A student walks through a pitch-black Humanities Building staircase while using her phone as a flashlight on Sept. 19. (Daniel Hernandez / Golden Gate Xpress)
A student walks through a pitch-black Humanities Building staircase while using her phone as a flashlight on Sept. 19. (Daniel Hernandez / Golden Gate Xpress)
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Power Outage disrupts SFSU campus, Administration urges morning classes to be held remotely

The outage lasted about two hours, PG&E expects full restoration later today

A power outage affected part of San Francisco State University’s main campus for about two hours this morning. The outage caused some morning classes to be canceled and rendered certain facilities almost useless.

SFSU sent two text message alerts within that time. The first announced a power outage and the second urged for classes starting before noon to be moved to remote learning.

However, some classes that started around the same time of the outage continued through the blackout. Xavier Coloyan, a communications major, had just finished their 8 a.m. class in the Humanities Building before power was restored.

“I walked into the Humanities Building, it was just pitch black in there,” Coloyan said. “I just thought that it’s probably going to be an old-school kind of teaching day.”

The power returned around 9:45 a.m. PG&E said on their website that the complete power restoration is expected at 11:30 a.m.

SFSU sent another text message update at 10:30 a.m., which stated that power had been restored to campus and that all in-person classes after noon could resume as scheduled. 

Kent Bravo, SFSU’s media relations specialist, said that power distribution lines to campus were disrupted, causing some –– but not all –– buildings to lose power. Backup generators allowed some buildings to continue operating.

SFSU Campus Recreation received approval to reopen the Mashouf Wellness Center at noon, but the Natatorium is scheduled to be closed for the rest of the day and will return to regular operating hours on Wednesday. 


Editor’s note: This is a developing story and may be updated. 



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Daniel Hernandez (he/him) is a transfer student from the Inland Empire majoring in bilingual journalism. He also oversees Golden Gate Xpress' Spanish section. His passion for storytelling and journalism started after he bought his first camera six years ago. What began as a fascination for taking photos and videos grew into a passion for multimedia journalism. When he isn't researching for an article or working as the Spanish editor, he explores the Bay Area or falls down a YouTube rabbit hole. Daniel Hernandez (él/ellos) es un estudiante transferido de Inland Empire con especialización en periodismo bilingüe. También es el editor de la sección en español de Golden Gate Xpress. Su pasión por el periodismo comenzó después de que compró su primera cámara hace seis años. Lo que comenzó como una fascinación por tomar fotografías y vídeos se convirtió en una pasión por el periodismo multimedia. Cuando no está investigando para un artículo o trabajando como editor de la sección en español, explora el Área de la Bahía o cae en una madriguera de YouTube.
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