Irene's gone and AESOP's on: a Monday update

With the wind and rain from Tropical Storm Irene long gone from Maine and New Hampshire, the college’s Annual Entering Student Outdoor Program trips will depart from campus as scheduled on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

To accommodate later arrivals to campus, today’s traditional AESOP opening ceremonies have been moved later in the afternoon, to 6 p.m., at the college’s Keigwin Amphitheater.

AESOP co-directors Mike Sagan ’12 and Kellen MacFadyen ’12, along with the Dean of Students, are monitoring river levels across western Maine and New Hampshire, where rainfall totals were highest. The college will make any adjustments needed to maintain the highest levels of safety on all trips.

The official National Weather Service forecast for Maine and New Hampshire for the next several days is for calm winds, mostly sunny skies, and temperatures in the 60s and 70s as a “quiet pattern sets up for the rest of the week.”

Access to residence halls

Access to residence halls is available to incoming AESOP students well into Monday evening. Access Control staff will be on hand in Perry Atrium, Pettengill Hall, until 7 p.m. to provide room keys and access cards to arriving students, and AESOP trip leaders will be available to let later arrivals into their dorms.

For later arrivals

Alternative trips have been arranged for students who arrive too late to join the trips they signed up for.

Students are urged to inform AESOP leaders of changes to itineraries and arrival times, whether you’ll need to be picked up at a transportation facility, and especially if you expect to arrive much later than initially planned.

  • Email or call Kellen MacFadyen at 207-330-0610. If you can’t reach Kellen right away, be sure to leave a voicemail with your plans and a contact number.