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UNI back in business after winter storm


BLACK HAWK CO. (KWWL) -- While a lot of eastern Iowa remained shut down Wednesday, the University of Northern Iowa is getting back to business.  The campus did have a late opening, but classes and events are now continuing as scheduled.

Wednesday night's basketball game versus Illinois State is still tipping off at the McLeod Center at 7 p.m.  But the weather's aftermath may lead to a slow start for a UNI convention.

Students and faculty slid their way into the UNI campus Wednesday afternoon after the college re-opened following a partial snow day.

"I got out a little early today.  Four wheel drive definitely helps.  But a lot of streets weren't plowed until maybe mid-morning," said Matt Goblirsch, a UNI staffer.

"Sleeping in was nice.  But now we have a lot of make-up to do," said Jaimie Bell, UNI student.

In Waterloo, the university is preparing to host its 35th annual "Overseas Education Recruiting Fair."  Hundreds of teaching candidates and schools from around the world around expected to converge at the Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.  But the snowstorm that's slammed the Midwest may mean slightly lower attendance.

"Of course with Chicago being a main hub into Iowa, that's been our biggest obstacle.  But folks there have been real patient and understand that these kinds of things happen in the winter.  And they've done a great job of rebooking and are hoping to get out as soon as possible," said Tracey Godon with UNI Career Services.

The continuing political unrest in Egypt also means two schools from that country won't be attending the recruiting fair this year.  But despite the snags for some in getting to the Cedar Valley, organizers still expect a successful conference, and they're doing all they can to make sure that happens.

Luckily, the recruiting fair doesn't get in full swing until Friday.  So there will be enough time for most participants to rearrange their travel plans.

As for the university itself, a snow day isn't all that uncommon.  Typically classes are canceled for at least part of the day some point every winter.  The last full day closure was in December 2009.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek

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