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Archive for Friday, September 15, 2006

Wescoe Hall is closed today

Transformer blew early this morning

September 15, 2006

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Wescoe Hall on Kansas University campus is closed to students and faculty today, officials said early Friday morning.

"There was a transformer that blew this morning at 2:33. Basically, Wescoe's going to be shut down for the day," said Don Steeples, KU's vice provost for scholarly support. "There's a chance we could get it going late in the day, but for all intents and purposes it's closed for the day."

Wescoe Hall is undergoing $3.5 million in renovations to enclose its southside terrace and convert the area into two floors of office space, adding about 24,000 square feet of interior space.

Construction work recently shifted to overnight after Chancellor Robert Hemenway, who teaches a class there, complained about construction noise interrupting classes.

Comments

gccs14r 7 years, 11 months ago

So does that mean that the building is full of dioxin now?

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blobaum 7 years, 11 months ago

This means I don't have to fail a Chinese quiz. Thanks God.

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MadAsHell 7 years, 11 months ago

Don't get your hopes up, blobaum. You'll still fail the quiz. Thanks god indeed.

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jonas 7 years, 11 months ago

blobaum: You must be in my class. Sadly, I was already there when I found out about it. An hour wasted.

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gccs14r 7 years, 11 months ago

Burn PCBs, though, such as in a transformer explosion, and you can end up with dioxin.

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crono 7 years, 11 months ago

In other KU news... anyone hear that the university is getting rid of their popular anti-plagiarism software (turnitin.com)? The provost's office made the decision, yet only announced it just this week; the provost claims that the expense of the software ($22,000) was too much to spend. Unethical students everywhere, rejoice...

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sprango 7 years, 11 months ago

I, too, dodged a quiz through this wonderful act of Providence. I was prepared for it, though, and totally would have aced it. But still.

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lildos 7 years, 11 months ago

A transformer??? How did I miss Optimus Prime!

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walleye9898 7 years, 11 months ago

To GCCS14r and Pilch and others:

It was a dry transformer not an oil filled transformer. It did not blow up. It id not contain any PCBS. There was no release of PCB's, dioxin's, furan's or any other items of concern.

But you better go outside and make sure the sky is not falling!

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morganalefay 7 years, 11 months ago

crono wrote:

In other KU news... anyone hear that the university is getting rid of their popular anti-plagiarism software (turnitin.com)? The provost's office made the decision, yet only announced it just this week; the provost claims that the expense of the software ($22,000) was too much to spend. Unethical students everywhere, rejoice...

They're probably not going to pay for this anymore because there are so many ways for us to catch the plagiarizers for free and without turnitin.com. I've done it and it doesn't even take that much time.

Don't rejoice too soon.

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