Despite some of the coldest temperatures in most students' lifetimes, The Ohio State University has not yet canceled Wednesday classes.
So students are taking matters into their own hands.
A student by the name of Nicholas Riggi started an online petition that has very nearly reached its goal of 25,000 as of Tuesday afternoon.
From his petition:
This article states that it is going to be extremely cold on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019. The temperature is set to be in the -40s. This extreme cold can cause exposed skin to freeze within 10 minutes.
Most students, including myself, live off-campus, even with the buses, we have atleast a 15 minute walk to campus, if we miss the bus, it can easily become a 20 minute walk.
This petition is to cancel classes on the day of the most extreme temperatures, Wednesday, January 30th, 2019.
It is too dangerous to be outside in this cold for an extended period of time, so why should students be forced to go to class?
Ohio State has canceled classes due to weather just 13 times in the past 40 years, so this seems like an uphill battle, but closing for extreme cold wouldn't be unprecedented. The university canceled classes for two consecutive days in January of 2014 for temperatures warmer than those expected on Wednesday.