Classes resume Monday, residence halls reopen Saturday

A sideways tree near the bridge behind the Towers after Hurricane Sandy. (Jamie Primeau / Editor-in-Chief)

Classes will resume on Monday, Nov. 5, according to a TCNJ Emergency Alert sent to the College community on Thursday. Residence halls will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 3 and students are encouraged to check in with Residential Education staff upon return.

The College has been officially closed through Friday, Nov. 2, according to a campus alert sent Tuesday. This is because academic buildings and the library were without power after Hurricane Sandy.

“Power has been restored, but travel throughout much of the state remains hazardous,” said Matt Golden, associate vice president for Communications College Relations, in an email on Thursday afternoon.

“TCNJ has been taking steps throughout this tragic situation to safeguard and provide guidance to its community members,” Golden said in an email statement. “We are now doing whatever we can to assist and accommodate our students, faculty, and staff, many of whom may have seen significant damage to their homes and towns.”

Golden explained that the College is providing blocks of time when faculty and staff can use the Recreation Center showers this weekend if that is helpful to them. The dining halls will also be open to the faculty, staff and their families.

The campus-wide alert encouraged students to use their best judgment when returning to campus and be mindful of road closures as well as the availability of fuel. It also encouraged those who are considering carpooling to visit the College’s iCarpool website.

During the storm, the residential buildings did not lose power. This is because power was provided by the campus cogeneration plant, Golden said.

According to Golden, there were about 400 students on campus throughout the storm. Students were provided with bags of pre-packaged food on Monday, Oct. 29.

After closing Monday at noon, Eickhoff opened on Tuesday with limited dining options. The dining hall hours for Thursday and Friday are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The C-Store also reopened on Tuesday. Its hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. For the weekend, it will open from 10 a.m. to midnight.

T-Dubs will also open this weekend from 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, according to the TCNJ Dining Services website.

Now that power has been restored to campus, the College is opening its fitness centers to students this weekend, according to an email from College Relations.

The Aquatic Center will open from 11 a.m. to 3 pm on Saturday and from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The Physical Enhancement Center will be open from 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Recreation Center will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 12 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Students should carry TCNJ ID if intending to use any of these facilities, the email said.

The College’s Hotline is currently not functional, according to the campus alert.

Explaining issues with phone service, the alert stated: “Telephone service to TCNJ’s campus is working inconsistently. Our telephone service provider, Verizon Business Systems, has been notified and is addressing the problem along with other regional telephone outages. Campus phones are functioning for on-campus calls but calls from off-campus do not get through.”

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