Temporary generator powered Rec Center, Rickel

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The two-day power outage that closed the Campus Recreation Center and Rickel Academic Wing earlier this week did more than prevent people from working out.

Classes were delayed, moved or cancelled because of the loss of classroom space in Rickel, and some Rec employees could be a getting a lighter paycheck if they missed work.

The Rec and Rickel were powered by a temporary generator until the transformer can be replaced. The transformer went down Sunday when officials tried to restore power after a planned power outage.

Students who had class in Rickel were given a schedule showing where they should go. Some classes were cancelled, however, because of the necessity of being in a particular classroom.

“Our class was originally moved to the Multipurpose Building, but my professor had to cancel the class because she could not access her office that had material for class,” said Shane Murray, a junior physical education major. “Fortunately my professor says that we will be able to catch up in the next few weeks.”

Students who have jobs at the Rec were concerned about missing work and pay. Jay Iorizzo, the director of campus recreation, addressed these concerns in an email.

“All student employees who worked during the outage are being paid,” Iorizzo wrote. “We had some students stay late when we had no power.”

Students who have regular workout routines were upset by the two-day outage.

“I try to workout at the Rec a few times every week after class,” said Brooke Wissenbach, a junior interior design major. “It was frustrating to have it closed.”

There is still no news on when a new transformer will be acquired.

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