Kyra Stephenson, of Eagan, Minn., wearing a Spartans sweatshirt and scarf over face, trudges across the MSU campus with other students as another bout of subzero weather arrives in East Lansing. (Dale G. Young / The Detroit News)
Joseph Fox was watching friends at other universities tweet with joy upon learning they had the day off Tuesday because of subzero temperatures.
He kept waiting to hear that Michigan State University would cancel classes, too. But word never came.
So instead of sleeping in, Fox, an MSU junior, woke up in time to eat breakfast, then bundled up and trudged from his dorm room across campus to an 8 a.m. chemistry class.
The temperature then: 9 below zero, with a wind chill of 28 below zero.
“(MSU President) Lou Anna (Simon) is making a statement today,” Fox, 21, of West Bloomfield Township said Tuesday morning. “She wants to put MSU on a different level. We’re tough ... I am walking to class right now, and I am not dead.”
With temperatures dipping below zero in many cities and a wind chill advisory issued by weather officials, many universities shut down for the day, including Wayne State University, Oakland University, Eastern Michigan University and Central Michigan University.
Even the University of Michigan, which hadn’t closed its main campus since 1978, gave students the day off in Ann Arbor, as well as Dearborn and Flint.
Josh Morof, a pre-med sophomore at U-M, thought it was ironic that last week U-M introduced its 14th president, Dr. Mark Schlissel, and the following week the university canceled classes for the first time in 36 years.
“It may be a coincidence but it’s also nice to know that change is possible,” said Morof, 19, of West Bloomfield Township.
But it’s back to classes for everyone on Wednesday. U-M, WSU, Oakland and EMU said classes will be back on schedule. CMU hadn’t made a final decision; school spokesman Steve Smith advised students to check the university’s website.
Today’s forecast is a bit milder, with a morning low of minus 2 and temperatures warming into the mid-teens, according to the National Weather Service.