By Jillian Schwartz
Blame it on the squirrel.
When the power went out at Loyola University Chicago Monday afternoon, it was because a squirrel chewed through one of the wires at an off-campus substation, university officials said.
Some buildings at Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus lost power early Monday afternoon, including the Information Commons. Some buildings, including Mertz Hall, the Student Union (CFSU) and Coffey Hall received power from another source and were able to stay running.
Many other buildings–most notably the Information Commons–suffered a longer time down, causing students to relocate to other buildings with power to do their work.
The power was completely restored to campus after about one hour.
All because of a squirrel.
Kana Wibbenmeyer, Associate Vice President for Facilities shared details on the issue:
“On Monday, October 31st, around 2:00pm, we lost power from ComEd feeder 8456 which provides power to the following buildings: