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Ben Auerbach chose to leave his car parked at home in favor of riding Metro Rail to the University at Buffalo South Campus today.

“It’s more convenient,” said Auerbach, noting that Metro Rail’s Allen-Medical Campus is just a short walk from his home in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood.“It’s not pleasant out, but I grew up here, so I’m used to snow storms. I’ll probably leave work early today, if I can, before it gets real bad,” he added.

For Auerbach and others who either work or study at UB, that decision was made a little later in the day for them by university officials who at noon decided to cancel all classes and activities on both the South and North campuses.

However, before that happened, medicinal chemistry major Christian Matthews found space in a Diefendorf Hall study area to cram for an impending exam. The pre-med student could not recall a time over the three years he has spent at UB when all classes and activities were canceled.

“For the most part, classes don’t get cancelled,” Matthews said.

“I had an exam last semester, and it was at 7 o’clock at night, and it was actually worse out than it is right now, but we still had the exam. About half the people walked in 15 to 20 minutes late,” he recalled.

“I normally take the bus. I live on the North Campus in one of the campus apartments. It’s more convenient for me,” Matthews said of riding the bus.

“I don’t mind getting up an extra 10 minutes to walk over to the bus stop... It’s less stress on me. I don’t like driving in the snow. I leave an extra half-hour to get down here. I have class in another hour, so I stopped to study beforehand,” he added.

A few minutes later, Matthews checked his mobile device and found a UB alert advising students and faculty that the school was shutting down at noon.

UB architectural student Kate Martell was not disappointed as she waited to hop a Metro Bus back to the North Campus.

“I didn’t have any other classes here this morning,” Martell said, shortly after learning that a studio class she was supposed to attend on the South Campus had been canceled.

“I’ve got studio Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and I happen to have recitation, as well. So I was really happy that they were canceled,” she said, before boarding her bus.