“It is uncommon that the first warm spell gets this hot, but as soon as it started we began the transition. It took about two full business days and was a challenge to complete,” he said.
During the time residence halls were being switched over to the cooling systems, residents had to put up with the heat.
“Because you expect to feel relief on a hot day when you walk into a building, having the air off was unexpected,” said first-year resident Patrick Le.
Having the air off also affected students in other ways.
“The air conditioning wasn’t on in my building and it was hot, so it made residents uncomfortable while trying to study for midterms. It is nice and cool in my room now,” said Andrew Chen, a first-year resident.
In order to beat the heat, residents found other ways to cool off, such as going to the Recreation Pool, which opened the day after Picnic Day, or spending time in study lounges and the library.
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