Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I'll Take "Problem-Solving at Boalt" for $500

Answer: Giant blue robots, noisy fans, free drinks, and meteorology.

Question: What is, Boalt's response to a heatwave?


This post has been brought to you by Professor McGonagall's Vand*n Heuv*l's recent email regarding the building's utter lack of a functioning A-C system, swelteringly hot classrooms, and the steps being taken to solve the problem:

Subject: Giant Robotic Devices in 1st Floor Hallway

The weird, multi-armed turquoise machines in the first floor hallway are actually portable AC units. As you know if you teach or have a class in 100, 105, 110, these three rooms have no AC (all other classrooms are now air conditioned). We have no way to bring the AC units into the classrooms, since they have to be vented outside and also because they are too noisy. So we are cooling the hallway and hoping the cool air will make its way into the large classrooms. To do this, however, you'll need to keep the doors to the large classrooms propped open. So it's important to try to keep talking in the hallways during class times to a minimum.

Predictions are that a cooling trend is starting today and that our fog will return by the end of the week. Once that happens the ventilation fans will pump in cool, rather than warm, air and things will get better.

Finally, around 12:30 or 1:00 today there will be cold drinks available in the 1st floor lobby. Please feel free to stop by and cool down.

Why we can't just soup up these "ventilation fans" in the classrooms to include A-C capabilities is beyond me, but since we're thinking outside the box, I have a suggestion or two for how we might solve this problem intuitively and with minimal disruption to normal classroom activities.

If all else fails, we can always admit more LLMs.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahahaha. "Admit more LLMs" ftw.

9/29/2010 11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, the thing is that though there may be other solutions I want to thank the administration for at least doing something.

i was talking to people in other schools such as Haas and they have NO AC and NO free drinks so at lesat the Law school admin is trying to do something.

9/29/2010 6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although I graduated last year, I can imagine the pain the recent heat wave is causing. 1L Torts in the old room 140 (pre-remodel) felt like the deepest part of hell until the end of October. Professor Schwartz actually bought ice cream for the class one day.

Frankly, though, I don't understand why anyone would need AC in a large building full of people and laptops and nervous energy. Same goes for the bar exam...why would we need to turn the AC on in the middle of summer when there are literally thousands of people typing for 3 hours in a metal hanger?

9/29/2010 6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You could always just not come to class...

9/29/2010 7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic, but does anyone think that Rahm Emanuel stepping down may pave the way for Edley to take a more active role in the Administration after the November elections? It's no secret that the two were not fond of each other, so I would think DE would be more receptive now if an offer were made.

9/30/2010 3:23 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

I do have it on good authority that Edley was seen on a plane traveling back from DC over Fall Break... FIRE UP THE RUMOR MILL!

9/30/2010 4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New White House chief of staff.

10/01/2010 12:10 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

Maybe he would increase the President's tutition, since he has access to the wonderful talent that staffs the White House. Budget crisis solved!

10/01/2010 8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The solution to our economy is more LLMs.

10/01/2010 5:33 PM  

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