Shuttles will continue to run today to take volunteers to the Middletown Shelter at the nearby Middletown High School.
The shuttle will leave Usdan at the following times (same as yesterday):
4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm
Shuttles will leave the shelter and head back to Wesleyan at the following times: 5:15 pm, 6:15 pm, 7:15 pm, 8:15 pm, 9:15 pm, 10:30 pm.
If you have any questions contact Zachary Malter ’13 (zmalter(at)wesleyan(dot)edu, 914-420-8827) or Frank Kuan (860-550-5580).
UPDATE 7:40PM: The shuttles are no longer running because power has returned to much of town.
Ladies and gentlemen, the moment we’ve all been waiting for is here. No, it’s not that your dorm has power again. WesWings is back. Although they haven’t explicitly said “dinner tonight” yet, it looks like that’s going to happen. The WesWings Facebook page has provided a continuous stream of humor since the blackout began, including:
“we are now using “CL&P” to replace swear words. Example: That CL&P totally cut me off at the intersection.”
“I fear this blackout may last longer than Kim’s marriage. “
“We are still hopeful that we get it back overnight so that we might return to the normal rhythms of our food service mission” (compared to President Roth’s “By resuming classes we aim to return to the normal rhythms of our educational mission”)
This is Dateline Wesleyan, reporting live from the Exley Science Center, where it’s approximately ungodly-o’clock. Live from the scene, Virgil Taylor ’15 is typing the blurb below:
Salutations. You may have received a bunch of emails today, pointing out that: “One perspective which has been neglected in the administrations response to the snow storm has been that of staff, and the unique needs staff face during disasters like this one.” A whole bunch of Wesleyan students got together and talked about that, and we are starting a whole bunch of stuff to fix that. If you missed out, or were in fact there, go to this link, join the Google Group and join the conversation. Thanks.
More formally: Many students are unsatisfied with the lack of measures taken to provide support or accomodations to the University’s staff during the storm and ensuing outage, especially in light of the administration’s work to resume classes tomorrow. Examples:
Many workers’ homes have lost power and will be without power for days and potentially weeks, endangering University employees’ shelter, food supply, and other basic tenets of survival.
Many university employees have children who aren’t going to school (public schools were closed for the week in Meriden and other nearby areas), and now must make tough and potentially costly decisions about child care.
Many workers face difficult commutes thanks to gas shortages, dangerous driving conditions, and other risks. Even those who do have power, like my boss, are forced to work long hours to fill duties others cannot.
Students have already begun to take action to support Wesleyan’s staff: the Exley supply drive is one of several actions being planned or already underway. Different groups are also coordinating the creation of a formal document addressed to the administration, outreach to the Wesleyan community (like this post) and the greater Middletown/Connecticut community staff are a part of, and working with the employees themselves to ensure that their voices are being heard. For more detailed information, get involved! Click through to see the email that inspired this action:
Receiving word that the Butts, Nics, WestCo, and Hewitt are down again. Other buildings may be out as well. This is independent of the outage scheduled for 3-4am tomorrow morning. Public Safety has confirmed that the four buildings mentioned are down, but does not know if this is outage was planned or not. If anyone has more info about this outage please write it up in the comments section.
[Edit 10:18pm] Clark Hall is also out (confirmed).
[Edit 11:19PM crash] The power will be out for at least an hour. Cause of outage isn’t known at the moment. Fayerweather, Usdan, Exley, Senior Fauv, Frosh Fauv still have power.
[Edit 11:36PM BZOD] Power is back on in the Nics. Also, a message from Public Safety around 10 PM tonight said that the outage would be fixed in “2 hours maximum.” Probably not planned, but the issue might have at least been resolved.
For anyone who hasn’t heard, 200 Church has been evacuated and the building is currently locked. Rumor has it that the building has gotten somewhat chilly. Rumor also has it that the building may stay chilly for several more days. According to ResLife, all residents were notified in person; however, other sources indicate that some residents were notified by word-of-mouth, or not at all. Residents, call PSafe (860 685 2345) with any questions.
Rumor also indicates that there is now a waiting list for dorm lounges for coldpersons to sleep in, but ResLife has assured me that this is quite false. Call ResLife by 11pm tonight to have them place you in a lounge. The normal ResLife number appears to be out of commission; call PSafe and ask them to transfer you to ResLife.
Stay warm everybody, and good luck tomorrow. May the Force be with you.
Wesleyan is in the throws of a massive power outage! For any regular lunchers, this would mean the cancellation of carefully laid plans. However, despite the odds, Mark Popinchalk ’13 and Scott Greene ’13 have had their lunch, and ate it too. This week, Blackout Brunch at Usdan. Stay warm, and have a listen!
Lunchtime with Mark and Scott is an ambitious podcast about two college students eating lunch.
BZOD EDIT, 6:08 PM: All areas affected by the 2:55 PM power outage (Hewitt, Clark, WestCo, Nics, Butts, as well as many classroom buildings including PAC, Allbritton, the CFA, and the ’92 Theater) all seem to have regained power. For the initial coverage of the second stream of power outages, read past the jump.
The WSA has confirmed that Bon Appetit eateries will be open today at the following times:
Usdan Marketplace: Brunch 10-2, Dinner Normal
Usdan Cafe and Pi Cafe: Open at 11
Summerfields: Open for Dinner
Weshop: Open at 11:30
Late Night: Normal Hours
Much of Middletown remains without power, and if you have time today consider volunteering at the Middletown Shelter at Middletown High School, 200 Larosa Lane. The shelter could use help from Wesleyan students throughout the day.
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:
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.