But not all of North Carolina's campus was desolate. For some, life went on as usual.
While most students were home with their families for Easter weekend, the North Carolina track and field teams were at work, competing in Saturday's Tar Heel Invitational, their final meet before the ACC Championships.
In front of a sparse crowd and under a brutal April sun, the North Carolina men's and women's teams grabbed 13 first-place finishes, set two new school records and six personal records and turned in a number of NCAA provisional qualifying performances.
Decathlete Mike Cvelbar competed in three events and winning the javelin. Joseph Handy placed first in the long jump.
But the men's team was carried on the shoulders of its throwers. Sal Gigante won the hammer throw with a toss of 61.84 meters, breaking his old school record and qualifying him for NCAAs.
Ian Douglas was just as impressive. Douglas won both the shot put and discus for the Tar Heels. He said he's entering ACCs looking for a victory in the shot put and second or third in the discus.
"I was happy with what I did," Douglas said. "I got my rhythm back today. I haven't been throwing quite as good as I've wanted, but I'm just starting to get things turned around now."
The UNC women relied on the same formula they used for most of the year: throwing, jumping and sprinting. North Carolina had to since it rested much of its distance squad.
Jill Pedretti led the women with a third-place finish in the javelin and a victory in the discus. Her mark of 54-0 1/4 meters in the discus is likely to put her among the top five in the nation, said UNC assistant coach Brian Blutreich.