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Provide way to shut off heat in warm weather



To the Editor:

It's a typical MIT winter morning: you get up (if you can), do the usual (or unusual) things and you're off to class. If you're one who's taking maybe 18.01 or 18.02, among others, you may have a recitation in Building 2, on the first floor (2-139, maybe 2-147, wherever). You'll walk down the hall to the door, open it to go in and get hit smack in the face with an incredible (seemingly 100 degree) heat wave!!!

Yes it's winter, I know. It's a bit cold out, there used to be snow on the ground and more may come. But why can't the heaters in the classrooms have some sort of regulation that works?!!? Every time I've walked into a classroom on the first floor of Building 2 (and others, but Building 2 is the most noticeable), the heat seems to be on full blast! And when you try to turn down the thermostat, the dial just spins around and around, broken as usual.

Then, when the warm weather comes, someone forgets to turn them off from the central office, making even the most faithful of sun worshipers a bit hot under the collar. I'm from Southern California myself and, I admit, I'll take all the sun I can find (even if it means wearing shorts when it's sunny and 30 degrees out ... which I frequently do). But sometimes the heat, especially in an enclosed area, is just too much! Even some professors have wanted the windows open in such situations, which means I'm not the only one who's too hot.

This is a plea from a warm-weather native to please get the thermostats fixed and/or enable us to shut the heaters off when it gets too hot.

Vic Christensen '86->