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Power Outage Prompts Marshall to Cancel Classes

September 20, 2008

By RY RIVARD

Marshall University cancelled classes in Huntington this morning after parts of the campus lost power. Some of the academic buildings and several of the dorms have no electricity. There is still power at the Drinko Library, large portions of Old Main and the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center, which have backup generators, said university spokesman Bill Bissett. An underground cable was spliced and needs to be replaced, said Appalachian Power spokesman Phil Moye. Normally that could happen and the university would have power because the school has two electric lines. But the power company is doing construction work on the alternate line. Appalachian expected power to be back on by noon but service will go out again this evening for about an hour so the company can make further repairs. Students seemed to be taking the situation well this morning. With classes cancelled, people are asleep. I was just in the halls and theres nothing stirring, said LeKesha Glover, interim supervisor of the residence halls Faculty and staff were asked to report to campus, though their directors can decide whether or not they should stay.

Originally published by DAILY MAIL STAFF.

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