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Library temporarily closed, reopened

February 11, 2011

Around 2 p.m. today, students and library staff began to notice a burning smell in the Duckworth Library. As a precaution, the library staff put up sign saying the library was closed due to an electrical problem and evacuated Young Harris College students inside the library. According to Dawn Lamade, dean of library services, “one of the lights went out in the library, causing the wire to become singed.” As a result of the burned wire, a burning, gas-like smell began to circulate through the library. “I smelled gas when I was upstairs [in the library,] and it was really scary. Next thing I know we were being evacuated,” said Christelle Vereb, a junior education major from Hayesville. Lamade said, “the library was only closed for around 40 minutes. During this time, we had maintenance check out and replace the light.” Currently, the Duckworth Library is working to ventilate the building by opening their front doors. Despite the day’s excitement, the library is open for student and faculty use. ” Photo by Carmen Brown 


  1. Jack Allen
    February 25, 2011 at 11:30 am

    That was a very well written article. It is also nice to see the university using SGA recommendations. My son was on the SGA for UGA a few years ago and would get pretty dejected at the lack of enthusiasm that UGA had in working with the students.

  2. Carmen
    March 16, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Thank you for your comment. SGA is doing a lot for the student body so were just trying to help let people know. 🙂

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