NSU open, despite weather

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 12/05/2013 5:35 pm Published: 12/05/2013 5:31 pm

Tahlequah schools were one of the districts shut down on Thursday due to inclement weather, but Northeastern State University still held classes. Students trudged through campus, and had mixed feelings on the weather.

"I'm not used to it, I hate the cold," said Jacob Pruiett.

"I don't like the cold. I'm from Texas and so this is a little much," said Katy Hosokawa.

But NSU Public Safety Coordinator Patti Buhl said her crews took extra precautions preparing for the weather.

"We've been working diligently for several days now monitoring the weather making sure we know what's going on we've had crews out covering up steps, treating the sidewalks on all three of our campuses," said Buhl.

There were tarps placed over staircases and sidewalks they sanded. But falling sleet made going to school a difficult choice for some students.

"They didn't like the cold. They were hibernating," said Pruiett.

He said less than half of the class showed up.

Although the main roads were also treated for commuters, FOX23 learned a large amount of undergrads live near the campus.

"There were definitely less people than usual but it's also right before finals, so I think everybody is just like 'Ah, I don't need to go to class,'" said Hosokawa.

Many will only brave the cold as long as they have to.

"I don't like the cold, but it's alright," said Pruiett.

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