The campus of Calumet College of St. Joseph (Photo: Kellyn Vale)
Dangerous weather conditions sweeping over the Midwest the last week of January is causing schools to close their doors. Calumet College of St. Joseph only held classes for one half day, but that’s not stopping students, staff and athletes from staying on top of their business. During the week of January 28, the college closed all day Monday, the second-half of Tuesday and remained closed the remainder of the week, until Friday.
Despite losing time in the classroom, students continue their education from home.
The teaching staff take advantage of the college’s online classroom, Blackboard, to keep students on track. “It really is a godsend,” Dr. Chris Buczinsky comments. “Especially for winter closings.”
Buczinsky believes the lack of contact hours on campus will cause students learn a little bit more or more deeply. “The school closing this week has forced my students to do work without my constant monitoring.”
Students received assignments for their respective classes in place of not being on campus. This ensures that no time is wasted during the semester and keeps course schedules on track.
The Rittenmeyer Athletic Center also closed down during the cold spell, but that isn’t freezing Crimson Wave athletics. With the gym closed, athletes and coaches search for new ways to practice their sports.
In preparation for competition this upcoming weekend, indoor track and field runner Kellyn Vale and her teammates use available resources to continue their training.
Usually the track and field team completes their off-campus workouts at the local Planet Fitness, but none were open on Wednesday. “We started searching for any other possible options” Vale admits. “We even had a plan to go to my grandparent’s house and take turns on their treadmill.”
The runners bundled up and traveled to a public indoor track in Highland, IN for an unofficial practice.
Missing a day isn’t an option for the mid-distance squad. “Our rest days are planned strategically, so we can’t really afford to take unnecessary days off.”
Subzero temperatures don’t slow down their training process. Calumet College is limited on available facilities for athletes so improvising is already worked into their routine. Vale jokes about the time she used a large jug of juice as a substitute weight.
Vale believes that athletes from her school possess the upper-hand against their competition during situations where practice facilities become scarce. “Our CCSJ athletes have a certain grit and toughness to them that the other schools will never match.”
Despite the slight speed bump caused by the weather, students and staff believe that closing the college needed to be done. “Below zero temperatures shouldn’t be taken lightly. I don’t want my students to lose their noses” Buczinsky contemplates. “Looking out on a classroom full of students without noses would definitely send me into early retirement.”
Classes resume on Friday, February 1st and all campus buildings will reopen. Even with the unexpected closing, the Crimson Wave feels comfortable where they’re at academically and athletically.
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