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Despite canceled classes, Emerson College maintains calm and sense of community

Posted by Leslie Anderson  April 19, 2013 04:10 PM

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Emerson College canceled classes Friday and closed all non-residential buildings, but dining facilities operated normally and students said the school was doing a good job maintaining calm amid the massive manhunt for the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

The Emerson Emergency Alert system and the school administration have sent out various messages to students, faculty, and staff with updated information since the early hours of Friday morning.

Employees of the dining services were expected to come into work, despite the shut down of the MBTA.

“They’re really doing a good job at keeping students who live on campus calm,” said Nicole Sessions, who graduated in December. She lives in Cambridge but had to stay with a friend who lives near the school when she was unable to take the train home. “They are doing everything they can to give people time to handle this.”

The college had scheduled makeup days on Friday (April 19), Saturday (April 20), and Sunday (April 21) to compensate for days that class had been canceled, but the Dean of Students announced on Friday afternoon that the college will not hold the makeup classes as scheduled.

“It’s a little stressful that academics are being affected,” said freshman student Elliot Friar from in York, Maine. “But that’s not important right now, what’s important is that we are safe.”

The dining services on campus remain open with standard operating hours. Three residences halls — Paramount, the Little Building, and Piano Row — each offer a dining facility, while the fourth residence hall, Colonial does not.

Many of the restaurants around Emerson were closed.

Freshman Shekinah-Glory Beepat, from Carteret, N.J., said that despite the recent events affecting Boston, she still feels safe both in the campus and in the city.

“I love the city of Boston and this hasn’t affected the way I view Boston in any way,” said Beepat.

The college continues to have enhanced security personnel patrolling the campus.

All ArtsEmerson performances have been cancelled for Friday.

Laura Gomez can be reached at laura.gomez@globe.com.

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