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WSU students sleeping in student lounges to beat heat

WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) -- For once, its okay to fall asleep while studying.  These extra hot temperatures have Winona University officials creating new accommodations for their students by turning study lounges into sleeping rooms.

Sure, it's hot outside and for WSU students. But they're feeling the heat inside as well.
"We've often had warm weather. But this is unprecedented," said WSU Director of Housing and Residence Life, Paula Scheevel. Students have been given a much cooler option. "Opening up dining halls and any space. Conference rooms. Conference areas. Anything we can find that's cool to allow them a place to go to lower the body temperature."

Scheevel said the university is treating the conditions as a weather emergency. So, where students typically come to study, they now come to catch some shut eye. "I did not know that.  That's hilarious. That's really nice though," said WSU junior Jordyn Houseman who had just found out you could actually sleep in the lounges. No longer living in the dorms, Houseman sympathized with those who are. "My roommate and I both had two fans and we kept one on the floor and one on the foot of the bed. It wasn't too terrible most of the time but it definitely wasn't this bad."

"I'm coping pretty good," said incoming freshman Joann Johnson. She is all settled into her room but still feeling the heat and she's not alone. "I remember in high school people would dress up for the first day. Today, no one cares what they look like. It's too hot to even care."

Some students, like freshman Blake Zafft, took advantage of the indoor pool in the Lourdes Hall basement. "I've got cold water. I come here to swim every once in a while to work out. I was actually working out a little bit in the weight room. But it's just too hot for that," said Zafft.

So, as students head back to class they can get back to focusing on higher grades and not the higher temperatures.

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