Escalator stuck midwaythrough trip causes terrifyingsituation
54 passengers on board anescalator traveling from theﬁrst ﬂoor to the secondﬂoor of the Cornwall Centrefaced grueling circum-stances when their escala-tor stopped workingmidway through the trip.
Passengers were stuck for morethan 13 hours as the Cornwallrepair crew tried to fix the prob-lem.“We don’t really knowwhat’s going on. This is the firsttime something like this hashappened to us, and we apolo-gize for the inconvenience andtime delay that this has causedour customers,” said Cornwallexecutive director Wendy Troy.The Cornwall Center has two escalators transporting passengers between both floorsofthe mall. The center also has astaircase that customers canmanually climb to reach the sec-ond floor.“I usually take thestairs, but today, I thought Iwould change my mode of trans- portation,” Laila Hood said.“Now I’m stuck here, and I’vemissed my dentist appointmentand my son’s soccer game. Thisis really frustrating.”Beyond just missingimportant appointments, passen-gers also described the event astruly horrific.“It’s a simple journeythat’s turned into such a crueland unusual punishment,” Roger Benny said.Terry Wood agrees.“For the first time inmy life, I know what it’s like to be in a hostage situation. It’sscary. You are just stuck waiting,not knowing what’s going tohappen,” he said.Cornwall’srepair crewwas able to fix the problem – anoverheated motor – and passen-gers were gifted with shoppingcards for their troubles.
by the numbers
number of people startled annu-ally by unpredictable but scary es-calators
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being stuck on an escalator can give people a sense of goingnowhere.
‘Stop your bitching’
ScantronEssay prototype toreplace sessional instructors
Backlash against cuts to theEnglish department about theloss of many sessional and TAinstructors has caused the uni-versity administration to reverseits decision. “We’re pleased toannounce our new innovativeway of delivering supplementaryinstruction in the form of a pub-lic-private partnership withScantron,” president VianneTimmons announced onMonday.“We’ve found Scantronto be very effective in helpingwith the marking of exams inBusiness and Engineering, but Ithought, why do we have tolimit the efficiencies of Scantronto those faculties?” Provost TomChase added.Come fall, professorsteaching English 100 will beaided by the new ScantronEssay proto-type. It works in the sameway Scantron’smultiple-choicetests work, where a test is fedthrough a machine and a scoredetermined by a computer.However, some peopleare stuck in the past and unwill-ing to embrace innovation.“Are you fucking kid-ding me,” department head Nicholas Ruddick told Metro.“How the hell is a computer go-ing to mark an essay?”“It’s literally just a pa- per shredder,” third-year studentWilliam Wenaus added. “You put your essay in the machine,and it comes out in shreds.”
Shredding papers seemed like a clever solution to dealing withhaving to mark student work:Innovation!