It’s Getting Hot in Hurr… NOT

finished_chickenIn this unseasonably chilly weather, nothing feels better than snuggling up in your bed with your Wesleyan (TM) blanket, gently baking like a beautifully seasoned chicken. But lately I’ve felt more like the chicken in the freezer at the supermarket, cold and unloved by whomever is controlling the heat.

My woodframe has had to call Physical Plant 3 days in a row because we didn’t have any heat. And each time PPlant came in, did their thing, and left. The heat came back and we rejoiced until we slowly realized that we were wearing multiple layers INSIDE.

Anyway, that’s nothing to post about in and of itself, but it seems that this is not an isolated incident. Apparently Fauver (senior at least) has been having some heating problems as well.

And if you went to Usdan tonight, you might have noticed that there were only paper plates and plastic silverware and cups. My naive self thought it had something to do with trying out new eco-friendly options in the dining areas. But then a deductively-gifted individual suggested that it was because they had no hot water to wash the normal diningware. Anybody know the story? [EDIT (11:23 pm): The commenters have spoken, check it out below.]

But the worst part is this: a little birdie told me that budget cuts are responsible for at least some of these problems. According to this source, maintenance wasn’t done when it should have been this summer and now we’re dealing with the consequences. Hmmm….. somebody has some ‘splainin to do.

In the mean time, let’s assess the situation. Commenters, help me out- are you feeling the heat?

33 thoughts on “It’s Getting Hot in Hurr… NOT

  1. Al Moldovar

    There should be a pplant email address/website to report incidence of overheating / open windows in winter.

  2. Al Moldovar

    There should be a pplant email address/website to report incidence of overheating / open windows in winter.

  3. whatshername

    anon 10:23- I wouldn’t be so quick to attribute those comments you overheard to me or my post. Those comments were being made before I posted and are actually the reason why I did. People were curious and now they know what’s up.

  4. whatshername

    anon 10:23- I wouldn’t be so quick to attribute those comments you overheard to me or my post. Those comments were being made before I posted and are actually the reason why I did. People were curious and now they know what’s up.

  5. anonymous

    anon 9:10/10:23, please stop taking things so personally over there in the office of student affairs. thx.

  6. anonymous

    anon 9:10/10:23, please stop taking things so personally over there in the office of student affairs. thx.

  7. anon (8:19)

    whatshername –

    I understand that your intentions were well and good and you do make an important point about heating in campus housing. I did not mean to sound harsh–but I found the point of your post regarding the diningware in Usdan, besides being wrong, symptomatic of a tendency to assign blame before all the facts are clear (not your intention). Tonight, I overheard somebody attribute the disposable diningware to hot water shortages, certainly a consequence of your post. Now I know you made clear that you were not stating your hypothesis as fact, but I was just saying that you could have easily asked Bon Appetit without making speculations for the entire community to read (or misinterpret as fact, again not your intention). I appreciate the service you do as a Wesleying poster and hope you continue the good work–just with a greater eye for the unintended effects of the posts. Thanks!

  8. anon (8:19)

    whatshername –

    I understand that your intentions were well and good and you do make an important point about heating in campus housing. I did not mean to sound harsh–but I found the point of your post regarding the diningware in Usdan, besides being wrong, symptomatic of a tendency to assign blame before all the facts are clear (not your intention). Tonight, I overheard somebody attribute the disposable diningware to hot water shortages, certainly a consequence of your post. Now I know you made clear that you were not stating your hypothesis as fact, but I was just saying that you could have easily asked Bon Appetit without making speculations for the entire community to read (or misinterpret as fact, again not your intention). I appreciate the service you do as a Wesleying poster and hope you continue the good work–just with a greater eye for the unintended effects of the posts. Thanks!

  9. whatshername

    anon, 8:19 pm- Spreading misinformation was not the intent there and I’m guessing that was also not the effect. If you reread you’ll see that I state nothing as fact except for my own experience and ask for someone knowledgeable to clear up the situation. By the way, thanks Bon Appetit Worker- you did exactly that.

    Also, please don’t tell me what “homework” I should be doing. Your point is well taken about the potential to mislead, but to suggest that I wasn’t thinking or working hard enough to avoid tarnishing the image of Bon Appetit… well, the point of the post was to get a discussion going about heating issues.

    In short, I didn’t like the tone of your comment, but appreciate that you have added valuable info to the discussion. Thanks!

  10. whatshername

    anon, 8:19 pm- Spreading misinformation was not the intent there and I’m guessing that was also not the effect. If you reread you’ll see that I state nothing as fact except for my own experience and ask for someone knowledgeable to clear up the situation. By the way, thanks Bon Appetit Worker- you did exactly that.

    Also, please don’t tell me what “homework” I should be doing. Your point is well taken about the potential to mislead, but to suggest that I wasn’t thinking or working hard enough to avoid tarnishing the image of Bon Appetit… well, the point of the post was to get a discussion going about heating issues.

    In short, I didn’t like the tone of your comment, but appreciate that you have added valuable info to the discussion. Thanks!

  11. anon

    The hot water in Senior Fauver is getting absurd. Especially because it’s only happened on weekends, so I could never directly contact PPlant but instead had to leave a message with the psafe non-emergency line.

  12. anon

    The hot water in Senior Fauver is getting absurd. Especially because it’s only happened on weekends, so I could never directly contact PPlant but instead had to leave a message with the psafe non-emergency line.

  13. anon

    I wish the poster had not spread misinformation about the absence of normal, non-disposable diningware in Usdan (or revised the post). If you had taken the time to ask one of the Bon Appetit employees, you would know that the washing machine broke, hampering their ability to wash the dishes. As the first comment suggested, they have ordered the parts which should be installed shortly. This has absolutely nothing to do with the budget cuts or the inadequacy of maintenance and is actually an unanticipated and unwelcome expense for Bon Appetit and the university. Please in the future think twice before hypothesizing without doing your homework, since Wesleying is a powerful platform with the capacity to mislead as much as to inform.

  14. anon

    I wish the poster had not spread misinformation about the absence of normal, non-disposable diningware in Usdan (or revised the post). If you had taken the time to ask one of the Bon Appetit employees, you would know that the washing machine broke, hampering their ability to wash the dishes. As the first comment suggested, they have ordered the parts which should be installed shortly. This has absolutely nothing to do with the budget cuts or the inadequacy of maintenance and is actually an unanticipated and unwelcome expense for Bon Appetit and the university. Please in the future think twice before hypothesizing without doing your homework, since Wesleying is a powerful platform with the capacity to mislead as much as to inform.

  15. Ben

    @10: Supposedly there are thermostats in each building that shut off the heat building-wide when it reaches a set temperature–at least, that’s what the ResLife Staff listserv says. God forbid they should actually share that information with us, but that might explain why you only get heat at night.

  16. anon

    i live in nic 5.5, and while the radiator has only been pumping out heat sporadically (full blast at night, nothing really during the day), it’s been fine so far. that said, there is no dial on my radiator. i fear this will become problematic eventually. what should i do?

  17. anon

    i live in nic 5.5, and while the radiator has only been pumping out heat sporadically (full blast at night, nothing really during the day), it’s been fine so far. that said, there is no dial on my radiator. i fear this will become problematic eventually. what should i do?

  18. Ben

    To those in Nic 7/Film Hall: You might have a dial on your radiator that goes from 1 (or snowflake) to 5. The higher the number is, the more heat you get. It pretty much has to be on 4 or 5 for you to get any heat. That might help.

    To fellow woodframers: The problems we had were twofold–it seems some new thermostats were installed this summer and set to steam heat (like in dorms) instead of forced air (in most woodframes), which means that the thermostat will be giving the wrong signal to your furnace. It also turned out that at least in our case, the wire connecting the thermostat to the furnace was failing, so the furnace wasn’t getting a signal from the thermostat at all. If you still have no heat, I’d suggest asking P-Plant to check that out the next time they come out.

    And if you’re in senior Fauver, it might be worth a try to mention that the lack of hot water in senior Fauver is somehow in turn leading to a hot water outage at 269 High. Then watch as the entire P-Plant staff is mobilized and the problem is solved in the next five minutes.

    (Don’t actually do that. It was said in jest, if you hadn’t figured that out.)

  19. anon

    The heat in the nics (at least 7) have been going full force, 24/7. Have to pop open the window alot of the time. Huge waste of energy/money.

  20. anon

    The heat in the nics (at least 7) have been going full force, 24/7. Have to pop open the window alot of the time. Huge waste of energy/money.

  21. anon

    film hall hasn’t had its heat turned on once and i’ve been freezing. But I kind of agree with LRB in that I’d almost rather have no heat than too much heat, which is what often happens. I hate being overheated in the winter.

  22. anon

    film hall hasn’t had its heat turned on once and i’ve been freezing. But I kind of agree with LRB in that I’d almost rather have no heat than too much heat, which is what often happens. I hate being overheated in the winter.

  23. LRB

    A great way to keep costs down and save energy would be to avoid overheating the dorms. Last year, I know many people who kept their windows open in the winter because the heat was on so high. We don’t need to roast, and it’s OK to wear a sweater or sweatshirt inside, especially if that helps save money/the environment.

    Also, if you are in a suite/living situation with a kitchen, baking is a great way to heat up your quarters because the oven leaks heat. When you’re done baking, leave the oven door open a little and the heat will pour out.

  24. LRB

    A great way to keep costs down and save energy would be to avoid overheating the dorms. Last year, I know many people who kept their windows open in the winter because the heat was on so high. We don’t need to roast, and it’s OK to wear a sweater or sweatshirt inside, especially if that helps save money/the environment.

    Also, if you are in a suite/living situation with a kitchen, baking is a great way to heat up your quarters because the oven leaks heat. When you’re done baking, leave the oven door open a little and the heat will pour out.

  25. Bon Appetit Worker

    The reason that there are paper and plastic dishes and cups is that the washing machine in Usdan is broken. They are hopefully getting a new machine part very soon, which should solve the problem. As far as I know, it doesn’t have to do with hot water.

  26. Bon Appetit Worker

    The reason that there are paper and plastic dishes and cups is that the washing machine in Usdan is broken. They are hopefully getting a new machine part very soon, which should solve the problem. As far as I know, it doesn’t have to do with hot water.

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