Have we mentioned its getting hotter? Well, that’s bad news for a substantial number of university students with no fans or air-conditioning in their dormitories, who have been finally forced to go to the coolest place on campus — the library.
With the mercury climbing to a fiery 30 to 40 degrees Celsius, students studying at the Zhengzhou University of Aeronautics are complaining that it is absolutely unlivable in their dorm rooms. With no other choice, they have flocked to the main library, which is equipped with central air-conditioning. According to NetEase, the swarms of sweaty students were even so great that they managed to accidentally break a security alarm.
The university says that with the sweltering temperatures and the coming examinations, there is currently a shortage of available chairs in the library.
In order to maintain order, the library has said that:
1) Before the library opens each day, students must queue up. More staff will be dispatched to maintain order.
2) More desks and chairs will be provided for students.
3) Students should remember to take their personal belongings with them before they leave.
4) The library’s opening hours will be extended.
Many netizens have taken joy in mocking the event, while others are sympathetic for the students:
“Attention, candidates for the College Entrance Examination! Remember to apply for universities with air-conditioners; otherwise, you will be on the news next year!” one joked.
“Shouldn’t students discuss installing air-conditioners with the university? Even primary and secondary schools have air-conditioners installed, poor students!” another wrote.
And it’s not just the Zhengzhou University of Aeronautics, students from across Henan are thinking of creative ways to cool off in the scorching summer heat.
For instance, students at the Luoyang Institute of Science and Technology were spotted sleeping half-naked on the roof yesterday, escaping their air-conditioner-less dorm rooms, much to the embarrassment of nearby female students, who didn’t dare stare at them, NetEase reports.
Netizens didn’t see what the big deal was:
“It seems that those girls have never been to a swimming pool before,” one wrote.
“Why is everyone blaming the students? Isn’t the school at fault here? They haven’t done anything to cool down students’ dormitories. Whoever stays in the dorm will likely suffer sunstroke,” another commented.
Chinese university students have a record of avoiding sleeping inside their dorm rooms when summer arrives. Last year, over 1,000 students crammed inside an air-conditioned stadium at a university in Wuhan. Fed up with the stifling heat, some students at a Guangzhou university forced their school to install air-conditioners by planning a “naked run.”
By Katie Ngai
[Images via NetEase]