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University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono apologizes for late closure, lack of delay

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CINCINNATI – Scott Dannemiller stood on the main campus of the University of Cincinnati with wind whipping snow around him.

“That’s the worst part about it, the wind,” the UC senior said.

Dannemiller, bundled up in jacket and Army stocking cap, started his trudge to classes early Tuesday morning as snow paralyzed the Tri-State’s morning rush hour commute.

It wouldn’t be until after 9 a.m. that the university announced the campus’ closure at 12:30 p.m. Dannemiller’s last class ended at 11:30 a.m.

“I guess it’s just too little too late,” he said.

Dannemiller’s sentiment reflected that of other UC students who found themselves on campus.

“I know that classes were closed the first two days of school because temperatures were in the negative,” said Jazmyn Battie, a junior who lives on campus. “When they (classes) weren’t today, I was a little upset. I saw a couple of cars sliding up Clifton.”

UC administrators said they held off on the closure, not because of snow, but because they wanted to make sure temperatures would drop as predicted.

A short time later UC President Santa Ono took to Twitter, apologizing for not delaying classes, or closing earlier.

In retrospect, I should have insisted on a delay to UC's opening this morning. Apologies to those who experienced a difficult commute,” Ono wrote.

Northern Kentucky University also closed its campus around the same time late Tuesday morning.

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