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Updated! Storm makes attendance difficult

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By JAMES MARCHES

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy nearly everybody found themselves in a difficult situation trying to reach school. Student Blair Cassell admits he was trapped in his house until Thursday due to downed power lines and trees.

“I’m the last house on a dead end street, I couldn’t get to school Wednesday,” said Casell.

Other students on campus had no way of knowing what’s going on at school because of wide spread power outages. Outages not only affected Fairfield County, there were several states with citizens who lacked power.

“I didn’t have any internet or T.V. so I didn’t know if I had school,” said student Christopher Fulton.

Anyone that relies on public transportation to get to school Wednesday was also at a loss because of suspended or changed services.

“I missed class because Metro-North was down and I was in New York City,” said Andres Ortiz.

According to Christine Mangone, Music Theater instructor, the hardest part of any post storm planning for anyone is figuring out who has school and who doesn’t. She says you have to figure out ways to handle that as well. Mangone’s children didn’t have to return to school until long after the college reopened.

Mangone said she couldn’t get to school the normal way that she comes because it was all blocked off. The way she did find to school was still dangerous.

“I drove over wires and under trees,” said Mangone.

According to President David Levinson he had no power at his house either, but had no problem getting to campus. He knew not everyone would be able to make it on Wednesday, but that the school would be a welcome resource to anybody who needed it.

Students were permitted to use the facilities for many of the needs they had: showers, cellphone charging, internet access, and heat among other things.

Levinson also stated that Governor Dannel P. Malloy made it clear all state workers were to return to work on Wednesday and that all of the faculty, himself included, are state workers.

“The college never lost power. One of our obligations as a state school is to provide services when conditions are permitting,” said Levinson.

Levinson also said Provost Pamela Edington sent a message out to the entire faculty to remind them to be understanding of students conditions. Attendance should not be held against anyone for the days following the storm.

“Our staff and faculty typically very understanding of the impediments or the encumbrances students are facing in their lives,” said Levinson.

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