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It appears that the beginning of the end is near.  Rothocalypse brings us the inside scoop on our tribulations thus far, and the promise of classes tomorrow.

And here I was, just settling into the warmth and comfort of a rival library in New Haven…

Without further ado, the update from the man himself:

Dear friends,

As you probably know, the weekend’s snowstorm has wrecked havoc with many of the power systems of the region. In particular, the Connecticut Light and Power electrical grid has sustained unprecedented damage, and the Middletown area has been without electricity since Sunday afternoon. This has left Wesleyan without power in the central campus area for the first time in memory. We have backup systems for emergency lighting and for our servers, which have functioned properly. Medical services are available at Middlesex Hospital, and Public Safety is available to any students in need of assistance. We have provided a shelter area at the Science Library and have been serving meals at the Usdan University Center. Sandwiches will be available at Usdan today from 2 to 4 pm, and we will provide further information about meals pending restoration of power.

We are working with local officials and our own engineers and are hopeful that power will be restored to the central campus area sometime this evening. This will happen in stages, and there likely will be interruptions — a normal part of the process. Supplying electricity to the wood frame houses and the surrounding area will take longer, and we will send information in this regard (including places on campus where students may stay) in the next 24 hours.

We do anticipate that classes will be held Tuesday.

The aftermath of the storm has been challenging, and I am grateful to the staff, faculty and students who are all pulling together.

Yours truly,

Michael S. Roth
President

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    1. Asdf

      woodframes, high/low-rise, program houses; basically most juniors and seniors.
      it’s ridiculous. i’m emailing the roth and my dean.
      concerned parties should do the same.

      1. Anonymous

        Let’s be realistic, though – how would that help? They’re probably pulling together whatever available physical-economic resources they can to power what is truly essential: the central campus, being the fundamental means of hot food production and distribution, as well as internet provision and other means of communication.

        I’m sure if they could have everyone of us regain power, they would certainly do so; the fact that they speak only of central campus powering probably means they have a finite supply of power to expend. To email Roth and the dean with your complaints on the matter of unequal power supply would be a complete waste of time, and would probably serve more as making you look like a whiny little dick than a person with a justifiable right to complain.

        If I were to complain, however, it would be for the pretense of requesting a lowered expectation of what is to be pumped out for classes that would presumably resume. Of course, I only say this because I’m supposed to give an in-class presentation this Wednesday, and holy shit, it’s too damn cold to read the damn book.

        1. Ayn Rand

          Asdf’s not whining. A lot of students got the hell off campus yesterday. It’s ridiculous to resume classes with unheated or powered residences. Either we stay off campus and miss class or rough it out in basically uninhabitable structures. 

          1. anony

            Even if classes “officially” resume, will individual professors hold classes? What about those profs who live in central CT and have lost power/have their own messes to deal with at their houses? It might be worthwhile to e-mail profs individually to ask if they plan to have class.

          2. Ayn Rand

            That’s not the point. Assuredly many professors will have to cancel classes, but that pushes what should be the administration’s job onto the professors, especially when the university should be closed. There is no good reason whatsoever that the university should be officially open when half the student residences (which we’re forced to live in) are virtually uninhabitable.

          3. anony

            I agree with you completely, but in the event that the administration doesn’t listen to our complaints, contacting individual professors is our next best option.

          4. Anonymous

            Maybe I’m writing from a position of uncertainty, but as much as there are people who have fled campus, there are also a substantial amount of people who have not. I’m going to make three points:

            1. Given that this is an anomaly in terms of administrative jurisdiction, and given that this is indeed is a state of semi-emergency, I can understand a few oddities that may be perceived of the university’s decision to keep classes going beneath current conditions (a representation, perhaps, of the university trying to provide the service that warranted its existence). But a university is a university, and I bloody well got on a plane to come here to get an education under any and all conditions by any and all who would opt to teach me in the current circumstances. My personal position is that the question of classes should be taken off the administration’s backs for now – they have far too much to deal with – and onto the individual discretion of the professors, who may have their own mess to deal or who may wish to provide some structure to the day for themselves and the students.

            2. The uninhabitable structures argument is predicated on the assumption that juniors/seniors are going to be made to stay in said uninhabitable structures until full power is achieved. As the email spells out:
            “Supplying electricity to the wood frame houses and the surrounding area will take longer, and we will send information in this regard (including places on campus where students may stay) in the next 24 hours.”
            As such, this predication may well not be the case, pending further updates, and it may well be the case that we will be able to attend classes beneath functional means. Also, it’s not THAT uninhabitable – it could be much worse, like a hurricane or a tornado.

            3. I stand by my earlier position: if individual professors do hold classes, expectations should be pragmatically lowered. This should allow room for those who are off campus and who wish to stay off campus to coexist alongside people who are here and who are cool with the idea of classes.

          5. Simon

            “Fled” is a funny word to use when we were encouraged by the administration to go elsewhere. 

            The administration has far too much to deal with, AND classes are the entire point of a university?  Seems to me that if classes are the entire point, then the administration has no  priority higher than deciding whether or not there should be classes in a given situation. 

            The “uninhabitable structures argument” (has it already been made so many times, in such a constant form, that it deserves such branding?) ignores the pointless ambiguity of “we will send…in the next 24 hours.”  That last phrase meant, at the time, “we want you to come back to campus tomorrow, we don’t know where you’ll stay yet, but if you just trust us, we promise it’ll be okay.” 

            It’s completely unacceptable to say “we anticipate that classes will be held” while at the same time refusing to give students information about where they will be living.  Really speaks to the best of priorities. 

            I think it’s awesome that Roth has such a great apologist, though.  I’m sure you’ll make a great middle manager. 

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