A draining dilemma: How college students stored cool with out fountains and AC

On an unusual summer season day at Stanford, the solar beats down on the Farm, making a sizzling and humid setting. 

Many college students flip to fountain hopping, a convention of swimming, socializing and hopping between the College’s bigger fountains to beat the warmth. Throughout summer season quarter, nonetheless, many fountains are shut right down to conduct upkeep on water high quality and conservation. 

College students acquired an e mail from the Nationwide Climate Service (NWS) about predicted warmth waves all through the summer season. In keeping with the NWS, temperatures within the U.S. reached report highs, together with within the Northwest.

With out fountains and air con within the dorms, how do college students beat the warmth? The Day by day spoke with college students about how they stored cool whereas dwelling on campus over the summer season.

Off-campus getaways

Whereas attempting to beat the warmth, some college students select to search for cooler places off campus.

This summer season, Rachel Braswell ’24 has “gone to the films a number of instances as a result of these are usually fairly chilly sufficient,” she stated. 

The films are a “far more enjoyable strategy to escape the warmth with out having to go all the best way right down to the seashore,” Braswell stated. 

The Backyard of Eden. (Picture courtesy of Odin Farkas)

Nevertheless, some college students like James Collings ’24 want additional getaways.

At any time when Collings receives a warmth advisory e mail or climate warning from Stanford, he makes “plans to go right down to San Francisco and escape to the warmth,” he stated.  

“Often, [San Francisco is] a drop of 20 plus levels,” Collings stated. “It’s humorous as a result of as you drive, you’ll be able to simply have a look at your thermometer in your automobile and see the temperature dropping each couple of miles.”

Odin Farkas ’26 prefers heading to the Backyard of Eden, a state park and pure swimming gap in Santa Cruz, to chill off when he’s off campus. 

“I like swimming there and being surrounded by the breathtaking nature,” Farkas stated. “I actually advocate visiting.” 

Out with the followers, in with the AC

Though there are various air-conditioned places round campus similar to recreation facilities, eating commons and different group areas, most undergraduate college students lack air con (AC) in their very own dorms.

“It may get actually sizzling within the dorms, particularly in spring quarter,” Amol Singh ’23 stated. “Everybody simply finally ends up having to purchase followers for themselves and determine another strategy to maintain their rooms cool.”

Over the summer season, Braswell lived in Toyon Corridor, which doesn’t have central AC, making it unimaginable to “escape from the warmth once you’re in your dorm,” she stated. 

“The one choice is a fountain when you’re simply attempting to chill out, or going to one of many buildings that’s air-conditioned, just like the library,” Braswell stated. 

Pc clusters in pupil residences are the one supply of air-conditioning offered for undergraduates. Collings stated Stanford ought to put money into extra cooling areas on campus and add central AC to extra frequent areas as a result of “laptop clusters … can get fairly packed.” 

“I want that there have been extra buildings on campus that have been air-conditioned — some buildings have a bigger laptop cluster than others,” Collings stated. “There’s all these those that collect within the laptop cluster to flee [the heat]. I’ll have all my home windows open and my followers going at night time. It’s not cool sufficient simply because there’s no AC.”

Simply maintain swimming

On-campus swimming swimming pools also can present an alternate for college students unable to drive to the seashore or exit of city.

One of many common leisure swimming pools open this summer season is on the Arrillaga Heart for Sports activities and Recreation (ACSR). College students also can use the Redwood Metropolis Recreation and Wellness Heart rooftop pool, which is open Monday to Saturday.

Farkas stated he loved swimming at ACSR’s pool and taking part in pool basketball with buddies. 

“Apart from escaping to San Francisco on the weekends, I swim virtually every single day,” Collings stated. “That’s what I do for train, and that’s often a pleasant approach that I cool off.”


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