West side of campus experiences power outage

Anne Buie

Some of the residence halls on the west side of campus, including Frank and Newland, lost power around 5 p.m. Monday. 

The power returned around 6:30 p.m.

“It was a little bit scary, because I was just about to get on the elevator when the power went out and if I had been just a little bit earlier, I would have been stuck in the elevator,” said Rachel Long, sophomore international business major and resident of Frank Hall.

However, freshman elementary education Rachel Austin was not as fortunate.

Austin was in one of Coltrane Residence Hall’s elevators when the power went out. The elevator then stopped between the seventh and eighth floor.

Austin called her resident assistant, Quinn Griffin, who then called the university police.

“She called the police and I just sat there,” Austin said. “I just waited and they came and got me.”

Austin only had to wait approximately half an hour before she got out of the elevator.

“I was like thank God I’m out of here,” she said.

She said she was relieved to be rescued, but the experience wasn’t a “big deal.”

Later Mondat night, students in Newland Hall also began reporting incidents of flooding from sinks, toilets and showers on the first floor. 

Emergency repair men were sent in and got the flooding under control around 1:30 a.m.

Director of Housing Tom Kane said housing will repair carpets with water damage and have the students back in their rooms as soon as possible.

No official statement was released by the university, but Director of Housing Tom Kane said this is a problem that could happen anywhere.

Story: KATIE REULE, Intern News Reporter and KATELYN BYNG, Intern News Reporter