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If one would look outside today they’d see a blanket of white. Most of us have played in the snow at one time or another and probably had a great time doing so. I would be willing to bet that not too many of us enjoy playing on the snow while in our vehicles on a major interstate or roadway. While I was crawling towards campus today, February 11th, I saw numerous cars in the median and on the side of the raod while I sped along at 5 miles per hour. Since traffic was so slow, it gave me time to think, who in the heck calls a snow day for NKU? With a bit of research, I found out it was the Department of Public Safety. According to the policy, classes will be cancelled only if severe travel conditions exist. I ask how much more severe did it need to get today for things to be called off. I realize that the snow is eventually going to taper off, but if some from Public Safety would simply turn on a radio or television, he or she could easily determine that unsafe travel conditions exist. Take a drive on 275 and croos over to the Ohio side of things, or take a cruise down some of the backroads that students must travel in Kentucky to get to campus. Is it really worth our safety to have class when it is this bad? I decided that it wasn’t and turned around after nearly being hit on 3 separate occassions. My porofessors are all very understanding, but I wonder if that is true for every student, especially if they have a test or assignment due. My hope is that Public Safety will consider these things next time Old Man Winter comes knocking at our door. I realize they have a difficult job and respect what they do, but I feel that perhaps they might want to take a closer look at the roads and redefine what “hazardous travel conditions” really means.

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