Page 12-Saturday, September 6, 1980-The Michigan Daily
AMHERST, Mass. (AP)-The
sprawling University of Massachusetts
campus resembled a ghost town
yesterday as fewer than 700 students
remained to brave a water shortage
that sent about 14,000 of their
classmates streaming back to their
Without the students, who were sent
home Thursday, the water shortage
eased and town officials lifted a ban on
water use. They said supplies should be
back to normal today.
THE UNIVERSITY USES about half
of the 3.4 million gallons of the water
consumed daily in the town, and water
use has become a hot political issue as
the university grew during the past
A gentle rain fell on parched reser-
voirs last yesterday morning. Town of-
ficials said additional water supplies
from a reserve well in neighboring
Hadley should provide sufficient water
to allow the students to return on Sun-
Taps in 70 per cent of the school's 51
dormitories were dry when Chancellor
Henry Koffler cancelled classesshortly
before noon Thursday and ordered the
dormitories, which house 14,000 of the
school's 19,000 students, closed.
SIX HOURS LATER, most of the
dormitory residents, some with knap-
sacks on their backs and others laden
with overnight bags, had left by car,
bus, thumb or bicycle for a long
weekend at home or in camps in the
green hills of Vermont.
University officials said nearly 2,500
students were evacuated by 50 buses
that took them to Worcester or Boston,
where the university draws the bulk of
THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS arrange transportation out of the U-Mass. at Amherst, where a severe water shortage
has forced the school to close. With just a few hundred students remaining, and a slightly replenished reservoir after a
morning rain, those still in Amherst are rreportedly enjoying the return of a water supply.
For about 400 resident assistants,
who were ordered to stay, and about 300
foreign students and others who had no
place to go, it was a lonely night.
ONLY SCATTERED PINPOINTS of
light could be seen in the towering 22-
story dormitory towers. One dorm
complex, which normally houses 2,200
students, had less than 40 students.
"It's nice and quiet and relaxing. But
when you are used to seeing thousands
of students around it's like walking
through a ghost town. It can really get
to you if you are not with someone,"
said Joe Bailey, a student from
Bailey, who works for the student
newspaper, was one of a doten students
left in a dormitory that normally houses
TOWN AND UNIVERSITY officials
sought to place blame for the shortage.
Although Koffler said he first learned of
the shortage Wednesday night, Amher-
st Town Manager A. Louis Hayward
said he sent U-Mass officials a letter
two weeks earlier, warning that the dry
hot summer weather could produce
"Historically water has been a
problem in the town," said Chuck
Lacey, who heads the newly forme.
Amherst Town. Water Conservatioi
Project. "We are a small town with
small reservoirs and if it doesn't rain
for six weeks they dry up. We've been
taking a gamble for years with the ex-
pansion of the university."
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