At RIT, the ‘snow day’ has reached an almost mythical status. Generations of students come and go, with many never receiving a single day off because of bad weather, despite Rochester’s notoriously brutal offerings of ice and snow. In fact, the last time RIT cancelled an entire day of classes was Jan. 15, 1999—exactly eight years prior to Monday’s closing, because of icy conditions.
In just two days since the campus was closed, nearly 2,000 students have joined one or more of the nine different Facebook groups related to the rare occurrence, posing the question, if an event happens and no related Facebook groups are created, was the event actually important? The obvious answer—of course it was important, but it’s just fun to make or join groups that reflect your online persona.
So, without further adieu, here’s a sample of RIT’s “Ice Day” groupsâ€¦
“I was there when RIT froze over” is the largest group, boasting over 1,000 members, and features dozens of locations on campus, iced over by Monday’s wintry blast. The group’s large photo album encouraged others to begin an offshoot, aptly titled, “Sick of seeing all the same pictures of ice, just from different angles”
A few unfortunate students, utilizing RIT’s technology this quarter through a real-time online class, still had a class session despite classes being cancelled. Naturally, this prompted the creation of “Online Class on a Snow Day!?!?!”—a place for students to gripe about the ‘injustice’ of having a virtual class while peers were excused from venturing to classrooms out of fear for their safety.
Finally, members of the groups, “The day RIT closed on a holiday” and “It’s the warmest winter, yet RIT is closed!” ponder the incredible chain of events and inclement weather that caused RIT to close on a day many other schools already had off, not to mention that this happened during one of the warmest winters ever.