J-Mac’s Corner

Jessica MacIntosh - Editor-in-Chief

Jessica MacIntosh – Editor-in-Chief

Over the weekend, I walked into what I thought was a meat locker.

But, really, it was my dorm room in East Hall.

Not only was it so cold outside because of the snow that magically appeared, but also it was twice as cold in my room. It should have just snowed in my roommate and my dorm room. It was ridiculous.

Apparently, the boiler broke down in East Hall, causing it to become extremely cold in the building. In fact, it was warmer in the hallways than in the room.

We had the thermostat turned all the way up, and nothing was coming out of the heater. In one case, cold air was coming out instead of heat.

What is wrong with that picture? It is a heater; it is supposed to heat the room, not turn the room into a hockey arena.

My roommate and I took blankets and any resorts to keep us warm the entire weekend. I swear my fingers and toes were going to fall off. We even made hot chocolate, but it still did not help.

As I sat in bed covered in a blanket, watching my own marathon of “Smallville” on DVD (Season four to be exact), the effect of the coldness made me go crazy.

I could not think the whole weekend. Doing homework was out of the question. French became a blur to me; in fact, I did not know what I was even reading.

It also did not help matters any when I could feel a cold draft coming from the window although I had the blinds closed and down. Nevertheless, the reason for a sudden drop in temperature must have something to do with the high ceilings in East Hall. Didn’t anyone tell the building designers heat rises and cold sinks? I learned that back in science class in middle school.

Here’s the funny thing; this is how cold it was in the room. I had set my soda can down on the windowsill and left it there for no more than a few minutes. In that few minutes or more like a few seconds to me, my soda was no longer warm. It felt like I had just taken it out of the refrigerator.

What I do not understand is why the heck the heater is on when the weather is 60 degrees or more.

But why the air conditioner is on when it is 30 degrees below zero. No wonder the boiler broke. It’s been working overtime, but at all the wrong times.

Shouldn’t it be on when it is so cold outside you have to turn the heat on?

Coming in from being out in the cold, I am supposed to feel comfortable when I walk into my room, not freezing my you-know-what off.

Heat is all we need around here since it’s finally winter at the end of February.

The good news is the boiler is fixed (I think).