The university closed Reese Hall Wednesday after electrical service was lost to the building due to a problem in the underground distribution lines that provide power to the residence hall.
"It's an inconvenience. I have papers to do for tomorrow," Timothy Baker, freshman in business, said.
The building closed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday but was scheduled to re-open today at 7 a.m. Residents had to spend the night in T-RECS.
"Anything we want with us, like pillows and blankets and books, we have to take. And that's definitely a pain," Baker said.
At Reese's 7 a.m. re-opening, the approximately 500 residents were allowed to retrieve clothing, books and other items they needed for their daily activities, Phil Schuerer, vice president for operations, said in a press statement.
The outage began at approximately 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Electrical service to the building cannot be restored until existing supply cables are replaced, which is work that is scheduled to occur sometime today. During the actual work on the electrical system, power will be interrupted to the entire Presidential Courtyard Complex.
The work is to be scheduled to be completed by 3 p.m. today.
Schuerer said that UT Dining Services will make arrangements to provide food at the Presidential Complex dining hall for breakfast and lunch today.
"We regret the inconvenience to our students, but we will make every accommodation to minimize the disruption and to complete the repairs as quickly as possible," Schuerer said in a press statement.