SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Seton Hall University students in residence halls will be provided with “hurricane packs” by the university’s food service provider on Saturday night, according to a report by www.thesetonian.com

The approach of Hurricane Irene prompted Seton Hall University to close its campus on Sunday and tell students not to leave their residence halls, according to a broadcast e-mail sent by the university.

The university had already canceled the New Student Convocation, scheduled for Sunday.  Thesetonian.com reported that the dean of Freshman Studies, Associate Provost Tracy Gottlieb, said this is the first time in her 11 years as head of Freshman Studies that the university has canceled the convocation ceremony.

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Commenting on the cancellation, Gottlieb told the setonian.com: “We just want to make sure that come Sunday, all our new Pirates are settled in and ready for the storm.”

Freshmen moved into their dorms on Thursday, and upperclassmen began moving in on Friday. In addition, Vice President of Student Affairs Laura Wankel said students who live off campus will be provided housing on campus, according to thesetonian.com.

The student news website also noted that Xavier, Boland and Aquinas residence halls are equipped with small generators that will power such things as exit lights but will not fully power the buildings.

Thesetonian.com is also reporting that security personnel will be stationed in residence halls and that a hotline will be established in the basement of Walsh Library. In addition, the university will post regular updates on its website, www.shu.edu.