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York College restarts after Sandy relief efforts

Special to AmNews | , Khorri Atkinson | 11/28/2012, 11:21 a.m.

"Two of our meets have been postponed to the end of the season in next January and we only are able to have practices in the evenings during the week," said Lamonier. "The facility now smells like smoke and it affects my breathing while I swim. Even my coaches sometime left practices with headaches." Fellow student athlete Tarik Weekes said that regardless of those effects, York athletes must show understanding for the situation that the Sandy evacuees now face.

"At first I felt very upset for the athletes. But when I look that people are homeless and seeing that York is trying to help them, it allows me to be more grateful because it could have been me or anyone else," Weekes said.

On the other hand, other athletes insist that whoever is in charge of the evacuation center should have used schools with larger facilities to better assists the evacuees, which would also have lighter effect on the athletes. Weeks added that although classes were pushed back to Dec. 27, it happened for a good reason. Dr. Lynne Clark, Dean for the School of Health and Behavioral Sciences said she is not sure as to when this will last for, but the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has slowly been relocating evacuees to non-York health facilities.

"Hurricane Sandy has changed the lives of many New Yorkers. York College is pleased that it can contribute towards making the life better for the flood evacuees," said Clark adding, "At the same time, York College is committed to ensure that our student's education and learning is not compromised." Clark reiterated that the administration appreciates the faculty and staff who understand the evacuee situation.