BY ANTONIO IANNETTA
The power outage that shut down County College of Morris Wednesday, March 19 sparked a variety of reactions from students; many were surprised, some were happy and others were downright furious.
“It was such a nice day, it wasn’t raining or snowing,” said Allen Alquinto, a nursing major from Morristown. “I wasn’t expecting a cancellation.”
She said she did not receive the Titan Alert notification until after she arrived at CCM Thursday morning. Upon arrival, she was surprised to see how empty the parking lots were. While waiting for her 12:30 p.m. class, Alquinto spent her time at Dunkin’ Donuts with a friend catching up on her homework.
Titan Alert notifications informed students that the campus was closed on Thursday, but not all students received the message in time.
The school lost power as a result of a downed wire on Route 10 at approximately 7:30 p.m., according to Michael Obremski, area manager of Jersey Central Power & Light Company. More than 250 customers in Randolph were affected. By 10:30 p.m., crews were able to perform a staged restoration and all but 33 customers were restored. CCM’s power was not restored until Thursday morning, March 20.
This caused the college’s website, Blackboard Learn and other services to go down, as well as electronics and lights across the school to malfunction and eventually shut down. Shortly after the loss of power, Titan Alert notifications informed students that evening classes would not be meeting.
While students who did not have evening classes on Wednesday did not know what had happened until later, some students were present in the college buildings during this time.
“I was trying to open the automatic doors in the main buildings when the power went out,” said Dan Martinoni, a graphic design major at CCM. “The door just stopped moving halfway through, and I had to push it the rest of the way.”
Martinoni originally did not suspect anything was wrong. It wasn’t until other students around him began wondering if the power went out that he realized what had happened.
The college remained closed until 11 a.m. the following day, Thursday, March 20. This caused classes that would have occurred before that point to be canceled, much to the delight of some students.
“I have a public speaking course at 9:30 on Thursdays,” said Rebecca Campbell, an international studies major. “Our speeches for that day were pushed back, which I was really relieved for.”
Campbell added that she did not miss any other classes, though she was concerned about what had happened.
“Some people told me that they couldn’t get on Blackboard,” she said. “I didn’t have to check it at that time, so I didn’t go on, but I wasn’t sure what happened until a friend told me about the power going out.”
Natasha Go, a sophomore at CCM, has her first class on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and her second at 2 p.m, which means she leaves for class at approximately 8:30 a.m.
“I didn’t know that school was closed until I got [to CCM] because Titan Alert didn’t get to me until then,” she said, adding that she had to drive back home, a trip that takes her around 30 minutes, wait for her next class and then drive back to CCM.
— Melissa Dellacato, editor in chief, contributed to this article.