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Sandy Keeps TSU Students In New York City

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- It will be days before Tennessee State University students and their professor can make it out of New York City thanks to Hurricane Sandy.

Two dozen students left last week to attend the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute. The brightest students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities gathered hoping to make a lasting impression on potential employers. This time it's Superstorm Sandy that no one will forget. "A lot of us kind of panicked. We're just like how serious is this hurricane," TSU student Jasmine Hudson remembers about first hearing that the storm would thwart their travel plans.

"The wind was very scary. You could put your hand up to the window and completely feel the pressure with regards to the wind that was coming through the city at the time."

The storm flooded the subway system, left millions without power and caused a crane to partially collapse just blocks from the hotel where the group is staying.

"Everyone saying it's the storm of the century. In all of these years since who can remember we haven't had a hurricane this far north," she said. "I was like oh my gosh I can't get back home?"

For now, plans to come home are delayed until Saturday. In the meantime students will continue to stay at the hotel where they are receiving meals.

"Overall it was a roller coaster of emotions," Hudson said. "But overall I would say it was a great experience."

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund hosted the conference for 500 students across the country.

Now the organization is seeking donations, after facing an extra $250,000 dollars in unexpected costs to keep students safe during the storm.

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