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Power restored at McDaniel after Thursday classes are canceled

McDaniel College used Twitter to share an announcement with the school community Thursday evening: "Power has been restored on-campus at #McDaniel! Thanks for everyone's patience!"

The tweet was good news for the school, which has been without power on parts of the campus since last Sunday. McDaniel canceled all undergraduate and on-campus graduate classes on Thursday, marking the third day this week that some classes had to be called off.

Officials said aging infrastructure slowed work to restore power to all buildings on the campus.

The Hoover Library, Baker Memorial Chapel, Gill Center and Merritt Hall remained without power as of Thursday morning, college spokeswoman Cheryl Knauer said.

Residential halls did have power, but had intermittent outages as crews continued work, according to Knauer.

A transformer failure Sunday afternoon left most buildings without power and forced the college to close Monday. Power was restored to many academic and residential buildings Monday night and classes resumed Tuesday.

Although the college held classes Tuesday and Wednesday, Knauer said the college decided to cancel Thursday classes because intermittent power outages were expected throughout the day.

College officials had expected  power to be restored to all buildings Thursday afternoon, according to Knauer.

Although the building that houses the campus dining hall had power, students Thursday received boxed meals for breakfast and dinner. The college was expected to order pizza for students' lunch, Knauer said.Junior Annie Brown, who serves as a features editor for the student newspaper, the McDaniel Free Press, said that students are enjoying the time off from class to relax and catch up on work, but some are becoming frustrated by missing so many classes.After Thursday, Brown said she will have missed six classes because of the power outage."I'm upset and I know some professors are upset," she said.Brown acknowledged that the transformer failure and the repairs are out of the college's control, but said the college could have done a better job communicating with the students on why it has taken so long to restore power and when classes will return to normal."It's not fun anymore, it's frustrating," she said.

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