Purcell Vortex

By SHELBY WHITEHOUSE
Contributing Writer

Most people by now know that Purcell’s heat went out on Monday Jan. 6 during the polar vortex.
If you don’t know what the polar vortex is, Frank Giannasca, senior meteorologist with The Weather Channel defines it as this: “A polar vortex is basically a great swirling pool of extremely cold air located tens of thousands of feet in the atmosphere.”
Are students expected to stay in their rooms while it’s six degrees outside if they have no heat?
I understand that things like this happen sometimes, but why wasn’t it fixed sooner?
The students that were living in Purcell had to suffer with sleeping in the freezing temperatures just because the school didn’t fix the problem in a timely fashion.
The school says that the heat went out because the cold weather caused the boiler to slow down.
I feel like that is a little ridiculous. If it was so cold to make the heater go out, why didn’t mine go out, or any other dorm on campus for that matter?
The heater was out for five days according to Brittany Sharer and Savannah Medina, two girls who live on the top floor of Purcell. Five days is a long time to go without a heater in my opinion.
Men on the first floor said their’s came back on in two to three days.
If this was a boiler problem, why didn’t they all come back on at the same time?
Stanton Collins a sophomore who also lives in Purcell said, “I had to sleep with four blankets on and when I woke up I felt like I had really bad wind burn on my face.”
Let’s be honest, that’s not fair to anyone. People shouldn’t be expected to sleep in the freezing cold.
Piedmont always complains about students breaking visitations hours, but with something like this, what do you expect?
In all honesty, I would go sleep in someone else’s room if I didn’t have a heater.
That’s exactly what I would expect other people to do.
This isn’t the welcome back that the students who live in Purcell wanted. What would you have done if your heater went out?