COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Clusters of University of Maryland students scoured Route 1 for an open restaurant Thursday morning in the aftermath of a thunderous snowstorm that left many homes and apartments in the area – and the region – without power.
The campus was closed for the day, and quiet.
Along the strip of restaurants just south of campus, people futilely shook the doors of restaurants to see if they were open. Noodles & Co. was one of the few that was, and the line there stretched out the door at times.
“I can’t make food, because there is no power in my apartment, and now all these places are closed, too,” said junior history major Gary Roberge, who lives in College Park. “At this point, I’m willing to eat anything.”
Power went out in South Campus Commons around 9 p.m., returned at 9:30 and went out for the night around 10 p.m. Power returned at 11:04 a.m. Thursday, and heat returned to the rooms, said resident assistant Robbie Rosenthal.
The University View, an off-campus apartment building, lost power from 8 p.m. Wednesday until 11 a.m. Thursday, and an alarm went off between 8 p.m. and midnight, residents said.
Rosenthal, a junior government and politics major, was the resident assistant on duty in the Commons Wednesday night. Rosenthal was on fire watch because the fire alarms were not working, due to the lost power. RAs walked around with megaphones in case there was a fire, so they could tell students to evacuate.
“There were a lot more parties than usual,” Rosenthal said. “People were assuming there would be no class,” because of the driving snow that fell throughout the afternoon, ending just before midnight.
More than 7 inches fell at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, and a foot of snow fell in other parts of the state, the National Weather Service reported.
Students flocked to the Eppley Recreation Center on campus Thursday morning. Junior economics and psychology major Chris Chan had to wait to use most of the equipment.
“Right around noon, everyone—and I mean everyone—came out,” he said.
A number of students looking for a place to study gathered in the food court of the Stamp Student Union.
“I’m going to study all day,” said freshman letters and sciences major Cassie Dafin. “There’s not a lot of work yet, but I don’t want to fall behind.”
–by Maryland Newsline’s Collin Berglund