By KC IFEANYI
The basement of Wyly Tower of Learning flooded with over
six inches of water early Tuesday morning, causing all computing operations,
including the Internet, e-mail, Blackboard and the Bulldog Online Student
System, to be shut down temporarily.
Sam Wallace, director of facility and support services,
said the problem started when a waterline from the fire sprinkler system
separated at the joint, causing the leak.
"We started cleaning up as soon as we got enough
hands on deck," Wallace said. He said because the Computing Center is
located next to the mechanical room for Wyly Tower, minor leaks are common, but
nothing of this magnitude.
"We've had pipe breaks and water go, but nowhere
near this amount of water and not the mud," Wallace said. "This is
probably the worst mess we've seen."
Christie Jones, a senior architecture major, said the
whole situation has thrown off her daily routine.
"It was terribly inconvenient," Jones said.
"I had to go to the Frothy Monkey to get my work done."
From missing online classes to losing precious
registration time, Wallace said he can understand the frustration students, and
faculty, may have.
"I think it's been a huge inconvenience for the
whole campus," Wallace said. "Everything we do on campus is tied to
the computer somehow."
Wallace said eventually everything will be up and running
again, but for the time being, he is asking everyone for a little patience.
Wallace said, "It's one of things that happens and
you deal with it the best way you can."