"It's very devastating, all your stuff," added a freshman. "I don't have anything, my credit cards, money, camera, photos—you don't realize how much you have until it's all gone."
*The school is looking for temporary housing for displaced students. It has asked local families for help and is looking into short-term apartments or hotels. Officials are also requesting trailers to hold classes, and two private high schools have offered class space.
*School is scheduled to reopen February 18, but administrators are just beginning to tackle the problem of what to do with lost class time. Options include nudging the academic calendar into June, trading lectures for project work and online courses, and shuffling schedules to lump triweekly classes into biweekly sessions.
*The school's athletic facilities mostly escaped damage, but most of the teams have had their games canceled, postponed, or displaced.
*The school's president says the estimated damages from the storm, which "devastated" 40 percent of the dorms and severely damaged three academic buildings, could reach $40 million. A severe storm that hit campus in 2002 cost the school $2.6 million.
*And although UT-Chattanooga isn't exactly nearby, that school's student government began collecting money for the relief fund; one student hopes to organize trips to Jackson this weekend to assist in cleanup from Tuesday's tornadoes.