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The Chronicle

September 8, 2011 A 9

Eye On...Hurricane Irene

Irene Checks In To Hofstra By Rachel Lutz EDITORIAL EDITOR

One student’s experience with being relocated during the storm When the Resident Assistants were told that the hurricane was going to come up the east coast and through Long Island, our plans to prepare for move-ins were replaced with evacuation and relocation for all students on campus. Summer move-over, in which students living on campus for the summer can move into their new fall assignments, was pushed ahead. The move out for the athletes living on campus was also pushed ahead. This put a tremendous amount of pressure on the entire campus not only to make a plan but to explain it and execute it. Once students were able to check out of their summer assignments, most of them were told to move into their fall assignments, pack an overnight bag and temporarily move to the Nassau-Suffolk Complex. Students who elected to stay on campus for the weekend were placed in all available suites rising no higher than the third floor. Some students were relocated to Stuyvesant Hall. The Netherlands complex was also relocated to Stuyvesant during the storm because it is on a different power grid than the rest of campus. Colonial Square was not relocated. At 6 p.m., I accompanied a Public Safety Officer on a sweep through my building (Enterprise Hall) to make sure everyone was out. The building was locked down once it was determined they were empty. By 6 p.m., everyone was supposed to be in his or her relocation assignments. When I got into my room at 6:30, my expectations of the damage caused by the hurricane began to decrease. Reports that it had been downgraded to a tropical storm were circulating, and even though I had brought enough food to not have to leave my room, I knew I probably would be able to go outside. I took the night to spend some time on my own, catch up on some reading and text friends. Sounds like I really took advantage of the time – others got facials, cooked, and watched movies. We were warned, however, that if the power went out and didn’t come immediately back up, we were going to be evacuated to the Nassau Coliseum. I threw some water bottles in my backpack for a quick evacuation, just in case. I think I did okay - I even got some decent sleep when the wind wasn’t howling. At about noon on Sunday, The University’s Facebook page put out this message: As of 11 a.m., the Hofstra campus, while closed for activities as previously announced, is operational, with no major damage. We have power and the Student Center Cafeteria is serving students. Our facilities and public safety staffs are surveying the campus now for any damage. We will post more as we assess the campus. Thanks to our staff and students for their assistance and cooperation throughout the storm. This was just as much as I’d figured. Around 5 p.m. on Sunday, some of the staff and I ventured out of my room to go to the Student Center for a hot dinner. This was successful, though the choices were limited. Then we returned for a Jersey Shore and MTV VMAs watching marathon. We got the message that we had to be out of our relocation rooms at 10:30 Monday morning, and then allowed back into our rooms at 11. Besides this awkward gap where I was locked out of two rooms I had been living in, the transition back and forth went pretty smoothly. I opened my room… and no damage had been done. Michaela Papa and Rachel Lutz

The Hofstra Chronicle: September 8th, 2011 Issue  

The September 8th, 2011 issue of The Hofstra Chronicle, the student newspaper of Hofstra University on Long Island, NY.

The Hofstra Chronicle: September 8th, 2011 Issue  

The September 8th, 2011 issue of The Hofstra Chronicle, the student newspaper of Hofstra University on Long Island, NY.

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