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Dealing with Snow
February 16, 2010, Volume 56, No. 22

Last week, the University of Pennsylvania shut down in the midst of a record-breaking snowstorm that hit Philadelphia and the greater mid-Atlantic region. The University made the decision to close down for two straight days since the City was blanketed with some 16 inches of snow, making this is the snowiest winter in Philadelphia history. The snow days Wednesday, February 10 and Thursday, February 11 were the first back-to-back snow days at Penn in 16 years. The University said the closing occurred “to facilitate municipal cleanup efforts and recognize the transportation safety issues following the record snow storm.”

On Tuesday evening, February 9, Penn issued a statement canceling classes for the next day. That following evening, as the snow continued to pile up, the University closed the following day.

Photo by Sonie Guseh
Penn students took advantage of the two free days without classes. Some students went sledding, organized snowball fights and built snowmen, while others built a snow igloo (above).

Additional photos by Amy Li

Almanac - February 16, 2010, Volume 56, No. 22