Lack of communication about building closure left students upset, confused

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Liberal arts freshman Matt Cuevas reads a notification taped to the north entrance of Candler Tuesday. All classes in Candler were cancelled because of an electrical outage throughout the building. Cuevas said he didn’t receive an email about the cancellation.  Photo by Melissa Luna

Liberal arts freshman Matt Cuevas reads a notification taped to the north entrance of Candler Tuesday. All classes in Candler were cancelled because of an electrical outage throughout the building. Cuevas said he didn’t receive an email about the cancellation. Photo by Melissa Luna

Women’s basketball game has been moved to Northwest Vista College

By Melissa Luna

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Students who have classes in Candler Physical Education Center had their class cancelled or moved to a different building today because of an electrical outage that has left Candler closed for a second day.

The building is scheduled to remain closed on Thursday for a third day.

Criminal justice freshman Kara Lee went to Candler for class this morning, read the class schedule on the door and realized her class wasn’t on the schedule.

She then checked her Canvas email and realized she received an email from her professor saying class had been cancelled for the day.

“She sent it very early this morning,” she said. “I guess I should check it every morning before coming.”

Because of the closure, the women’s basketball game had to be moved to Northwest Vista College tonight.

Women’s basketball coach Haley Capestany confirmed start time is still 6 p.m.

Yesterday, students were less successful with notifications from their professors.

Liberal arts freshman Miguel Cortez travels in from the Seguin area to take two classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at this college.

“It makes me upset because my second class was cancelled because our professor had trouble getting here because of the weather conditions,” he said. “Would’ve been nice to know I didn’t have to travel on the horrible roads to get here.”

Students are supposed to be notified by college leadership when closures happen on campus.

But, no notice was sent out before classes started Tuesday morning.

“No notice, not even an email,” said biology sophomore Michelle Cantu.

“Finding a parking spot gives me a headache, and I ended up on the other side of the park today,” she said. “Knowing classes were cancelled could’ve saved me frustration.”

Since the electrical outage affected the entire building, no one in the department could be reached for comment.

Phone calls went straight to voicemail, and kinesiology Chair Brad Dudney has not responded by email.

Dr. Lisa Alcorta, interim vice president of student success, could not be reached for comment.

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