Beloit College Magazine

Beloit College Magazine

Summer 2013 (August 1, 2013 at 12:00 am)

Lights Out


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July 31, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Lights Out 

A power outage is always inconvenient, but it was the last day of classes and only a few days before final exams when a snake reportedly wrapped itself around an underground electrical switch on campus. The surge caused a temporary power outage on May 1, seriously compromising the campus power supply. To replace the underground switch, located near the Field House, electric supplier Alliant Energy scheduled a planned outage on May 3, the first day of final exams. Exam times were moved up to accommodate for the loss of power and Internet access, an industrial generator was brought in to power the Center for the Sciences, and students were encouraged to study either in the science center or downtown at the Hendricks Center for the Arts, which is beyond the campus power grid. Students received information about the outage through the college’s emergency alert system and a set of bright posters that were tacked up across campus. The posters included an illustration of a snake and these words of encouragement: “Keep Calm and Beloiter On.” Power was expected to be out from 4 p.m. until at least 10 p.m., but the lights were back on by 6:30.

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