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Power outage cancels classes at Shippensburg

November 01, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - A power interruption that began Sunday caused the cancellation of classes Monday at Shippensburg University, according to a university spokesman.

Much of the campus was left without electricity at about 5 p.m. Sunday, according to Pete Gigliotti, executive director for university communications and marketing. That included a number of academic buildings, residential halls, the field house and stadium, he said.

"We were never in a situation where we were off-line completely," Gigliotti said Monday afternoon. Those buildings that lost power also had backup power to run emergency lighting, fire alarms and other safety systems, he said.

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Power to the residential halls was restored in about an hour, but power had not been restored to several academic buildings and Reisner dining hall as of Monday afternoon, he said. The university at first decided to close Luhrs Elementary School and the Family and Child Care Center, along with day classes, then canceled Monday's night classes when the situation had not been resolved, he said.

The university has approximately 7,600 undergraduate and graduate students, he said.

Despite Reisner being without power, Gigliotti said the university has another dining hall and students were still able to get meals. An emergency generator was being brought in to provide power for the building in case the outage was not fixed by today, he said.

The problems were in two underground power lines on campus and university workers and contractors had been going "manhole to manhole" to track the sources of the power failures, Gigliotti said.

He said he did not know what caused the outages, but that workers were narrowing the search for the location of the remaining power interruption.

Gigliotti issued a statement Monday night, saying university employees have restored power to all the main academic buildings and the university will be open as normal today.

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