“Snow School” was the title on the front page of the State News and MSU students’ Snow Day prayers were answered! Michigan State canceled all classes in response to the forecasted blizzard and students around on and off campus rejoiced! Sledding, snow football, snow ball fights, snow forts, and snow men making were just a few of the activities that were happening among the joyous students! Others, myself included, enjoyed catching up on sleep and just bumming around all day. Overall, it was a wonderful day filled with fun and relaxation that will go down in history!
— Thank you Chris Edwards for taking these beautiful photographs!
**Photographs taken by Chris Edwards. Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved. **
What about 1994?
There was much talk about when the last time the university was actually closed for a snow day, and numerous alumni remembered that cold Wednesday on January 19, 1994. Classes were in fact canceled, HOWEVER, faculty and staff members were told to report to work. The University was not closed down completely. If the University did close down completely, then those on salary still got paid for the day, but the hourly wage workers would not. Yesterday was only the 4th time in MSU history that the college was shut down completely because of the snow. All classes were canceled and the university closed in its entirety except for critical functions (dining halls, maintenance etc.)
On January 19, 1994 it wasn’t the snow that caused classes to be canceled, but rather the intense cold weather. President McPherson decided to cancel classes at 5:30am on that Wednesday morning. Temperatures reached almost 20 degrees below late Tuesday night and wind chill factors were as low as 60 degrees below zero. Students rallied in front of the Cowles house (his residence at the time) to call for classes to be canceled while chanting “Hell no, it’s 40 below!!” and “Frostbite is not right!!”. After coming out in his pajamas and telling students that he will take their thoughts into consideration, they dispersed. It was announced the next morning that classes were canceled due to the cold and McPherson stated that student safety was the greatest factor in the decision.
MSU Metropolis 1994 Red Cedar Annual, Pgs.50-51
“Snow School.” State News [East Lansing] 2 Feb. 2011. Print
Powers, Shad. “Class cancellation only 4th ever at ‘U’.” State News [East Lansing] 20 Jan. 1994. Print.
“’U’ students rally: ‘Hell, no, it’s 40 below’.” State News [East Lansing] 19 Jan. 1994. Print.