MU Campus Services work around weather issues

Monday, January 31, 2011 | 7:48 p.m. CST; updated 5:03 p.m. CST, Tuesday, February 1, 2011

COLUMBIA — Despite MU's closing, some dining halls and other campus services will continue to function.

“The primary thing is to make sure that our students’ needs are being met, primarily safety and security, and beyond that, their comfort as well,” said Frankie Minor, director of residential life at MU.

Basic custodial services will be covered by maintenance and custodial staff staying overnight and employees who have been asked to arrive in the morning before the storm hits, Minor said.

Most dining halls will remain open based on location, said Andrew Lough, marketing manager of Campus Dining Services. Dining halls and other food services remaining open include Baja Grill, Mark Twain Market, Mizzou Market Hitt Street, Mizzou Market Southwest, Pavillion at Dobbs, Plaza 900, Rollins and select venues at the Student Center.

Staff living on campus will be working their dining hall shifts, and campus vehicles and drivers have been lined up to pick up employees as needed. Some resources will be available for staff to sleep on campus Monday and Tuesday nights.

Student and other full-time staff living on campus have been notified that they may be called upon to perform extra functions such as shoveling snow and putting salt on sidewalks. They may also be asked to provide support at the MU Recreation Complex and the Student Center, Minor said.

“We expect (students) to be understanding,” Minor said. “I think this is an unprecedented kind of event.”

The MU Alert website and services will continue to update students as to potential changes in the availability of campus services on Tuesday.

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