By Clifford Michel
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At about 4:00 a.m. this morning, the College of Staten Island began experiencing a power outage throughout its 204-acre campus, forcing administration to cancel classes and leaving droves of students living on campus in the dark.
The outage is due to the failure of an “electrical substation.”
The College announced at noon that all classes and scheduled activities were cancelled for the rest of the day.
“CSI is working closely with the University and Con Edison to resolve this issue as quickly as possible,” the Office of Finance and Administration said in an email to the student body.
CSI’s Dolphin Cove, which houses more than 400 students in its residence halls, told students to stay put and assured them that they will be updated regularly.
CSI student housing’s management confirmed to the Banner that international and out of state students will be moved to the College’s recreational center, 1R, which has backup generators, by noon.
Sandwiches and water will be provided for the students staying in 1R.
Students from the five boroughs were told to go back home by noon and were provided one-way ferry shuttle service.
The evacuation is primarily because Con Edison still doesn’t know what exactly caused the power outage.
“At this time we are asking that residential students remain in their units until further notice,” Dolphin Cove management emailed residents.
Students at the residence halls are more concerned with day to day issues such as: food spoiling, the lack of Wi-Fi, and the overall inconveniences that comes with the loss of electricity.
“I’m going to use all of my data by the end of the day,” said one student nervously making his way through the dark hallways.
CSI administrators aren’t off the hook from work:
“All essential and emergency personnel are expected to report as scheduled,” the Office of Finance and Administration wrote.
Last year there was another power outage at CSI, due to a squirrel getting electrocuted in a feeder. It lasted from 5 p.m. to nearly midnight.
Students living at the residence halls were forced to move into 1R at that time as well until late in the evening.
President William J. Fritz and Vice President Ira Persky, bought pizza for students who were forced to stay in 1R.
There was a third blackout in December 2014. Students saying at Dolphin Cove were also forced to stay in 1R till the power came back on.
Editor’s Note: We have updated this developing story to reflect the latest changes.