Editorial: Students left in the dark
Students were left uninformed about the campus power outage for an hour and a half Monday. Professors and students scrambled to find new places for classes, or cancelled them altogether. Parking was a madhouse in the Lastinger lot, with traffic backing up all the way to Orange High School because of a dangerously dark structure. The lack of internet in many campus buildings made it difficult for students to study and work on assignments, and some of them made the trip to campus for that sole reason.
We aren’t blaming Chapman for the power outage. Mistakes happen, but we should be informed about them sooner. When the power goes out, so should an email. We need time to plan accordingly.
We shouldn’t be first finding out about it because we drive into a blacked out structure, or see a “Library Closed” sign on the front of Leatherby Libraries. It should not be easier to check a Twitter feed or Facebook for an update on campus happenings from our fellow students.
The power restoration email should have also included a reason for the lack of lights. This is our home. We need to know what is going on—and if it is expected to happen again.
Chapman’s notifications are inconsistent in other areas as well. Sometimes we receive “Community Crime Awareness Notice” emails the same day an incident occurs, and sometimes students are left clueless as helicopters circle the residence halls. While we appreciate these notices, we want more. We want to be able to depend on our administrators and campus officials to keep us promptly informed about incidents and changes to our campus.
We suggest assigning one single person, not affiliated with a specific department, for this job specifically: quick, simple updates letting us know what is going on and why—most importantly, when. The chaos of Monday should not happen again. Students shouldn’t be left in the dark.