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Students are hot over dormitories

XU Jian, a sophomore at the Shanghai Normal University, moved to a hotel near campus because she could no longer stand living in a school dormitory that has no air conditioning.

Xu and other university students, many who live on campus during the summer vacation because they are from other parts of the country, are calling on schools to install air-conditioners inside dorms and some classrooms to ease their "summer sufferings."

Xu, a 20-year-old from Shanghai, volunteered at the World Expo last week when the temperature surged above 35 degrees Celsius and was asked to live in a school dormitory in Fengxian District.

"The dorms have no air conditioning, not even fans," said Xu, who bought fans for her room.

Most local colleges, even new ones in the suburbs, don't provide air-conditioning in dorms and classrooms for different reasons, including safety concerns.

Zang Yanwen, a teacher at Shanghai Normal University, said installing air conditioners would cost a lot of money.

A teacher at Shanghai International Studies University said the school's current power station is incapable of handling the power load that air conditioners would create. Thus, the power system would need to be rebuilt if the school installed air conditioners in dorms and classrooms.

In Shanghai, universities usually cut the power to dorms after 11pm for safety reasons. This prevents some students from cooking at night, which has been blamed for fires in the past.


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