Whether the great blizzard of 2010 was a fun adventure, a distracting annoyance or some of each all depends on where in mid-Atlantic higher education you sit.
For the Association of Community College Trustees, the timing could not have been worse. Its National Legislative Summit was scheduled to start today in Washington, with many attendees scheduled to arrive over the weekend on flights that never took off. For much of the weekend, the ACCT tried to encourage attendance, even posting photos on its Web site of association leaders shoveling snow outside the meeting hotel. But late Sunday, the association called off plans to meet this week and said it would try to reschedule for March. A majority of attendees would be unable to make it to Washington this week. Further, the announcement noted, a major goal of the meeting is for community college leaders to meet with members of Congress and government officials, many of whom will not be working in their offices today or tomorrow.
Many students in the Washington-Baltimore area got some time off from later Friday through (in some cases) today, and many weekend classes and other events were called off. Colleges generally used Web sites to let students know where they could find dining services operating. As these photographs from The Diamondback show, students at the University of Maryland at College Park held a massive snowball fight. At Shenandoah University, students built this 10-foot-plus snowman, and also volunteered in the dining halls at the cooking and cleaning jobs of employees who lived too far away to get to campus. While many students worried about finding provisions for Super Bowl parties, St. John's College announced that a ban by Annapolis authorities on vehicular travel made it impossible to get food delivered for the scheduled party to honor the completion of senior essays, and so the event planned for Sunday would need to be postponed. (All the seniors did get their essays in, however, the college reported.)