S’now big deal at Ryerson

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By Emma Prestwich
News Editor

Despite record forecasted levels of snow, Ryerson campus stayed open Feb. 2.

The school’s decision to stay open prompted a flood of complaints from students on Twitter, many asking why Ryerson was open when York University, Humber and Sheridan Colleges and the Toronto District School Board all closed on Feb. 2.

Julia Hanigsberg, vice-provost of administration and finance, made the executive decision to keep the school open. When she woke up she learned the TTC and GO Transit weren’t experiencing delays. It was also confirmed that the worst of the snowfall was over, according to Environment Canada.

According to Hanigsberg, the school commits to making a decision about closure by 6 a.m., and once she confirmed it with the president and the provost, she informed the university so the decision could be posted on the website.

While several professors decided to cancel class, business management professor Asher Alkoby said he thought the school closures were too dramatic.

“There was an over-reaction across the GTA.,” said Alkoby.

While he wasn’t teaching that day, everyone in his department showed up for class.

“I had assignments due so I was glad it was open,” said Angelo Puarte-Monteiro, second year computer science.

Hanigsberg said groundskeeping staff worked to make sure the campus was clear before students arrived.

Photo by: Lindsay Boeckl

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