Winter 2014
The exterior of College Court 12, affected by the latest snowstorm. (Photo by Margaret Okakpu)

by Christine Urio

Start getting your car ready for the next blizzard now.

Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC) residents who have a car on campus are not in their dorms drinking hot chocolate or getting ahead on their projects; they are putting on their boots and joining their peers in the various lots to identify their snow-covered vehicles.

For some, this can be more stressful than the quickly approaching midterm season if they lack the proper resources.

In order to make the struggle more bearable, there are ways you can prepare as the winter continues:

  • Have the proper resources: A shovel, snowbrush, ice scraper, and salt are key to managing snow removal.  Make sure to keep these items in your room, not in your car; if there is a foot of snow blocking your car door, it may be a challenge to retrieve these items.
  • Dress warm: Have proper attire on hand, such as boots, warm socks, a hat, gloves, sweatpants, and a jacket.
  • Back into a spot (if you can): For those of us who lack the modern miracle of four-wheel drive, it is easier to pull out if you are parked in a position best suited for your car.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute: In order to effectively remove snow from campus, security asks that cars be moved so the resident lots can be plowed. Although it is time consuming and physically exhausting, waiting to receive an email before cleaning off cars is as bad of an idea as talking in the quiet section of the library during finals week.
  • Remember where you parked:  You don’t want to uncover a car just to discover it isn’t yours! Know which lot your car is in so you can guarantee it is indeed your car you just spent the last half hour cleaning off.  And then, if you feel like being nice, clean off as many as you like—it won’t go unappreciated.
  • Pay attention:  While walking around campus, watch out for black ice, falling snow, slippery spots, and dropping icicles.

With snow accumulations steadily rising, the City of Newburgh has declared several snow emergencies in the past few weeks.

“I was very overwhelmed, especially because I did not have a shovel, so I had to have other people help dig me out,” said junior Melissa Buckheit.  “It didn’t take too long, but I was exhausted after.”

Friendly gestures were greatly appreciated because there was a limited amount of shovels to share around campus.

“There was a shortage of shovels. However, security was doing the best they can to remove cars from the snow,”  said senior resident assistant Che-la Devonshire. “We are short on faculty workers, therefore there is a decrease in the speed of the removal of the snow, so security is doing the best they can. I understand the campus frustration; however, we just need to be as patient as possible and as understanding as possible and just wait for the spring to come and the sunshine to come out.”