Hurricane Sandy Update

By Katie Zeck

As of 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, the university has canceled all classes and events and closed all offices on the Lawrenceville and Westminster campuses for Monday, Oct. 29 and Tuesday, Oct. 30. Sunday’s open house has also been postponed because of the significant weather threat that Hurricane Sandy continues to poses for Rider and the surrounding area.


On Saturday morning, Residence Life asked that resident advisors (RAs) begin to encourage their residents to return home before Sunday night, according to Conover Hall RA Danielle Trautwein.


“They said that [Rider] might lose power for up to two days and the flooding of Centennial Lake may become severe,” she said. “They were also concerned about the flooding of Route 1 and Route 206.”


However, the dining halls and residence halls will remain open for students that are unable to return home. “Staffing coverage on both campuses and will provide essential services during the storm for students who cannot return home,” said the university in an email sent out to the entire campus community.


The university noted that the Spring 2013 registration schedule will be modified because of the storm. A phone call sent out to students who are a part of the Rider Alert system, instructed students to check back on the Rider website for the updated schedule by the end of the weekend.


Governor Chris Christie has also declared a state of emergency in New Jersey.


“I am urging all New Jerseyans to take every possible and reasonable precaution to ready themselves for the storm’s potential impact,” said Christie in a press release from the N.J. Department of Emergency Management. “That means having an emergency action plan for their families and other loved ones who may require assistance, and avoiding unnecessary risks in the severe weather, including staying off of the roads.”


The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, has evacuated its campus until Wednesday, according to the College’s website and Monmouth University’s website states that its classes will be canceled until Thursday.


Be sure to check The Rider News and Rider’s website for more information regarding the storm’s impact on the campuses and the status of classes for Wednesday, October 31.


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