Power outage darkens campus

"A power outage left Oswego State in the dark for a two and a half hours Thursday. The cause of the outage is unknown at the time of publication.

"Power went out on campus just before 12:30 p.m. and was fully restored by 3 p.m.

"The City of Oswego was spared in the power outage, as well as Sheldon Hall.

""As far as I know we haven’t lost power in any major area in the city," City of Oswego Police Captain Tory DeClaire said.

"Director of Public Affairs Julie Blissert said the power outage was a National Grid problem and unrelated to the substation that broke down three weeks ago.

"A sign posted on Penfield Library’s doors announced that classes would be canceled until 4 or 5 p.m. when the power was to be restored.

""National Grid told us that the power will be returned between 4 and 5 p.m.," said Penfield Library Services Manager Carol Carter. "They said 30,000 people are without power."

"However, Blissert said that the only way classes would be canceled is if students received a SUNY N.Y. Alert call or email announcing as much. A SUNY N.Y. Alert was sent to students at 2:05 p.m., following a phone call. The alert announced that classes would continue for the day.

""My experience today was slow," Blissert said. "It took me three times to send a message."

"Blissert thinks this is because there was increased usage of the SUNY N.Y. system today due to various weather issues throughout the state.

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