College cancels classes as Boston braces for blizzard

by Ryan Catalani / Beacon Staff and Jason Madanjian / Beacon Staff • January 26, 2015

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Light snow began to fall on Emerson's campus by Monday afternoon.
Light snow began to fall on Emerson's campus by Monday afternoon.

Updated Jan. 27, 1 p.m.

As Boston braces for a potentially historic blizzard that could inundate the city with three feet of snow, Emerson has canceled classes after 4 p.m. Monday and all classes on Tuesday. The dining hall will remain open Tuesday, with shorter hours; all other campus cafes will close.

The announcement came hours after Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency and instituted a statewide ban on nonessential motor vehicle travel for all of Tuesday. The MBTA announced it would close on Tuesday, but remain open until midnight Monday.

On Tuesday, the dining hall will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to an email from Andrew Tiedemann, the vice president for communications and marketing. The Little Building C-Store will also be open between 2 and 7 p.m., he said. All other college eateries—Emerson’s Cafe, the Max Cafe, and the Paramount Cafe—will be closed.

The Iwasaki Library will close at 8 p.m. Monday and remain closed for all of Tuesday.

The fitness center will also be closed Tuesday. However, the Piano Row campus center will be open during its normal hours—9 a.m. to midnight—according to Tiedemann.

Focus groups that were scheduled on Jan. 27 and 28 for students to discuss Emerson’s brand have been rescheduled for March 3 and 4, according to Tiedemann.

Tuesday’s opening night performance of Breath & Imagination, produced by ArtsEmerson and created by artist-in-residence Daniel Beaty, is canceled. Ticket holders can either get a refund or choose a different performance date to attend, according to Benjamin Walsh, ArtsEmerson’s associate box office and membership manager. The show is scheduled to run until Feb. 8.

A panel discussion about the November referendum on the state’s gambling law, planned for Tuesday night, has been canceled. It will be rescheduled, according to event organizer Owen Eagan, an executive-in-residence in the communication studies department.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh also announced city public schools would be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Many other colleges and universities in the greater Boston area, including Suffolk University, Harvard University, and Boston University, also announced they would close on Tuesday.