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Notre Dame Students Banished Due to Juno

At 2:40 PM on January 26, residents of the Notre Dame campus were notified via email that they would have to leave the satellite campus and either remain at the main Emmanuel Campus or find housing elsewhere.

photo: John Byrne

photo: John Byrne

According to the email sent by Susan Benzie, Director of Residence Life, they would be displaced for up to two nights and to pack accordingly. There was no specification as to when residents would be allowed to return. The shuttle ran from Notre Dame to campus until 8 PM when all Notre Dame residents needed to be out.

Every day, food is delivered to the Notre Dame campus, which would not be able to occur during the storm because of the travel ban. Because of the severity of the storm, and lack of a working backup generator, if Notre Dame lost power for more than 90 minutes, the students would have had to have been removed anyways. As there was a travel ban, the removal had to happen before midnight on the 26, otherwise the students would have been stranded.

Allison Londregan, a senior living at Notre Dame, drove her car from Notre Dame to the main campus to park it in the garage. The email stated that residents needed to “please remove it or it will be towed at your expense”.

After bringing her car to campus, Londregan walked to CityView to spend the storm with friends. Residents who did not have a place to stay had to call the Notre Dame Residence Assistant and be placed in an open room on campus.

According to Jack Kelly, Director of Campus Safety, the decision of snow days is determined by a group of administrators. Kelly could not name them, but the Emergency Preparedness Team made up of Campus Safety, the President’s Office, Facilities, HR, IT, the Registrar, the Business Office, Academic Affairs, Residence Life, and the Dean of Students.

They discuss the potential impact of a snow day on Emmanuel in regards to the safety of not only those on campus, but commuters and faculty. Because of the size of this storm, the Emergency Preparedness Team reportedly communicated with the Boston Police, the other Colleges of the Fenway schools, and the Medical Academic and Scientific Community of the Longwood Medical Area.

Abbi Matheson ’17 is a Staff Writer for The Hub. E-mail her at and follow her on Twitter @abbimathy

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