WXYZ999 - I'm sorry to hear about the roommate situation. We did not have this issue as S was in a single freshman year, but we do have a friend who's child had a roommate issue freshman year. They did deal with froco; unfortunately, that alone wasn't able to resolve it. They ended up allowing a move into a room in McClellan that was vacant for the spring semester. It was a big relief for the kid and finished the year on a good note instead of the intense stress that started the year off. This year kid is in a double in a 6 person suite and all is fine. So, there may be other options down the road.
So sorry though - not a good way to start off college. I'm glad that the other parts of school are going well for him, though...I'm sure that helps a bit.
My son's older sister flew to NYC this week to see friends and took the train to New Haven today to visit DS and her alma mater. Tomorrow they will go to NYC and spend the next few days together. I think he's planning to visit friends at Columbia tomorrow and then hang with her and friends.
Mine's at his girlfriend's house in a neighboring state. Sadly they both have so much to do it'll be a working break. Papers, applications for jobs next summer, application for the global affairs major. Not much of a break but at least he's getting some home cooked meals!
My D is the only one in her suite that stayed - the other 5 girls have all gone home. Most of her friends have gone home too, so she is feeling lonely. She has lots of homework, though, so that should be something of a distraction. If I had known that so many would leave, I would have worked harder to try to find an "inexpensive" flight home - I just assumed that the RC would have a fun option for those staying, but I guess not.
My son was a freshman in Farnam, and I remember that the day before the hurricane, JE gave out brown bags of food to the freshmen, so they wouldn't have to leave their buildings. They emailed out precautions, and the frocos had some activities to keep them busy. It was a Sunday, so classes weren't canceled, but some professors canceled classes the next day because the storm affected them. Yale has its own generators, so power wasn't a concern.
Is the entire Yale campus covered by generators (i.e. no loss of power for students living on Old Campus)? How does the school handle storms of this magnitude in terms of keeping students informed about schedule changes, class cancellations, etc.? Trying to figure out whether it makses sense to send D back to school into the path of the storm after fall break.
Yale's proximity to Long Island sound means this is not a new experience. I recall my Freshman year in Farnham (Go JE!) and Hurricane Gloria was supposed to bear down on us. Although we were ignorant to the goings on behind the scene, everything seemed to be in good order --- and this was before any thought of email/text blasts to warn or inform us.
If my kid was at school, unless the hurricane was on top of New Haven, I'd send her back. You gotta remember that the path of storms can't be predicted. To not go back would seem too cautious in my mind.
I'm wondering if a lot of the students who left for fall break are going to have travel issues getting back to NH?
Also, regarding last year's hurricane Irene:
At the convocation they explained that all of Yale's power lines are underground and they have their own independent power station which provides all the electricity to campus. They had no power losses at all during Irene. the kids did get bags of dry goods and bottles of water and were told to stay in their suites. In the end the storm really did not end up being that bad, and classes hadn't started yet anyway. But it was reassuring to know they had a plan in place.
This storm will be more tricky with so many students still away from campus.