Wright Hall briefly closes



Wright hall closed for a short period of time last week due to an electrical issue.

CALEB STEKL, Staff Writer

Wright Hall was closed on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. due to an electrical issue, according to a campus-wide email from Aaron Clingingsmith, current Interm Director of University Relations.

According to the email, an electrical issue on campus was investigated by Facilities Management on the night of Oct. 9. It was determined this issue was isolated to electrical equipment within Wright itself. Consequently, the power in Wright was shut down to allow Facilities Management to make the proper repairs. Power was restored to Wright and reopened by 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Wright, home to the mathematics and computer science department, is one of the oldest buildings on campus. In September 2017, Wright celebrated its 100th birthday with a ceremony honoring two Emeritus Professors of Mathematics: Dr. Bonnie H. Litwiller and Dr. Agusta L. Schurrer.

According to Rod Library, Wright was the 13th building built on campus and currently remains the fourth oldest standing structure. The last major renovation of Wright was completed in the fall of 1992, according to Rod.   

Mike Zwanziger, Director of Facilities Management, and Clingingsmith were both contacted but neither returned our request for comment and clarification. No further information was made publicly available regarding the nature of the electrical issue or the repairs required to fix it.