What do you do for students when wind chills force the closing of school?

If you're Allegheny College, it appears the right choice is to order more than 300 pizzas.

That's what the college did today for students in residence halls after the school cancelled classes Wednesday because of the frigid temperatures and wind chills.

"Because of the extremely cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills we’re facing, our goal was to offer students a fun indoor event on Wednesday evening," said April Thompson, Allegheny vice president for student life and dean of students. "President (James) Mullen had the idea to hold pizza parties in all of our residence halls with games and other activities."

Staff members from the Dean of Students and Residence Life offices worked this morning and afternoon on the logistics, Thompson said in an email, "and we were fortunate that Vocelli Pizza in Meadville was able to fulfill the entire 325-pizza order, even bringing in extra staff to handle the preparation and delivery."

Later Wednesday, the college cancelled classes for Thursday as well.

No word on whether pizzas will be ordered again.

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