For those still without power, now may be the perfect time to finally work on those visualization skills...
With promises to update the student body again tomorrow evening–barring any unforeseen events in the interim–Rothocalypse writes again to assuage the less-gruntled members of the student body.
Fear not, fellow WesKids, the administration has heard (some of) your cries! Acknowledging that these “are not ideal conditions for resuming coursework,” Rothocalypse makes a convincing point: “having classes, even when assignments are not completed, is preferable to not having classes.”
Take a deep breath everyone, trust that the administration and your professors are (contrary to some popular belief) working in your best interests and trying as best they can to get back to business as usual, and start wondering if the fact that “city businesses [have] started serving customers”–as reported by the Patch–means that Titanium/The Nest will be open tomorrow.
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.
First, they told you that igloos weren’t safe. Then, they told you the outdoors weren’t safe (and then made you go to class in those unsafe conditions). But did they tell you that the insides of (non-snow) buildings weren’t safe either?
The Middletown Eye reports that the roof of a building on Main Street collapsed, as shown above.
“We were up on the third floor and we saw the beams start to sag” said Mike Dipiro, owner of a building at 505 Main Street which collapsed this morning. “And then we saw it crack. I told Chris (Conley) to run, and I called 911.”
“We just got down from the roof and I felt the blast,” said Sammy Bajraktarevic, owner of the Luce building and restaurant. “And I felt the blast. I was holding an umbrella and my first instinct was to hold the umbrella up to protect me from the blast. And I started screaming at the top of my lungs. I was screaming for Mike because I thought he was in front of the building.”
“I was standing in front of the building, and the firefighters heard it,” Dipiro said. “They said to run and I did, and then it just blew right across the street. The bricks were flying.”
The third floor was used as a storeroom for Oddfellows Playhouse, so it lost 36 years worth of costumes and props in the collapse.
No, it’s not an awkward thing to do. Not when you’re in Middlebury, as The Hidden Ivies claims Wesleyan is. It’s clearly a mistake–towns and burys–because they seem to know we’re in central Connecticut (I’ll let you judge for yourselves if we’re safe, have a fair amount of off-campus social and commercial opportunities, and have easy access to those cities listed). Or maybe all liberal arts colleges really are the same?
Either way, the weather forecast gives reason to be somewhat grateful we’re in Middletown, CT and not Middlebury, VT. The (upgraded) Winter Storm Warning for us seems to indicate we’ll get some PSafe emails: [Updates in bold]
HAZARDS… HEAVY SNOW… SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.
ACCUMULATIONS… 7 TO 12 INCHES OF SNOW ACCUMULATION… LOCALLY HIGHER IN ORANGE COUNTY… AND UP TO A HALF AN INCH OF ICE ACCUMULATION BY LATE WEDNESDAY.
IMPACTS… TRAVEL WILL BE IMPACTED TUESDAY THROUGH AT LEAST WEDNESDAY EVENING. SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL MAKE FOR DANGEROUS TRAVEL. ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL LIKELY KNOCK DOWN TREE LIMBS AND POWER LINES.
…ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY… (Grounds for closing school tomorrow please?)
Isn’t wordplay awesome? Yes, you’re right: it is! Anyway, you may have noticed some white stuff out there (it’s brown some places too). For those of you unfamiliar, it’s snow. And here’s what students think, as posted to the Wesleyan YouTube page:
Note the WesCeleb at 0:42, who very rightly so points out that the snow is very aesthetically pleasing (if you don’t know who that is, you should). Judging by my Facebook news feed, not everyone is happy with the snow. But one thing’s for sure, no one is less happy than the people in the Butts without hot water. Also, here’s something I found aesthetically pleasing not too long ago:
Those who are back on campus have probably noticed by now the remains of last week’s Snowpocalypse, combined with the morning’s freezing rain: a post-apocalyptic swamp of slush and ice and icy slush ominously coating everywhere you could possibly want to go. (For a real fun time, try walking from Lawn to Usdan.) Those who are not back on campus might probably blame it on the weather. Power lines are down. Trees are falling. My internet is fucked. (Currently liveblogging from the Butt C stairwell—sup, Airwes?) Here’s the P-Safe Advisory I just found in my inbox:
So the awesome RAs of Hewitt and HM of Science Hall have put together a program that combines ALL OF THE BEST ELEMENTS OF WINTER!! Forget the disgusting ice that makes you fall on your butt when you walk down those stairs by Davenport, and join in on some sledding and hot chocolate.
Rishabh Phukan ’10 sends in:
Come Sledding with Science Hall and Hewitt RA’s (Jeff Stein and Franni Paley)! We’ll be sledding from about 12-1 on foss hill so meet us out there. From 1-2 we’ll be in science hall in hewitt 8 making hot chocolate and being merry. Come out and enjoy some of the wintry weather and the accompanying treats that make it worth it! Bring your friends for some winter adventures!
Date: Sunday 1st Feb Time: 12-1 Sledding on Foss Hill, 1-2 Hot Chocolate at Science Hall in Hewitt