Note: Power was restored at University of Charleston about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Fifteen candles illuminated an otherwise dark cafeteria at the University of Charleston Tuesday following a power outage that affected most of campus.
"People were happy with classes being canceled, but they were bored out of their minds," said Morgan Williams, a freshman from Philadelphia.
A massive snowstorm swept through West Virginia Tuesday thanks to a cold front meeting large amounts of moisture in the air from Hurricane Sandy.
Williams, along with fellow freshman Deanna Jones of Connecticut, came to the cafeteria with about 40 other students as it opened at 4 p.m.
Using words like "horrible," "dark," and "miserable" to describe the day, both were nervous about where they were going to sleep that night. As of late Tuesday none of the five student housing facilities had power.
If the power wasn't restored, they planned to stay at a friend's house off-campus.
Not all of the roughly 750 students who live on the campus had that option, UC President Ed Welch said.
"With people this age, it's kind of a kick for one night," Welch said from the dark cafeteria.
The thrill diminishes as the outage stretches into the second day, he said.
As of late Tuesday, a plan was in the works for alternative housing for students who live on campus, but Welch did not want to provide more information until the details were finalized. It was to involve a central location with blankets and other needed items, he said.
The university has generators in the School of Pharmacy to keep lab materials cool, in Riggleman Hall to run the school's computer system and in the cafeteria for emergency lighting.
Power in the pharmacy building allowed first-year pharmacy student Kyle Sargent to charge his laptop and phone. His home in Cross Lanes was without power, and UC classes were held as planned Tuesday morning, so Sargent decided to stay on campus when that changed in the afternoon.