Posted: Feb 21, 2013 12:32 PM by Janine Reyes
Updated: Feb 21, 2013 12:59 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- An overnight power outage at Texas A&M Corpus Christi extended into today for three buildings on campus, causing some changes for classes, meetings and food options.
Many students and some staff at Texas A&M Corpus Christi went to their destinations, only to find darkened lights and a closed sign on the doors.
"Is it closed," Associate Professor of Education Steven Rodriguez asked us as he walked up to University Center and realized it was closed. He planned to spend the morning in a meeting, but had to call for alternate plans instead. "I was coming for a university student publication committee meeting," Rodriguez said.
Initially, the power went out to many buildings on campus Wednesday night while AEP tried working on some lines.
"Throughout the night they worked to get the power back on in most buildings," said Gloria Gallardo, Director of Communications.
When that didn't happen at the Dugan Wellness Center, Island Hall and the University Center, staff sent out about 15,000 emails and 12,000 text messages through their emergency alert system.
"All of the students on campus, whether they were scheduled to have classes in any of those buildings or not were sent an email and a text message early this morning, telling them exactly what to do, call their professors or their supervisors," Gallardo explained.
Despite that mass messaging, some students didn't actually get the message until they walked up to the building, we ran into several of them on campus.
"I didn't get the email this morning," said student Samantha Sandante whose first class of the day, Calculus, was cancelled. "Finding out class was cancelled and then a book I needed to buy today, is in there," she said, pointing to the University Center, which is also without power.
Since Samantha can't buy her book or go to calculus class today, instead she'll spend her time studying.
Others missed out on meals. "Coming in after lab, that's kind of depressing I don't get my eggs and bacon. Have to go home and eat pizza rolls or something," student Cole Castleberry said as he peeked into a darkened University Center.
The university's catering department did relocate staff and food to other open facilities like Baja Café, Starbucks and Subway also stayed open.
Power is anticipated to be out in those three buildings until tomorrow. Other portions of the campus could also lose power, so university staff says make sure to check your emails and text messages for updates.
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