By Joe Moyles
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, all campus activities were canceled for the last weekend of August. This also included the very first day of classes which were scheduled to start on Aug. 29.
The make-up date for this class has been re-scheduled for Dec. 21. The C0llege released a campus brief regarding this cancellation of classes.
“With cancelled classes. It was, however, the absolutely correct decision,” stated James E. Sherwood, the Executive Dean of The Ammerman Campus.
Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc all along the east coast, and in some places did severe damage. The calls and texts from the College emergency alert system announced the closing of campuses on Friday, Aug. 26.
College President Shaun L. McKay made this decision based off of news briefings from the state and county emergency management teams and steady tracking of the storm’s progress. Even with an extra day to help with the clean-up of the campuses, it was still a huge amount of work and took a bit of extra support.
The speedy communication within theCollege allowed for the early cancellation of classes which gave the campus ample opportunity to create a safe environment for classes to resume Tuesday.
With the first day of classes known as ‘syllabus day’ cancelled, classes had to be pushed back one day later to Tuesday, Aug. 30. Although this may not seem like it would present much of a problem for the college’s professors, schedules had to be adjusted to best fit the new schedule for the semester. With the new class make-up dated added, professors have aligned their schedules to best help the students, and everyone has been informed. The students themselves have had varying opinions on the class cancellation as well.
“It’s nice having school off, but seriously, half the island had no power, and people were stuck at their houses,” said Sophomore Grace Wichrowski. “Tons of people were not making it to school that day,” she said.
Some students weren’t affected by the storm. Some feel they could have made it to class on Monday.
“Suffolk classes are always cancelled and seems like it can be an inconvenience for students” said Sopomore Matt Cohen of Islip Terrace.
“The cancellation had to happen” said Sohomore Frank Hayward, who lost power for four days due to the storm.
Student’s reactions certainly suggested that for many, Monday would have been a difficult day to make it to class.