Basketball update (Go Lancers!) and planning ahead for spring break

Below you’ll find some important, and hopefully helpful, information about planning for spring break, which is coming up the first full week of March.

But first an update on Longwood’s unprecedented success on the basketball court—for both the women’s and men’s teams.

Big News in Women’s and Men’s Basketball

As of today (Friday, Feb. 25) the women’s team (17-11, 14-3 Big South) is tied with Campbell for first place in the Big South Conference regular season. It all comes down to tomorrow’s games (Saturday, Feb. 26),  when Campbell faces High Point and Longwood takes on Hampton for the second time in a week. Longwood vs. Hampton is set for 3 p.m. in Willett Hall, with the game scheduled to be televised on ESPN+. The outcome of these two games will determine where the women will be placed in the Big South Conference tournament, where a spot in the NCAA Tournament will be on the line.

The men’s team, now officially the Big South Conference regular season champions, is heading soon into the conference tournament, where they’ll also be battling for a slot in the NCAA Tournament. As No. 1 seed in the Big South Tournament, the men are scheduled to play in Game No. 5, set for noon on Friday, March 4.

Getting Ready for Spring Break

Your Lancer is probably already looking forward to spring break, which is scheduled for the week of March 6.

If your student lives in Longwood-managed housing, there are some arrangements they need to make prior to the break whether they plan to leave campus or stay on campus.

For residents of Longwood-managed housing, spring break officially begins at 6 p.m. Friday, March 4, and extends through noon Sunday, March 13. No classes will be held Monday through Friday, March 7-11, and university offices will be closed Monday, March 7.

If your student plans to stay on campus during spring break, they need to fill out and submit an “intent to stay” form through the Student Housing Gateway no later than 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 3. Students who don’t fill out this form will not have access to their Longwood-managed housing beginning at 6 p.m., March 4, and extending through noon on Sunday, March 13.

If your student plans to leave campus for break, please encourage them to take care of these tasks before they leave:
—Remove all trash, contraband and/or perishable food.
—Thoroughly clean your assigned living area, including the bathroom and common spaces.
—If applicable, adjust your room thermostat to a low/medium setting.
—Take valuables and important items with you (medication, eyeglasses, wallet, etc.).
—Shut down and unplug all electronics, except personal refrigerators or apartment appliances.
—Turn off all lights.
—Close and lock all windows.
—Lower all window blinds/shades.
—Lock all doors.

Campus Dining Options

Some campus dining outlets will be open during the break. Here’s a quick look at the schedule:
Friday, March 4
Dorrill Dining Hall: Closing at 2 p.m.
Greens To Go and Bento: Closing at 4 p.m.
All food outlets in the University Center, including Starbucks: Closing at 3 p.m.
Moe’s: Closing at 8 p.m.
Chick-fil-A: Closing at 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 5, through Saturday, March 12
All main-campus dining outlets: Closed
Moe’s: Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Chick-fil-A: Open 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (except closed Sunday, March 6)
Sunday, March 13
Dorrill Dining Hall: Open 5-8 p.m.
Pod Market: Open 5-11 p.m.
All other main-campus dining outlets: Closed
Moe’s: Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Chick-fil-A: Closed
Monday, March 14
Regular hours resume

Farmville Area Bus (FAB)

Also during the break, Farmville Area Bus (FAB) service will end at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 4, and is scheduled to resume at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 13.

Redford Street Remains Closed

Due to construction, Redford Street remains closed to normal through traffic. You won’t be able to access Spruce Street from the university entrance on South Main Street near McDonald’s.

Don’t Get Towed!

Please be sure NOT to use private business parking lots near Moss and Johns halls because they are tow-away zone at all times, including weekends.

Information for Residents of Johns and Moss Halls

Picking Up and Dropping Off Your Student 

Similar to December closing and January move in, vehicles will be permitted to enter Spruce Street, which can be accessed by turning onto Wynne Drive from South Main Street, then turning right on Pine Street and right again onto the sidewalk in front of the Health and Fitness Center. During the following spring break times, residents and parents will be permitted to load and unload vehicles on Spruce Street:
Pick Up
Friday, March 4:  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
During these hours, after you have picked up your student, you will proceed down Spruce Street, turn right onto Redford and then exit campus (from the intersection closest to McDonald’s) onto South Main Street. University personnel will be assisting with the flow of traffic during these hours. If you’re picking your student up after 5 p.m., U-turns will be permitted on Spruce Street so that you can exit the way you came in.
Drop Off
Sunday, March 13: noon – 8 p.m.
The traffic pattern for dropping off your student will be different from the pick-up pattern due to the fact that the construction gate allowing access to Redford from Spruce Street will be closed on Sunday. You’ll still access Johns and Moss halls by turning from South Main Street onto Wynne, then right on Pine and right onto the sidewalk in front of the Health and Fitness Center. However, when you exit, you’ll need to make a U-turn on Spruce Street and exit the way you came in. No university personnel will be on site to assist with traffic, so please be patient and courteous to other drivers.

Important Note About Pick-up/Parking Zone fronting South Main Street

With general traffic safety on South Main Street in mind, the congested pick-up/10-minute parking zone in front of Moss and Johns halls will be UNAVAILABLE FOR USE from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, March 4, and noon-8 p.m. Sunday, March 13, and possibly longer if deemed necessary by LUPD. However, you may use this parking zone at other times during the spring break period. Whenever you use this area, please be sure not to block traffic on South Main Street.

If your student will be coming home for spring break, I hope you have a wonderful visit.

—Sabrina Brown