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USM students clean-up after tornado

USM students and volunteers clean-up debris from Sunday's tornado. USM students and volunteers clean-up debris from Sunday's tornado.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Many Southern Miss students were back on campus Wednesday, but they weren't attending class. Instead, they were cleaning up after Sunday night's tornado.

They took part in a campus-wide, clean-up effort, just three days after that twister ripped through the southern part of campus. The storm damaged or destroyed six buildings and scattered debris throughout the area.

Wednesday's clean-up was organized by students on social media.

"I created the Facebook group just on a whim, not knowing where it would go and we ended up today, I think we have well over 3,000 that were invited," said Ned Nelson, a junior marketing student who organized the event.

"There continues to be great support and love for Southern Miss and as long as we keep that going, we will restore activities to normal by tomorrow for sure," said incoming university president Dr. Rodney Bennett. He addressed students before they began the clean-up.

Classes are scheduled to resume on Thursday.

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