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first_imgWhile the Notre Dame community usually braves its fair share of winter weather, a combination of road conditions and frigid temperatures Jan. 6 necessitated closing campus for a day-and-a-half.Superintendent Pat McCauslin and Assistant Superintendent Tim Dyczko of the Landscape Services Center were on site to manage the snow removal following the storm. Although campus roads and sidewalks were cleared of snow, McCauslin said the storm left the roads in poor condition around Notre Dame.“[The driving] wasn’t difficult on campus because we were pretty much on top of that situation,” Dyczko said. “Our campus was fine. It was very passible.”McCauslin said side roads around the county were left unplowed for one to two days. He said campus shut down due both to the poor state of the roads in the South Bend area and the cold temperatures.“We were [at] minus 15 as an ambient air temperature, [and there were] 25 mile per hour winds so the wind chill temperature was down to minus 45 for a while,” he said.A countywide state of emergency was declared and no traffic was allowed on the streets, McCauslin said.“When they declare a regular state of emergency they can actually stop and ticket people for being on the streets unless you’re emergency personnel,” he said. “All the staff in landscape services are considered essential personnel with snow emergency situations like that.”McCauslin said in order to stay ahead of incoming storms and to keep up with general landscape the Department of Landscape Services has 31 full-time staff members. Although the staff generally rotates through three shifts during the course of a day over the winter months, McCauslin said situations such as the snowstorm require two 12-hour shifts.“About 4 o’clock in the morning we started New Years Day and worked a full day on until 2 a.m. the next day,” he said.The decision to close campus, however, rested with a university committee advised by Landscape Services, NDSP and the Office of Campus Safety. McCauslin said his department advises on weather conditions while NDSP advises on county and city road conditions to determine whether or not to close the campus.“It’s a difficult decision to make, certainly, in that you don’t want to put anyone’s life at risk,” he said.Not only did this particular storm bring in 12 to 15 inches of snow, it was also a heavy lake snow with a higher water content, Dyczko said.“It takes us a little longer to get it off the roads,” he said. “It’s harder to move. Harder on equipment.”McCauslin compared the snow to the consistency of wet sand.“It can get that heavy,” he said. “And just the way it snowed, it was continuous so it’s just a matter of keeping at it, not letting it build up.”The snow was accompanied by winds that piled the snow in drifts, McCauslin said.“We did a lot of work with drifting,” he said. “It just slows you down, so it slows the operation down. You get one area cleared and you go back 20 minutes later and it’s plugged shut again, so you just keep opening it up and opening it up.”McCauslin also said lake snow is more difficult for meteorologists to precisely forecast. Determining the start and stop times and even predicting potential amounts of snow to be received are more difficult due to a lake effect.“I’ve seen it snowing like hell here and if you went five miles that way it was blue sky,” Dyczko said. “And that’s just part of living in South Bend, you just never know.”Tags: Campus Closure, Landscape Services, Road Conditions, snow, South Bend, WInterlast_img read more

first_imgSyracuse (15-8, 4-6 Atlantic Coast) visits Louisville (16-7, 6-4) just two days after losing at home to No. 2 Virginia. The Orange has also won just one of its last six contests against the Cardinals. See if our beat writers think SU can overcome the quick turnaround and lack of success against the UofL.Matthew Gutierrez (20-3)Move alongLouisville 63, Syracuse 54Syracuse may win on the road only one or two times this season (Wake Forest? North Carolina State?), and Monday night against Louisville is certainly not one of them. The Orange is coming off its worst offensive game at home in nearly 60 years, while the Cardinals are shooting the lights out recently, including a 50-percent shooting performance against Virginia (bravo), a 51-percent performance in a rout of Wake Forest and a 42.9-percent 3-point shooting outing against Florida State on Saturday. SU will run with its thin lineup on about 48 hours rest, a strenuous period made no easier when you consider this: SU has lost five of its last six to UofL. With just eight more games left on the schedule, chalk this up as a third-consecutive loss.Sam Fortier (18-5)AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUofSyracuseLsLouisville 66, Syracuse 52Louisville is great on defense and solid on offense. Syracuse is great on defense and “horrible,” as Jim Boeheim said, on offense. The Cardinals’ recent hot-shooting and their length should be all UofL needs to coast over a struggling Orange squad that hasn’t been great on the road this season anyway. Now, SU is seeing its postseason chances slip further and further away.Tomer Langer (17-6)Not in the CardsLouisville 65, Syracuse 54There are so many different factors working against the Orange in this one. It’s a road game, it’s being played two days after SU’s last game (which happened to be against the No. 2 team in the country), and Bourama Sidibe might not be available again given the short turnaround and the fact that he couldn’t go on Saturday because of his knee injury. Meanwhile, SU center Paschal Chukwu has had arguably his worst stretch of the season. If he doesn’t play up to par, SU will have a hard time contending with 7-foot, 215-pound UofL center Anas Mahmoud. For SU to win this game, we’d need to see a replica of the team that beat BC, because every other performance since 2018 started (including two wins over lowly Pittsburgh) hasn’t been good enough. Comments Published on February 5, 2018 at 3:05 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgHearts of Oak have been boosted by news that striker Mahatma Otoo will be available for selection against arch-rivals Asante Kotoko on Sunday in the Ghana Premier League derby.Otoo picked an injury during their Premier League game with Liberty Professionals on Saturday and there have been concerns about his ability to recover fully in time for Ghana’s version of the ”El-Classico.”The Ghana Under-20 captain has declared himself fit to face Kotoko.“I picked a minor knock in the game but now I feel good and I’m ready for Kotoko on Sunday. It was a deliberate attempt to come out of the game that early so I can be fully ready for the game as been suggested by some fans,” Otoo told GHANAsoccernet.com”Matches involving Kotoko and Hearts of Oak have always been uncompromising and it will be a feather in my cup and that of my team-mates if we beat them. We know it’s going to be tough but I’m positive about our chances.”Hearts beat Kotoko in the first leg 1-0 at the Baba Yara Stadium. Source; Ghanasoccernet.comlast_img read more