Lights out on the bayou


Students on the west side of Bayou DeSiard were a little stunned when the power cut off around noon on Saturday.

Wi-Fi on campus and power in the residential halls continued, but the university library went without power for a few hours. 

Heather Pilcher, the library’s coordinator of special collections, immediately went into action to check if students were okay when the power went out.

“It wasn’t planned, and it was unexpected. I went and checked all the floors, and everyone was fine up there. The elevators work, so nobody was stuck on the elevators. That was my main thing- making sure everyone was okay,”                 said Pilcher.

Some students were even working in the new InfoCommons Lab on the library’s second floor.

Pilcher said, “They [the computers] should come back on. There were some students taking a timed test, but I gave them my contact information, so their professors can email me.”

Pre-nursing junior Allison Comeaux was working online in the second floor computer lab.

“I’m a little bit annoyed, and I was almost done when the computer cut out,” Comeaux said.

Sophomore pre-dental hygiene Anna Seal was also annoyed.

“I wasn’t doing anything online, but it is a bit annoying, because it’s very dark since not all the lights are on,” Seal said.

As of Saturday night, the cause of the power outage was unknown. 

ULM has yet to inform students and faculty of possible causes        behind the outage.