Volume 95, Issue 81

Thursday, March 7, 2002
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Western left in the dark

By Michelle Broersma
Gazette Staff

There was no light, no caffeine and no exams at Western yesterday morning when students, administration and various staff members were left in the dark for up to three hours.

A power outage shut down many buildings on campus, including the University Community Centre, Stevenson-Lawson Building and Social Science Centre.

Contrary to rumours that the outage was maliciously caused, the blackout was the consequence of Physical Plant employees working to replace the south substation located behind Alumni Hall.

Dave Riddell, associate VP-Physical Plant and capital planning services, said the outage hit a few buildings before the problem was fixed. "Everything was up running smoothly after a few hours," Riddell said.

He noted the UCC and Social Science Centre took longer to fix than other buildings because they are fed from the west substation.

Many coffee drinkers complained about Tim Horton's lack of service – a result of the outage – but cashier George Alexa said he didn't mind "getting paid for nothing" while he waited out the loss of electricity.

Some students in the UCC gym played basketball in the dark, despite possible safety concerns. "This in an adult facility – members use their own discretion based on the emergency lights," said Michelle Crespi, Campus Recreation member services supervisor.

While some students were happy with the three-hour delay, students in Lambton Hall Residence were not pleased. "I missed a job interview because the blackout shut off [my] alarm," said Jesse Bains, a fourth-year computer engineering student.

The outage also caused problems for organizers of Healthy Lifestyles Week, who had set up booths in the UCC atrium.

Anne Zok, nutrition manager of Hospitality Services, said attendance was lower during the blackout despite the large windows in the UCC atrium.

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