Words by Mia Milosevic
Photograph by Trevor Schlam
On Sunday, CCNY students recieved alerts that the college would be closed on Monday due to an impending snowstorm. Though meteorologists predicted 5 to 9 inches of snow, Monday turned out sunny and mild with the few inches of snowfall mostly melted into slush.
Some students complained that CUNY – and New York City’s mayor Bill DeBlasio – acted way too soon. “I think it’s funny that any chance of snow will result in schools shutting down nowadays,” said Cynthia Dunston, a film student.
“We got way less snow than I was expecting and what we did get was gone by noon,” added Paul Root, an international studies major.
Like others, Dunston expressed concerns about making up the class time. “It’s difficult because all of a sudden you have to try and move your work schedule around to compensate for the class,” Dunston said. “It’s annoying and a lot of the time not possible.”
However, most students did not seem to mind the time off. “Honestly, I’m not upset at all about missing class time,” said Root. “Generally, professors will modify the syllabus to make up for the missed class, and I’m spending the day catching up on school work anyway.”
Trevor Schlam, a sonic arts student, praised the school for keeping the students well informed about the cancellation. “They send alerts, and it’s on the website,” he said. “Yesterday I got a message on my answering machine.”
Fernanda Parrado, who is also studying film and video production, had advice for students unsure of how to spend their day off: “Try to be productive and stay warm. If you can’t, go watch a movie and you will definitely feel better!”