The heat has made college life a little more hectic at South Dakota State in Brookings.
Half the residence halls on campus do not have any air conditioning and as the mercury climbs outside it is getting terribly hot inside.
College life is a little out of whack this week, thanks to the weather.
This late August heatwave is an unwelcome visitor.
"Every time I came here, it was always nice and there was a breeze going." California-native Madison Smither thought South Dakota life would be full of cool, refreshing winds. What she's getting now is more like a blast furnace.
"This is really unprecedented for the university and South Dakota this time of year. Going back 20 years we've never dealt with a heat wave and heat indexes like we are during the first week of classes." SDSU spokesman Mike Lockrem tells us, with 50% of the schools residence halls without air conditioning, a lot of students are literally sweating their classes this week.
"It's hard to sleep. All the time. There's nothing you can do either." Rachel Clausen lives in one of those residence halls and says the heat isn't just uncomfortable but it's dangerous. "We had a girl on our dorm that actually had heat exhaustion and the paramedics had to come."
So to ease the effects of the heat, SDSU's air conditioned Student Union is now open around the clock and the school is trying to make those residence halls without A-C a little more bearable. Mike Lockrem tells us, "We're working on moving in 350 to 500 portable air conditioning units to put into residence halls to bring those temperatures down." And not a moment to soon, because the heat is here to stay...for at least the next couple of days.
One student told us if we wanted to beat the heat, we needed to go get some of the famous SDSU Ice Cream over at the school's dairy barn. That's not a bad idea.
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