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BY DARLA SLIPKE dslipke@opubco.com Published: February 2, 2011
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Oklahoma State University senior Rachel Branch crossed her fingers and hoped for a snow day when she was a girl.

Monday was no different, although Branch is about to graduate from college.


Branch, a biochemistry student from Wichita, Kan., was thrilled when her Tuesday classes were canceled because of the weather. She and her classmates cheered when they heard the news Monday afternoon.

“It's really a treat,” Branch said.

Colleges throughout the state closed Tuesday. Many, including OSU and the University of Oklahoma, also canceled classes today. Officials said safety is their primary concern when deciding whether to close for inclement weather.

Students and faculty said missing course work is a nuisance, but they enjoyed the opportunity to sleep in and avoid the bitter cold and slick roads.

Blake McCammon, a University of Central Oklahoma marketing senior from Bartlesville, got about five extra hours of sleep Tuesday morning. Usually he is awake by 6 a.m. for work or school. On Tuesday, both were canceled.

McCammon opened his garage door, saw close to a foot of snow in his driveway and went back inside.

“It was pretty deep, so I decided to stay warm and stay inside,” McCammon said. He planned to stay at home for the remainder of the day.

Susan Barber, acting provost and vice president for academic affairs at Oklahoma City University, said Tuesday's storm was unusual because officials knew early the storm would cause major trouble. College officials often have to wait until the morning to make decisions about cancellations. This storm was predicted to be so bad that officials made an early decision, giving students and faculty plenty of notice. Many schools announced the news about Tuesday's cancellations on Monday.

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