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Maryland gives students with no AC beds in lounges, ice pops

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – As the temperature rose this week, University of Maryland students who live in dorms without air conditioning sought refuge in the air-conditioned lounges and multipurpose rooms if the school gave ice pops.

A spokeswoman for the university resident life department, Tracy Kiras, tells The Baltimore Sun the school provided 90 mattresses are air-conditioned spaces, around 400 fans and filled dorm freezers with ice pops. The four non-air-conditioned halls together house 2,000 students.

While similar measures have been taken in the past, Kiras says the university has been in the service of a extreme effort, and “tried as many creative solutions as possible,” to help students in the midst of unusually high temperatures.

The dorms without air conditioning are scheduled to be replaced by the new dormitories. The university has no plans to equip the existing rooms with air conditioning.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com

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