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Heat wave will be part of the memories of this first week of classes

Cedar Falls has had temperatures topping 90 degrees this week, the first week of the fall semester.  Students are finding the air conditioned spaces in the residence halls and using them!  Residence hall house lounges, hall lounges, recreation rooms and computer labs are air conditioned.  Redeker Center and Towers Center, connected to residence halls by skywalks, have air conditioned lounges, computer labs and dining centers. 

"The benefits of dining plans with unlimited access are very evident this week," said Carol Petersen, Director of Dining Services. "Students with unlimited plans can enter the dining center as often as they want and enjoy the air conditioned space for socializing, studying, using their labtop computers and dining.  Students in the dining center can enjoy as many beverages as they want. "This is especially useful this week when hydration is a safety factor in this extreme heat," Petersen said. 

RAs have been sharing frozen treats, facilitating sleep-over in the air-conditioned lounges and offering tips for staying cool.  It is a shared experience that will become part of the memories of the initial week of classes for the semester.  The Department of Residence distributed tips for staying cool and safety tips to minimize problems associated with the hot weather.  The temperatures are expected to remain in the 90s through the weekend.

The Wellness and Recreation Center has special hours this weekend to support students who want to be active and remain out of the heat.

Specific hours are:
Saturday:  1:00 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Activity and racquetball courts, upstairs fitness area/track, lounges, and computer lab (1 - 6 pm)
  • Lap Pool (1 - 5 pm)
  • Climbing Wall (TBA)
Sunday:  1:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Activity and racquetball courts, upstairs fitness area/track, lounges, and computer lab (1 - 8 pm)
  • Leisure Pool (3 - 7:30 pm)
  • Climbing Wall (TBA)
Monday:  1:00 - 11:00 p.m.
  • Activity and racquetball courts, upstairs fitness area/track, lounges, and computer lab (1 - 11 pm)
  • Free Weight Room (5 - 10 pm)
  • Lap Pool (5 - 9 pm) and Leisure Pool (7 - 10 pm)
  • Climbing Wall:  (4 - 10 pm)