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Marshall commuter students struggle during storm

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Commutes became an issue for Marshall University students during winter storm Octavia.

Marshall decided to cancel classes just after 9 a.m. Monday as snow showers intensified.

For some students, like freshman Cayley Yonkosky, the cancelation came as late notice.

Yonkosky, nursing major, commutes from Winfield, West Virginia, almost an hour away.

“I left for school at 7 a.m. because I have a class at 9 [a.m.], and knew the roads would be bad,” Yonkosky said. “I ended up almost wrecking into some people, so I turned around because it was just too dangerous to be out.”

Nearby student residents are concerned for their safety along with those who travel to campus.

Ethan Bartlett, senior music education and anthropology major, said he does not believe enough action is being taken in making cancelation decisions.

“In my four years here, this makes my second snow day,” Bartlett said. “Where I come from, the superintendent of schools drives some of the roads and decides that way. I honestly don’t think the powers that be thought hard enough on this. Students, faculty and staff were in danger…

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