all classesand exams or Wednesday as well.The school aims to be back up andrunning on Thursday, just one day beore the start o mid-year ex-ams.The decision to cancel classesTuesday was made while moststudents were still asleep ater a4 a.m. meeting between Westernadministration, grounds crew leaders and campus police.“The snow conditions weresuch [that Western’s grounds crew]elt they could not have thingsappropriately and saely opera-tional,” Gitta Kulczycki, Western’svice-president resources and op-erations, said.Most o Tuesday’s on-campusevents had already been cancelledthe day beore, including an alum-ni luncheon with Western Presi-dent Amit Chakma.The snow was so heavy at West-ern’s Elgin Hall Tuesday morning that a blocked heating vent causeda carbon monoxide buildup in theresidence. Approximately 500 studentsand sta were evacuated around11 a.m. to Medway-SydenhamHall across the street where they waited or around an hour until it was sae to return.Despite plowing throughoutthe day on a practically empty campus, Western’s grounds crew was not able to keep up with thepace and volume o the snow Tuesday aternoon, orcing West-ern administration to extend thecampus closure through Wednes-day.“It was clear Mother Nature was delivering more snow morequickly than our sta could keepup with despite what I know weretheir best eorts,” Kulczycki said. Another major actor in theuniversity’s decision to shutdown campus on Wednesday was the London Transit Commis-sion, which pulled their buses o the roads at 3 p.m. Tuesday andplanned to keep them in the ga-rage until Thursday.“[Considering] London Tran-sit’s decision to suspend serviceor [Wednesday] based upon theroad conditions they were en-countering, it seemed the bestand saest thing to do was to close[campus on Wednesday,]” Kulc-zycki said.The biggest worry or most stu-dents is what eect the storm willhave on exams which begin Friday and run until Dec. 23. Wednesday’s closure comesour years to the day ater exams were canceled on Dec. 8, 2006due to inclement weather. Asiderom this storm, Western has beenorced to shut down campus justour times in the last six years —all in the month o December.However exams were only everaected during the 2006 closureand Kulczycki was confdent thecurrent storm would not aect theexam schedule.“Students should expect thatexams will proceed as scheduledon Friday and plan accordingly,”Kulczycki said. “At this point, we’rehoping to get ahead o the snow on Wednesday, such that we canopen on Thursday,” While unlikely, i campus wasorced to shut down until the weekend, Friday’s exams could berescheduled beore the new yearas the university has a ree day built into the exam schedule orextenuating circumstances likethese.Once Western’s crews havecleared the roads and walkwayson campus, their ocus will turnto removing the snow rom schoolgrounds all together. Despite asprawling campus, the university has run out o places to put all thesnow.“Our crews are working to movethe snow into piles such that weget clearance in the areas where we need them,” Kulczycki said.“Once the snow all ceases, we willneed to be transporting some o the snow o campus — we simply don’t have room to locate it all.”
TIME TO GO SNOW SURFING.
Getting around town yesterday was challenging due to a massive snowall.
T h e S no w D a y S p e c i a l
The most memorable news moments rom frst semester
News in Review
The threat o a aculty strikeon Western’s campus weighedheavy on the minds o students,well past the 12:01 a.m. strikedeadline.
Mark Steyn’s visit to Londonbrought with it a signicantamount o attention, criticismand letters. His speech wasmoved several times.
An inaccurate bid by a contractororced delays to the renovationsin the University CommunityCentre, pushing the ocial dead-line to December.
The New Western
Western announced a $265K re-branding study that was switlycriticized by UWOFA or being anunnecessary expense — a chargeWestern ocials disagreed with.
Culture o Control
Western and the University Stu-dents’ Council were criticized bysome campus groups, includingcheerleaders and some sophs, orwhat they called excessive con-trol during O-Week.
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One o Canada’s most iconic indie bands makes its wayto London. Full interview >> pg.5