Campus Tornado Damage - 11/9/02

Students pick up pieces

The Jackson Sun
Nov 11 2002

Union was flooded Sunday morning, not from rain, but with faculty, staff and parents who were literally helping pick up the pieces left from the storm that ripped through the North Jackson campus.

While students lined up outside a residence complex to register damages and check in, Kristen Sayres, 18, of Collierville was busy making signs for her car. The broadcasting major was offering her cell phone to others.

"I have a phone charger and a charged phone, so I'm letting folks use it to make calls," she said. "Some people needed to have their phone charged."

Sunday morning, Union had been without electricity and working phone lines since midnight, meaning a charged cell phone was the only way to communicate with those ou41tside campus.

Sayres reported no dorm room or car damage, which prompted her to help others.

"I was very blessed," she said.

Parents of students arrived Sunday to check out the damage and provide assistance.

"She called us at about 12 o'clock last night," said Pamela Elliot of Memphis, mother of Monica Elliot, a sophomore business management major. "She called again at 12:30 and couldn't get on campus (because of fallen trees and power outages). We just had to check things out and take her car home."

The 19-year-old found no damage to her dorm room when she got back on campus around 3 a.m., but two windows were busted from her car.

"I was shocked," she said.

- Kelli L. Ross, 425-9644