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University of Illinois’ Phyllis Wise Faces Racist Tweets for Not Canceling Classes

Students (and plenty of professors) love snow days. But when they can’t get what they want, is that any reason for a blizzard of hate on Twitter?

That is among the questions raised by the reaction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign when Phyllis M. Wise, the chancellor, opted to keep classes as scheduled Monday, despite extremely cold weather. That some students would take to Twitter to gripe is not shocking. But a flurry of comments focused either on Wise’s status as a woman, as an Asian-American, or both.