Tuesday, January 27, 2015

This Student Didn't Skip Class - And Here's Why

Morgunn Siewak and his homemade E-bike.
A little ingenuity can go a long way, or to be more exact, 8.6 miles.

Morgunn Siewak found out he had car trouble recently, he knew he had to find a way to get to his 9:30 a.m. class. With no ride to speak of, Siewak — a computer information systems student and circuit board maker — took a look through his homemade electronics lab.

"I had a couple of old batteries I picked up at Goodwill for $6 each, a hub motor for another project I was working on, so I just decided I would cobble them together and make an E-bike," he said.

Cut to a few hours and zip ties later, Siewak's MacGyver-like skills got him to campus just in time for him to find a suitable place to recharge the batteries for the ride back home to Hendersonville. He was able to plug in at the Campus Police Department.

"I did my math right, and I was able to get here on a single charge, but just barely," Siewak said.

Assistant Chief of Police Angie Lawson said she was blown away by Siewak's determination to not miss his 9:30 a.m. class.

"This is extremely impressive to me that this student would go to this length to get here for one class," she said.

This won't be the last time Siewak brings his homemade E-bike to campus. He doesn't think his car will be fixed anytime soon.

"I can see this becoming a recurring issue, so I needed a semi-permanent solution to be able to get Vol State and back whenever," he said.

So, instead of missing class next time, take a page out of Siewak's book and get creative.

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