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Underground Tunnels Protect University Students

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Some Eastern Iowa college students aren't letting the cold keep them at home this week.

One school is helping their students avoid the elements between classes.

"If you're running late, you can just throw on a pair of shorts and then you're out. You don't have to walk in the cold," said Mount Mercy University Freshman Dalton Conrad.

"As a runner I use it often. Instead of using the treadmill or running outside, I'll run in the tunnels," said Freshman Evan Bowman.

"It's been here a long time. It was originally designed obviously for the steam tunnels and low and behold it just became walking tunnels as well, said Dean of Admission, Terri Crumley.

Crumley says the underground tunnels have been on campus for decades and they connect to most buildings, making it easy for students to avoid the elements.

They're also a huge part of Mount Mercy culture.

"There are drawings on the walls. Our Freshman class each year actually signs the tunnel walls, said Crumley.

Especially in bitter cold days like this.

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