Something like this happens every year. Students at major New York law schools get too hot or too cold because the facilitates managers at their law schools turned on the heat too early or too late.
And when law students are made to feel uncomfortable, they bitch. To us, to their friends, to their deans. If law students really are hothouse flowers, then we know that changing their environment can have disastrous consequences.
Thanks to our new Google voice account (646-820-TIPS), people have been telling us just how hot it is at Columbia and NYU. 100 degrees, 1000 degrees, “it feels like I’ve been sent to the Mustafar system” (that was from a friend at NYU who doesn’t ever get laid).
But I’m asking why. This happens every year. It already happened this year at Cardozo. How many New York lawyers does it take to turn off the heat?
Apparently, the process is more complicated than I can possibly imagine…
The law students at Columbia were so pissed off that they forced their director of building services to send out a school wide email about the sweltering study conditions:
Please note, the Law School buildings have already been converted from cooling to heating season mode, and can not be switched over spontaneously. As a result, there is no chilled water in the system to provide air conditioning. The process of switching over systems for an entire campus takes approximately one month. The unseasonable warm temperatures were not predicted this late into the season. In preparation for the warm outside air temperatures, ECT has taken the following steps to offset the problem, including: shutting down the heating pumps and having the outside air dampers set to 100%, to allow for sufficient ventilation. The weather forecast for the week calls for temperatures to be in the mid to upper 50s by Friday, October 29th.
Sorry for the inconvenience and we appreciate your patience.
I’ve heard this argument many times before, but you know what, I just don’t believe it. Maybe I’m the dude wearing the tinfoil hat, but I don’t believe it takes a month to turn the heat on (or off). That just doesn’t make any sense. I’m sure it’s annoying and time consuming to some extent, but you can’t tell me that nobody who works for Columbia could turn off the heat today, immediately.
Of course, while I think building maintenance takes pleasure in making students suffer for weeks at the change of every season, that doesn’t excuse the rampant bitching and moaning coming out of Columbia and NYU the past two days. Yes, it’s hot. Yes, it’s uncomfortable. No, it’s not a crucial data point which proves your entire law school is TTT.
If anything, enjoy the extra heat. Get one last run out of your shorts and summer dresses. Because in a couple of weeks, it’s going to be so cold your tauntaun will freeze before it reaches the first marker .