Blackout at the Labs

Power cut problems at the New Museums Site sent students packing.

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Lectures were cancelled and Cam FM was forced to stop broadcasting when a power cut today plunged the New Museums Site into darkness.

The cut struck around 10.30am, cancelling lab sessions and causing lunch to be delayed (malnutrition alert), before being restored after 2:00PM.

Early attempts by engineers diagnosed the fault point in nearby road works, where it is believed that an 11,000-volt cable was damaged during the improvements.

The National Grid said the majority of their customers now had power restored, but engineers are still at work.

Electric Feel: power cut panic at the New Museums

Emily Fernandes, a Robinson student, claimed that it was “spooky” walking among the dinosaur skeletons in the Zoology Museum.

Another commented that she received a “real shock” when the lights on her microscope failed.

She added: “Lectures may be cancelled, but of much greater concern is that we now lack access to the stream of verbiage that is the Varsity website,” whose service was also tragically disrupted. “Undoubtedly it has ruined my Monday morning.”

The Tab and other more powerful on-line services were impervious to such problems.

This is the second major power cut this term, after St. John’s was left in the dark two weeks ago.