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Cold Reception Back To Class

January 6, 2014, 6:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Cold Reception Back To Class

Even though hundreds of schools called off classes Monday, the same couldn't be said for some college students who are getting a real-life lesson in winter survival.

At Augustana College, students received a cold campus reception after returning back to class from the long holiday break. 

"It's kind of weird seeing everyone back.  It's nice; it's a little bit too cold for me," senior Elizabeth Lewis of Kansas City said.

The sun is out, but it's doing nothing for these students.

"I'm basically going from building to building as fast as I can," junior Ellen Ferry of Underwood, Minnesota, said. 

"We just did get out of the pool at the Elmen Center, so the walk back has been a little chilly," Matthew Anderson, a senior from Sioux Falls, said.

When they heard Sioux Falls schools cancelled classes because of dangerously cold wind chills, many of these students were hoping they, too, would get another day off. 

"I was honestly a little disappointed, but I knew I had to go find my warm clothes and bundle up before I went to class," Ferry said.

Bundling up in the bitter cold means face masks, mittens, hats and coats.  For some students, there is no choice but to be out in the elements for long periods of time.

"I live on the north side of campus and classes on the south side, it's been a little bit of a cold walk between classes, but not too bad," Anderson said.

"I debated driving or walking to class, but I walked, so now I have tennis practice, trying to stay indoors as much as I can," Lewis said.

Indoors because when it's this cold, it's more than cool to be in school.

Students say they received an email from the school letting them know classes were still on for Monday.

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