December 11, 2001 11:00 pm

By Dick Mason

Observer Staff Writer

Eastern Oregon Universitys campus is usually a quiet place in late December. This winter it will be even quieter.

The campus will essentially be shut down for much of the time between Dec. 22 through Jan. 1 to reduce energy consumption. The step is being taken because all state universities and agencies have been asked by Gov. John Kitzhaber to reduce their annual energy consumption by 10 percent.

EOUs conservation plan calls for it to put two major four-day closures in place. The closures will run from Dec. 22 to Dec. 25 and from Dec. 29 to Jan. 1. All buildings on campus will be closed except for the residence halls. Students staying in the residence halls during Christmas break will be encouraged to turn down the temperature in their rooms but this will not be required.

Another exception is Loso Hall, which will be open on Dec. 29 for a scheduled event.

The rest of the campus will be closed to all but safety and emergency personnel during these two four-day periods. Professors, however, will be able to get into their offices.

A less stringent closure will be in effect Dec. 26-28.

The remaining time (Dec. 26-28) will be considered a central closure where we will not require offices or buildings to be open to the public, said Darlene Morgan, vice president for administration and finance.

Following are the guidelines which will be in effect for Dec. 26-28:

Badgley Hall closed to the public.

Loso Hall closed to the public.

Pierce Library open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days.

Inlow Hall closed to the public.

Ackerman Hall closed to the public.

Zabel Hall closed to the public.

Hoke Hall closed to the public.

Student Health Center closed to the public. It is normally closed to the public during the holiday break.

Residence halls open but temperatures will be controlled.

Quinn Coliseum its pool and general recreation area will be closed to the public. Quinn Coliseum will be open for team practices, games and scheduled activities.

Fitness center and tennis dome closed.

Physical plant it will be open limited hours for EOU


Most Eastern staff members will not work during this time because of the shutdown. However, steps have been taken to ensure that staff do not lose wages because of the shutdown.

Affected Eastern employees were notified earlier. As a result, many have been working extra hours over the past month to make up for the hours they will miss in late December, said Tim Seydel, assistant vice president for university advancement.

Many employees have been doing things like coming in a half hour early and reducing their lunch breaks a half hour to accumulate more work time.

Employees also have been encouraged to use some of their vacation time in late December.