It snowed a lot this past week, particularly on Wednesday. That day, the College declared a weather emergency—not a snow day—and staff deemed "essential" were asked to report to work, keeping students from being left out in the cold.

In the midst of the storm, countless facilities staff were out clearing sidewalks and driveways in order to ensure that students could get to and from their classes. Without their efforts, the College would have come to a halt and many would have been stranded in their rooms.

Dining staff reported to work in full force and ensured that meal services stayed on schedule to satisfy student demand. Security officers were on-duty and driving around campus even at the height of the storm.

We truly appreciate the efforts of the Dining Service, Security, Facilities Management and countless others who went the extra mile to provide students and faculty with the services we have come to expect.

Though Puxatony Phil may not have seen his shadow this week, it is unlikely that Bowdoin has seen its last snow storm of the semester. The next time your inbox gets flooded with parking ban e-mails, take a few moments to thank staff members for their dedication.

The editorial represents the majority view of the Bowdoin Orient's editorial board, which comprises Nick Daniels, Piper Grosswendt, Linda Kinstler and Seth Walder.