According to Dean of Students Anthony Campbell, the Cottage and the relocatables on Westminster Choir College do not have power, but classes will still resume. There are plans to work around those classrooms until power is restored.
In the latest update from the administration sent out to the Rider community on Oct. 31 all classes and events are cancelled and offices are closed until Nov. 4. Classes are anticipated resume on Nov. 5. Residents are being advised to not return to campus until another update from the administration, which will be no later than noon on Nov. 4.
Power is out on the Westminster campus, but remains on at Lawrenceville.
Daly’s, Westminster Dining Commons and the Student Recreation Center will remain open.
The Fall Career Fair, Family Weekend, Founders’ Day and theater and other performances are postponed. Information regarding the rescheduling of these events will be provided at a later date.
The course selection schedule has also been revised.
UPDATE, 10:15 p.m. Oct. 29
At approximately 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 a power line caught fire near West Village. According to Public Safety, residents were temporarily evacuated to Maurer Gym until the line, which is not owned by Rider, was turned off; they were able to return afterward.
In the event of a power outage, all of the residence halls are equipped with backup generators that will only activate emergency lights and fire safety equipment. The Student Recreation Center (SRC), the dining halls on both campuses and the Student Health Center also have generators. If there is an extended power outage, students will be moved to the SRC Gym, and if further necessary to unknown location to be determined by Mercer County officials.
Dean of Students Anthony Campbell said that the decision to cancel classes so early was made by M4 (the nickname for the top administrators) with the final decision going to President Rozanski.
Campbell stressed the importance of staying inside and being wary of loose tree branches and falling power lines. He also said that should the lake over flow, the university does have the power to open “the gates.”
“We are here to help,” said Campbell. “In case of an emergency please contact Public Safety.”
Power was out at Westminster by 8 p.m. on Oct. 29. A generator is in place that can power the whole kitchen.
“I think we are doing really well,”Campbell said, adding that he is proud of Aramark, Facilities, Residence Life and Public Safety.
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