Uptown campus quiet during two-day weather closure

January 29, 2014 11:45 AM

Ryan Rivet

In spite of record cold temperatures and the closure of everything from roads to schools across the region, Tulane fared quite well, according to Jon Barnwell, the superintendent of the Tulane University Police Department.

Tulane police superintendent Jon Barnwell

TUPD superintendent Jon Barnwell said things went smoothly on the Tulane uptown campus during the two-day closure because of severe winter weather. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

“Everything has been very quiet. We’ve had no issues at all,” Barnwell said.

Winter weather covered much of the New Orleans metro area in ice on Tuesday (Jan. 28) and Wednesday morning (Jan. 29), leading administrators to close the university both days.

Barnwell said the decision to close alleviated the major worry related to the cold snap.

“Our biggest concern was people traveling to campus from other areas,” Barnwell said. “But with most of the roads closed right now that hasn't been a problem, so far.”

Barnwell said his office has not fielded an increase of calls during the closure, something he attributed to the fact students had things to do.

“The LBC (Lavin-Bernick Center) was open and there have been activities to keep the students busy,” Barnwell said. “Everything is going smoothly right now.”

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