Snowy Weekend at Saint Martin’s

Emmanuel Son, Staff Writer

Between Feb. 11-14, much of the western Washington area was hit with the blast of a winter storm. While this year’s snowfall did not surpass 2019’s “Snowmageddon,” much of the accumulated snowfall made for notable numbers. The Seattle area this year saw about 8.9 inches of snow, which ended up setting an all-time record for February 13. This makes it the fifth most amount of snow received in February, as 2019’s snowstorm placed second in the records. The last time that the Seattle area received more than 8.9 inches of snow in a single day was January 27, 1969. On that Friday night, both the central sound and areas south of Olympia saw a total of about one to three inches in snow accumulation. The Olympia area ended up receiving about 15.5 inches of snow according to the National Weather Service’s 24-hour snowfall report.

The snowfall put a heavy burden on many businesses and workers throughout the state, resulting in a number of school closures on Friday, including Saint Martin’s University. A number of students and residents in the Lacey area took advantage of the weather by sledding down the hills on campus. Student Reine Albite stated, “It was super fun to see all the creative ways students improvised for sleds. I saw cardboards, pool floaties and lids from bins. The best spot to sled was the hill in front of Old Main and the Cronk Family Plaza.” Albite also said that the snowy backgrounds made campus look beautiful and thanked the school for making sure that everybody was safe by paving and salting the roads and walkways.

By early Friday morning, Public Safety officers were ready to start their day shoveling and plowing snow, as well as salting the sidewalks around campus. Officers spent about three hours total in the cold and wet weather. Officer Hung Nguyen shoveled and plowed a number of areas around parking lots, the stairs of the café, and the sidewalks all the way to Burton. “It’s hard work but it was nice to see students having fun while being able to keep them safe,” Nguyen said.

This year’s snow day was unlike any other. While it’s no surprise that many schools and businesses were forced to close down Thursday afternoon and remain closed on Friday, the large number of students taking online and hybrid classes allowed for classes to continue in the event of weather inclements. While campus and offices remained closed, some classes still went on. Because online classes and virtual events became the new norm, many teachers did not have to worry about missing a day or two of classes.

When asked about how they felt about still having classes on a snow day, students gave mixed opinions. Student Brandon Dugosaid, “It just didn’t feel like an ‘OG’ snow day. But my classes were only two hours so it still gave me time to go to campus and snowboard on the many hills of the school.”

The Student Health Center is offering both in-person and over-the-phone appointments to students. These appointments are confidential. The Health Center’s confidentiality statement is available on their website; it explains how the Health Center protects students’ health information. If you need to find a place to fill your prescription, they have a list of pharmacies that you can go to on the website. They also have both medical and dental clinics from the area listed if you need a medical resource that the Health Center does not provide. 

The Student Health Center also states the fees on their website. “Full-time registered undergraduate main campus students pay an $80 Student Health Center fee per semester. Part-time undergraduate students will be charged a prorated student health fee on a per-credit basis per semester. Graduate students, staff, and faculty may utilize the center for a $20 fee.” These fees are part of the tuition statements for each student. 

Need to know information about COVID-19? Their website provides up-to-date information and other useful resources. Their page on COVID-19 provides the Daily Self-Health form. Everyone is required to fill out the form each time they come to campus. The COVID-19 page also provides the COVID-19 Notification Process. This process allows students and faculty to notify the school if they were exposed or think they were exposed to COVID-19. If you think you were exposed to COVID-19, the Health Center also provides a fifteen-minute COVID-19 test, open to all students, faculty, and their families. 

Not only does the website provide information regarding COVID-19, the Health Center also provides information on the flu. The page explains all of the symptoms of the flu, as well as how the flu spreads and ways to prevent it. The website also provides a ‘frequently asked questions’ section and gives answers to topics such as how the campus is slowing the spread of COVID-19.

The Student Health Center provides many different resources for students, staff, and faculty. They provide vaccinations, basic medical care, and fifteen-minute COVID-19 testing. They are located in Burton Hall in room 102. They are providing both in-person and over-the-phone appointments. This way, they are able to help students and maintain social distancing. Their contact information is available on the website. 

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