Power outage occurs in the residential halls of the Wabash Building

by Raneen El-Barbarawi / Staff Reporter

The power went out in the Wabash Building on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Photo courtesy of unsplash.com.

The sound of yells stormed through the building as it suddenly turned pitch black. There was only one explanation for this incident: a power outage.

As the news spread of another “polar vortex” snow storm arriving, residents were quite anxious on how they would be affected. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, the power went out between 8:40 p.m. to about 9:02 p.m. Outages like these are not uncommon for students living on-campus — there was an outage last year in floors 14-31 of the Wabash Building for hours.

So, students began to panic. In fact, many students were overheard calling their parents in fear that they might be in real danger. Other students were using the stairs to go to different floors and try to figure out what was happening.

“Luckily, I live with an RA so I didn’t freak out,” said Kamaria Grayson, 17, a freshman marketing major. “I’m wondering what I’m paying all this money for but, also, I’m okay. It’s just the power went out; it’ll come back on eventually,” said Grayson.

Micquasha Riddle, 18, a freshman majoring in psychology was also upset about the situation. She explained that she was watching a basketball game when the power went out and it made her upset because she “missed the game.”

However, Hilda Rojas-Duarte, the assistant dean for student life and housing, explained that res life took care of the situation by informing the “appropriate building staff so they could work on restoring power.” She also said that they “tried to answer questions from residents during the power outage to the best of their ability.”

RA’s were advising students to remain calm during the incident.

Rojas-Duarte then spoke on the precautions they take to try to prevent power outages. “We don’t control power outages. Unfortunately, they happen at times, just like single-family homes experience power outages,” said Rojas-Duarte.

She further explainedthat res life prevents power outages by prohibiting items that use too much power like large refrigerators or “daisy chains:” an extension cord plugged into another extension cord.

Grayson explained why she believed the power went off. “I know a lot of the times when it gets really cold or it starts snowing a lot, the power goes out.”

“When the power went out, I don’t know what I thought,” Riddle added.

Although the power did not go out in the Auditorium building, there were generated lights in the hallways of the residential halls that weren’t affected by the power outage.

The sign of packed elevators and slow WiFi was indeed an indication that the lights were back on.

“Finally,” Grayson said.



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