Students at UNCW are pretty calm even before a storm approaches our area. But as a precaution, school officials canceled all classes and issued a voluntary evacuation. UNCW Emergency Management Coordinator, Suzanne Blake said, "We wanted to give students the opportunity to leave if they felt unsafe staying here. But we also feel like it's safe enough that we can house students in the residence halls if they do want to stay on campus." "I'm going to stay, I had an opportunity to go home, but since it was voluntary I figured I would wait it out,” said Ryan Chapman, a UNCW student. 3,600 students live on the UNCW campus. More than half of them chose to stay put and ride out whatever Hanna has in store. For some, like freshman Quin Sweeney, this will be the first encounter with severe weather. "This is the first time, I’ve been through a couple of bad spotty storms back in my home town but nothing like this,” said Quin. Even though Quin hasn't had to contend with a storm like Hanna back in Virginia, he seems to be taking the threat in stride. "It probably won't be that bad just some heavy rain and winds," said Sweeney. With no class and no place to go, many students are celebrating the change of weather. "I am happy in that I have time to catch up on some work because that is always important. We live a fast pace life here at UNCW and to have a little break is good,” said UNCW Resident Assistant, Gogo Lomo-David. Quin Sweeney has other plans. "Probably not, classes are canceled so I really don't have much home work so it's pretty exciting,” he said. If conditions were to worsen, a mandatory evacuation would be issued for students. They would be required to leave campus or be placed in the homes of host families.
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