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Students Sweat It Out in Dorms Without Air Conditioning

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The big thing on the minds of NDSU students besides classes is certainly the heat. Most of the dorms on campus don't have air conditioning, leaving students searching for alternative options to keep cool.

Freshmen Ben Schroeder and Austin Shumer have been miserable since moving into the dorms on Saturday. "You always hear about Fargo being this cold city, and the heat kinda caught me off guard a little bit," says Shumer.

They are in Churchill Hall, one of the many dorms without air conditioning. Schroeder says, "Sleeping is hard. Tried to take a nap yesterday and couldn't cause it was too hot." Shumer adds, "It's hard to be motivated when it's so hot. Like I haven't even taken the time to walk around and find my classes."

They try to go to buildings that have A/C and stand in front of fans in their rooms to keep cool, but that is only a little help. They want the university to do more.

President Dean Bresciani says leaders have. He says, "When we modernize buildings, typically we do air condition them. Again, that's weather that's probably going to break in about 3-4 days, so it's to the point of why they're not already."

Dr. Bresciani says he understands the situation, but most students are able to get by, saying, "Outside of an unusual weather break like this, we really don't hear a lot of concerns."

He adds that most of the academic buildings have air conditioning, so if students are heading to classes, they will find the relief they've been looking for. That is one thing Shumer is actually excited about. "I mean that's something to look forward to. I never thought I'd look forward to school before," he says.

President Bresciani says he and other school leaders are also talking to the students and sending out emails to give them tips to stay cool, stay hydrated and ultimately stay safe.
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