Making up

Power outage forces MCO students to play catch up

Ferris State University optometry students had to make up classes missed during the two day power outage that affected the west side of campus.

Optometry student Emily Sanford said the power outage directly affected her class schedule.

“It canceled some of our lectures and our labs,” Sanford said. “It pushed back some exams.”

Second year optometry student Michael Dewitt had to reschedule two different meetings and two of his exams were moved to a different date.

“We had to make up five hours of lecture,” Dewitt said. “We essentially missed that entire class.”

Ferris’ Vice President Fritz Erickson said they approach moving students to alternative buildings on a case by case basis.

“A lot depends on classroom availability, lab requirements and which buildings are ultimately impacted,” Erickson said.

As of now it is too early to tell what the electrical system will ultimately cost the university.

“This is a very rare and unexpected event,” Erickson said. “This type of power loss is the first in my time at Ferris.”