College kids battle cold, days ahead of spring break

Harrison Hall (VU Campus)

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) – Another round of winter-weather moved through the Wabash Valley over the weekend, and Sunday’s snow storm left students hoping for warmer days ahead.

News 10 walked along with Olivia Williams, an E-Media student as she made the trip from Walter Davis Hall to the Shircliff Humanities building.

According to its website, the Vincennes University main campus, located along the banks of the Wabash River in Vincennes, boasts 160 acres of ground. The trip from Davis Hall to Shircliff is about a five minute walk, said Williams.

Storm Team 10 forecasted Monday’s high around 20 degrees, but with added windchill, it felt more like single digit temperatures, which had students bundled up.

VU student Jon Alexander told News 10, the key to staying warm on a campus walk is layers. “Oh yeah, I got 1… 2… 3 [layers], I got shorts on under this,” said Alexander pointing to his pants.

Outside of Davis Hall, student Bryan Watson said he commutes to campus which led to his light dress; a suit jacket and tie. He noted there’s a process involved for staying warm if you’re a commuter student; leaving home a little early to get the best parking spots. But for his commuting friends, “Oh they’re bundled up in double layers they have scarves on maybe two hats, two pairs of gloves, they’re keeping warm,” said Watson.

For on campus commuting students, like Williams, the process is a little more specific: “I have five shirts on and I also have two pairs of socks and I also have my jacket which is a double ski jacket but I’m still not staying very warm,” said Williams.

The weekend weather closed Knox County and Vincennes Community Schools Monday, but Vincennes University remained open.

“My teachers been here for like 37 years and they’ve only cancelled school because of weather related things like maybe once or twice since he’s been here,” said Alexander.
“I think it’s ridiculous that we had class today,” said Williams.
According to its website, Vincennes University’s midterm break is scheduled to begin March 10. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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