Hi there! It’s been awhile I know. Actually I’m too embarassed to write myself, so my students are doing it for me. Allow me to introduce them, one at a time, first names only to protect their privacy. Short sentences only to protect their brain power. They are talented, enthusiastic, creative and hopefully learning more every class about ethics and the media. Today’s conversation-one you’ve probably talked about too, especially if you live in the area of New Jersey or Connecticut affected by the power going out!
Bonnie, an athlete from Germany writes, “No one ever really told you when the power definitely will be back. The electric companies in charge…should be more responsible!” Lonnie from Florida writes, ” Was it right to put everybody in one gym when forced to leave the dorms?” Abbas named the adventure, “Trick or Sleet”. “I was left locked out of my hotel that would not compensate me for the night.” The Bronx was quite a distance from class! Michael says, ” No power so I was bored out of my mind. What the hell? I had a paper due Monday that I couldn’t do.” Bryan is doing what the utility companies should-thinking ahead, “Shouldn’t there be a contingency plan???” Edward went home to Massachusetts, 3-4 hours! Only to be told to come back! Did someone forget the state of emergency and hazardous travel situation?! He missed 3 classes, no fault of his own. Alfredo reports there were some unethical ghosts playing pranks on unsuspecting people caught in the dark. Shame on the spooky trespassers! Waydell reminds tech people, no power means cell phones running on low; text messages or calls, important ones about what to do and where to go during the storm, don’t get through!And even worse, there was no hot water. Tayona also writes, cold showers are no fun. Everyone knew it would snow, but had no idea what kind of damage it would cause. Anna writes, “Trees crashed on power lines. Traffic lights didn’t work. ” Jason adds, as an athlete, “I know how difficult it was to get homework done, not sleep in our own beds, hardly eat during day, and still compete in games or practices.” Gary describes it as a scary adventure, choosing, “I did not stay in my apartment near campus. I was at home in Jersey City relaxing.” And Tabitha had the favorite: ” It even ruined plans but not for me! hahaha! I was still able to go through my everyday life normally. I still had electricity, heat and hot water:-) Dejan sums up the sentiment, indeed. “Saturday was a day to remember.”