Documented as early as Sept. 30, the air conditioning unit in Stamper Commons has been down. With the new Mac lab located in Stamper, several faculty members and students have been affected by the overheated classroom environment.
According to the facilities department, air was leaking Freon into the chiller, causing the air conditioner to stop working. All the Freon had to be removed from the chiller, then wielded. Greg Mankey, director of facilities managements, stated that the system had to be rebuilt by a contractor. Mankey also mentioned that the air conditioning unit is under warranty.
Professor Kate Gray, who teaches in the new Mac lab, shared light humor on the subject.
“Well, I told my students they were welcome to go put their bathing suits on so they would be more comfortable in class. Yes, it was that hot.”
Gray does mention a major challenge of working in the overheated space. “Personally, running an enthusiastic, powerful and educational lab-length class is hard enough. The heat does not help.”
Gray states her students have adapted to the hot classroom conditions.
“My students seem to adapt and do the best with the situation at hand — this is a great trait.”
The nonworking air conditioning unit did not stop Stephens from continuing classes and work in the building as scheduled. Erin Mazzola, whose office is located in student services in Stamper, seemed hardly phased by the air conditioning problems.
“It was very warm in here last week, but we were able to continue with business as usual,” Mazzola said.
Students seem to be most affected by this situation. Gray stated she had one student tell her she had to leave the studio last week because it was so hot that “she just could not think anymore.”
According to students and faculty, facilities has done everything it can to keep the situation under control.
“Facilities has been working hard to put fans in places throughout the building to help with the problem as much as possible,” Mazzola said.
While the school appreciates facilities’ ongoing efforts to keep Stamper cool, Stephens is still left wondering when the unit will be completely fixed.
Story by senior Tylar Polson