April 19th, 2011
06:36 PM ET

Tornado cuts college's semester short

Damage from a tornado last weekend has forced Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, to cancel the rest of the semester, the school announced.

No one on campus was seriously injured, but dormitory rooms and the Willie E. Gary Student Center, where meals are served, were devastated. Windows and roofs were damaged in other buildings, and trees were toppled and lines were down all over campus, the school said in a press release.

"While we exist to educate these young men and women, our first priority is their safety and well-being," Shaw President Dr. Irma McClaurin said in a written statement aired by CNN affiliate WNCN. "With this widespread damage, we could not resume operations in time to continue classes over the next two weeks."

Shaw is a small, historically black, Baptist-affiliated college that was founded in 1865.

Just eight days of classes remained in the semester, followed by a week of exams, CNN affiliate WTVD reported. McClaurin said students will be graded based on their work so far, and graduation ceremonies will go on as scheduled on May 7. Math and English competency requirements are suspended for this semester, McClaurin said.

The local Mechanics and Farmers Bank has set up a relief fund to help the private university clean up and rebuild, the school said.

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  1. Hbcu

    Truth your an idiot

    April 19, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. K

    Hbcu... you should use the correct form of "you're" if you're going to call someone an idiot. However, I still agree the comment about God's wrath was a little out of line.

    April 20, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    mmmm lol i heard you dont really bite you only nibble

    April 20, 2011 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Where have you been..chrissy? The caddy bloggers are giving me a hard time because I refuse to play the chatroom ho' role graciously...I was thinking about you...you use to tailgate

      April 20, 2011 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Don't nibble...

      April 20, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    Chatroom 'ho role? LMFAO! That's priceless, Mmmmm!

    April 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    tailgate? i never lol but u have noticed hes changed his ways right? he makes much more sense now. and ive just been working nonstop til this week when i had to be in the hospital. i do recall u were the funnest sparring partner i had and have missed it

    April 21, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      I love people with good humor. I blame my grandfather he was a happy man and clown around alot with his grandchildren.

      April 21, 2011 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    and im honored u were thinking about me...i think...depending of course on what u were thinking lmao

    April 21, 2011 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Good pure clean thoughts....chrissy...

      April 21, 2011 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
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    December 5, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
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    December 11, 2011 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
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