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Blizzard hits the Midwest, impedes travel for returning students

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A winter blizzard and frigid temperatures affected travel plans for many students returning to Bethel College this week. The snowstorm, which hit the Mishawaka area on Sunday, dumped approximately 12 inches of snow on campus. Offices were closed on Monday, Jan. 6 and Tuesday, Jan. 7, delaying move-in for many students. A travel warning was declared for the state of Indiana. Some students were stranded at home with no way to return as planned. One student was stuck in a cabin. “I was actually at a cabin at Potato Creek State Park,” said Luke Hoffman, junior. “I was with friends I went on Semester Abroad with. It was a lot of fun.” While Hoffman was enjoying his camping adventure, other students said they used the extra time to sleep, do crafts or enjoy family time. Still other students said they were not affected by the storm. “I was in China when the blizzard hit,” said Amy Baker, senior. “It wasn’t too difficult to get back. None of my flights were canceled.” Despite the setbacks from what will be remembered as the Blizzard of 2014, classes did start as planned on Thursday, Jan. 9. "We were glad that we didn't have to affect classes," said Director of Human Resources Mike Nicholas. "Even though move-in was pushed back 24 hours due to the travel emergency, we were still able to start on time."
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