Students react to power outage on campus

This story was corrected on Nov. 29, 2017 at 5:51 p.m.

By Ashley Inge—

Executive Producer

Today around 11 a.m., the Stephenville campus and surrounding areas experienced a power outage.

The power at the Tarleton State University Stephenville campus has been down since around 10:30 this morning. Photo by Rebecca Hernandez, Texan News.

At 11:15, an email from Code Purple was sent out to students, notifying them that classes were canceled until further notice.

At 12:04, another email was sent out to students and faculty, notifying them that the campus was closed and that only essential personnel should remain to assist.

The power outage has not stopped students from working on projects and homework. Photo by Rebecca Hernandez, Texan News.

At 2:18, a third email notified students and faculty that the dining hall is open and that members of the residence hall staff are helping students. The email also read, “Hoping power is restored by early evening.”

At 2:21, a fourth email from Code Purple notified students and faculty that all evening classes and activities are canceled.

Jennifer Rodriquez, a sophomore psychology major, gave some of her thoughts on the power outage.

“On top of everything else we have to deal with, like construction, this is just cherry on top of the cake,” Rodriguez said.

Marissa Maas, a junior majoring in education, said this was the worst time that the power outage could happen.

Even The Purple Poo was taken aback by the power outage. Photo by Rebecca Hernandez, Texan News.

“We were going downstairs and it was pitch black. It’s the worst time to happen. We have a project due in our next class and we can’t work on it,” Maas said.

PR representative for Oncor, Ken Harris, said that a contractor caused the power outage. Photo by Rebecca Hernandez, Texan News.

Jenna Lane, a junior majoring in education as well, added, “We’re having to do the project on my phone.”

The Purple Poo said that they didn’t realize the electricity was out at first.

“We kind of walked into it. We walked through Wisdom first. It’s dark,” they said.

Ken Harris, the public relations representative for Oncor Electric Delivery Company, explained what caused the power outage.

“This outage today was done by a contractor on site. They damaged some underground cable,” Harris said.

Harris added that he is not sure when the power will come back on.

“We have Oncor contractors on the way now to make the necessary repairs. We will, of course, need to test to make sure the repairs will be done before we can get it back into normal operation. The hope is to have [the electricity back] on today, but it’s going to be several hours [before that happens].” Harris said.

Texan News Service will update this story as we obtain more information.

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