October 29, 2012 at 5:09 PM
It’s not a decision we arrived at lightly, though today it became increasingly clear that Hurricane Sandy’s path through the Centre County area could pose serious safety risks to those responsible for making sure our newspaper arrives on stands each day.
On most days, the Collegian is sent to press late at night to be printed at the Lewistown Sentinel. The trip there — a drive that often starts at about 3 a.m. — takes 45 minutes each way, on a good day, and requires travel over fairly steep terrain.
While it’s still difficult to predict the extent to which hurricane-like conditions will be felt locally, we understand there’s a potential for the weather to become severe heading into the night. With this in mind, we want to avoid asking anyone to risk safety by making that round-trip trek to Lewistown or to face dangerous conditions outside while distributing copies of the Collegian early tomorrow morning.
Though a traditional print edition won’t be on stands tomorrow, we’ll still have full news coverage — Hurricane Sandy-related and otherwise — online. We’re putting together a PDF edition in place of the one that would have been distributed on campus tomorrow, and that should be available later tonight.
A team of staff members has been working throughout the day to post frequent updates online, and we’ll do our best to keep you as in the loop as possible when it comes to campus advisories, notices about the availability of Penn State facilities or event cancellations, important safety information and more.