SDSU Tries to Beat the Heat
by Rachel Skytta, Reporter
August 27, 2013 6:06 PM
Students at South Dakota State are calling the heat "horrible" as continues to sit in the nineties. About half of the residence halls at SDSU are equipped with air conditioning. This forces the unlucky ones to either deal with the tough conditions, or find any cool location they can.
"You're trying to find air all the time and it's impossible to stay cool in here," said sophomore Kelli Naatz describing the coniditions in her own dorm room.
Two students reportedly sought medical attention due to the extreme heat. Neither suffered any serious repercussions.
The university staff members are doing just about all they can to keep students safe in the sweltering heat by supplying water stations and keeping air conditioned buildings open twenty four hours a day.
Naatz says she was encouraged to evacuate her residence hall on Monday night, and seek cooler shelter elsewhere.
University spokesperson Mike Lockrem says the university is doing its best to educate students on the importance of staying hydrated and healthy throughout this heatwave. He hopes to see portable air conditioners installed in the lacking residence halls within the next few days.
For the time being, the university is also offering off-campus housing options, such as nearby hotel rooms. However, some students are choosing to brave the heat.
"We don't really have a choice," said Freshman Alex Macki. "We just get the fans going and stick it out."
This is the first time Lockrem can remember a heat wave as severe during the school year, in more than twenty five years.