The entire Notre Dame campus lost power around 9 p.m. Thursday evening for “undetermined reasons,” according to University spokesman Dennis Brown. Wei Lin | The Observer “Power was restored across the campus at 10:33,” Brown said. “No injuries were reported. Power plant personnel are working to determine the cause.”Brown confirmed that people had been trapped in elevators during the outage, which lasted about an hour-and-a-half.Certain locations on campus, including residence halls, quickly regained power after the outage, reportedly through backup generators. Just before 10:30 p.m., some buildings on the north end of campus regained power, and at 10:33 p.m. the rest of campus recovered it as well.Firefighters and police flocked to the power plant on North Quad after the outage began.Brandon Russo, a sophomore employee at the Huddle, said he noticed unusual amounts of smoke coming from the plant as he evacuated the LaFortune Student Center.“The power plant looked like it was working overtime — there was a lot of steam,” he said.Russo said he saw the Hesburgh Library and buildings on North Quad buildings lose power.“The [Huddle] register went off, and then the fire alarm turned on,” he said. “We went outside and North Quad and the library had lights on, then went down.”Adam Hill, manager of operations for the Student Activities Office (SAO) facilities, said employees in LaFortune followed “standard protocol” during the incident.“We always look to ensure the safety of the students first, so we allowed students to be on the first floor hallway while the fire alarm was going off so they could stay out of the cold,” Hill said. “We wanted to make sure we were a safe haven for the students.”Hill said he maintained communication with other SAO and University representatives in order to prioritize student needs.“I was in contact with my supervisor [director of SAO facilities Brian Fremeau]. He was in contact with the University spokesman and his boss,” Hill said. “We were getting directions very quickly, and that’s how we were able to make the decision to let students back in. … We wanted to make sure we were a safe haven for students.”Diane Orlowski, library security monitor at the Hesburgh Library, said staff members asked students to evacuate.“We cleared the building because the elevators weren’t working,” she said. “Once the decision was made [to evacuate], it took maybe 10 minutes to clear it.”Senior Shelley Kim said she heard a “buzzing sound like a dog whistle” in the library, followed by a louder noise.“Out of nowhere, with a snap of your fingers, all the lights went out,” she said.Tags: Hesburgh Library, LaFortune Student Center, power outage, power plant, SAO
A THRILLING double over-time win propelled Marian Academy over Kwakwani Secondary when action in the Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG)-organised National Schools Basketball Festival Girls Developmental competition continued on Thursday at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH).The 33-32 point victory carried the Georgetown school atop the group and placed them against the weaker St Stanislaus side in the semi-finals, scheduled for this afternoon (16:30hrs) at CASH.Kwakwani Secondary will meet Queen’s College in the other semi-final.In the earlier round, both Marian Academy and Kwakwani registered victories against their opponents (Marian had whipped Saints by an incredible 31-2 margin, while Kwakwani had defeated QC 29-19).In the highly anticipated clash on Thursday Jada Mohan led Marian Academy with 13 points six rebounds while Kelliann Sauers added 10 points and Jahrier Young six points six rebounds.Shania Sears was on fire for the Berbice River school. She dropped 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Support came from J. Trim, who scored six points to go with four boards.QC finished the preliminary rounds in third place after whipping Saints by a score of 23-6.Naiomi Barkoye powered her way to a whopping 16 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. Sharay Johnson led Saints with four points.BOYS’ DIVISIONIn the U-14 Boys’ Division, Saints, Kwakwani and President’s College all claimed victories and have booked semi-final spots.The semi-finals are scheduled for this evening, from 18:30hrs. President’s College will meet St Stanislaus before Kwakwani Secondary battle Bishops’ High an hour later.The U-18 men’s final is set for tomorrow at CASH with President’s College set to battle Berbice High from 17:30hrs, before Kwakwani Secondary face New Amsterdam Technical Institute (NATI) from 18:30hrs.All three finals (Girls, Boys U-14 and Boys U-18) will take place next Saturday (July 13).The Festival is sponsored by Edward B. Beharry and Company Ltd, the National Sports Commission, Banks DIH, Exxon Mobil and Bounty Ltd.
The council voted unanimously at Wednesday night’s meeting to create the committee. Meanwhile, the council is taking another step to explore cityhood. Two members of the West Ranch Town Council, plus one from the Castaic Town Council, will attend a two-day seminar in Sacramento this month dedicated to studying the formation of new cities. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich will pay the tuition for a couple of the town council members attending the seminar. Antonovich is also funding the $25,000 initial study looking at cityhood for the area. West Ranch Town Council member Ron Mechsner said the goal of the committee is to get more people talking about the area’s future. Mechsner said he only learned about the $25,000 study when Bossert announced it at last month’s meeting. STEVENSON RANCH – The West Ranch Town Council wants more residents involved in exploring the creation of their own city and is forming a committee to talk about the area’s future. About 15 to 25 residents would serve on the Citizens Advisory Group. As a $25,000 study on the possibility of forming a city from the communities of Stevenson Ranch, Westridge, Castaic and Val Verde gets under way, committee members will talk to residents about the study and get feedback, members of the West Ranch Town Council said. “We’re looking to get a very diverse, interested group of people who can analyze information,” Councilman Dave Bossert said. “We don’t know if there’s enough dollars and cents here to form a city,” he said. “So let’s get that information on the table.” The West Ranch Town Council asked anyone interested in sitting on the Citizens Advisory Group to attend the council’s March7 meeting. The committee is open to residents of all the areas proposed for cityhood. email@example.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!