GW turns on dorm air conditioning

Freshman Elizabeth Carlton said Wednesday that she was unable to sleep for the past few nights because the recent warm weather has made living conditions in Thurston Hall unbearable.

“Last night I got so frustrated that I filled a towel with ice cubes and put it on my head,” Carlton said.

But Carlton and other on-campus residents will soon feel cooler because the Residential Property Management was scheduled to replace the heat with air conditioning Wednesday evening and Thursday. Student Association President Kris Hart requested the switch Wednesday after several students complained about the temperature.

Hart said he contacted property management, asking officials to either turn on the air conditioning or release a statement explaining why it is not possible. He also said he spoke with other administrators who put pressure on property management.

“These students are feeling neglected,” said Hart in his letter to property management. “Some have purchased thermometers for their room and have recorded temperatures close to 85 degrees. This is not acceptable without some kind of response from those responsible.”

Property management officials were unavailable for comment Wednesday night.

Hart said the outside temperature is supposed to cool to as low as 50 degrees on Saturday, but students should “bundle up” because GW plans to leave the air conditioning on through next week, when temperatures will be in the 60s and 70s again.

GW made an unprecedented decision to turn air conditioning back on, Hart said.

“You can’t have both (the air conditioning and the heat) on,” Hart said. “Only one can be used because they use the same vents.”

Several students said they are happy with the University’s decision because they were coping with the heat in unique ways.

“I’ve been going to the library just because it is cooler there,” said freshman Alex Clark, a Thurston Hall resident. ” I’ve heard that people have been bringing sleeping bags to the Gelman (Library) and sleeping in study rooms.”

But some students said they do not think turning on the air conditioning is a good idea.

“I think even if they turn (the air conditioning) on it would be pointless because it will just cool down over the next couple days,” said senior Michael Lucero, a Guthridge Hall resident. “It’s probably best if we just wait it out.”

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