The heat moved indoors on Wednesday when the university turned off air conditioning across campus in an effort to preserve power.
Facilities Services, the group in charge of operations and maintenance of university facilities, sent an email out at 2 p.m. notifying students, faculty and staff that the university was shutting off all unnecessary electrical equipment due to a load reduction emergency. According to the email, the unseasonably warm temperatures raised concerns of potential rolling blackouts had power continued running like usual.
For students, the shutdown meant hot classrooms.
Alex Kemeny, senior industrial and systems engineering major, noticed the heat shortly after settling for his senior design class at 2:30 p.m.
“I was a little more tolerant of the heat but I noticed the guys around me getting more anxious,” Kemeny said.
In response to the heat, Kemeny’s professor ended class 30 minutes early. However, others weren’t so lucky.
Nada Berrada, a junior management major, had class in McBryde 100 along with hundreds of other students in the late afternoon for an hour and 15 minutes.
“It’s just this room doesn’t have windows which is a little bit uncomfortable,” Berrada said. “I thought it was a great initiative but reducing lights (instead of air conditioning) would be more useful.”
Facilities Services returned electricity toward the end of the day, complying with their statement that reduction of electrical use would not go past 8 p.m.