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UDC Van Ness Campus Closes Due to Excessive Heat

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The University of the District of Columbia closed July 22 because its air conditioning system can't handle such high temperatures.
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The University of the District of Columbia closed July 22 because its air conditioning system can't handle such high temperatures.

Students walked into the front door of UDC's Van Ness Campus this morning only to be turned away.

Inside, the heat was stifling. Student Ronetta Lane says she was frustrated after making the trip all the way to school.

"It's really hot outside and I'm upset," says Lane.

UDC Vice President Alan Etter says the university's air conditioning system simply can't hold up. "It's a 1970's natural gas chilling system ... Normally it keeps pace pretty well, but it cannot handle excessive heat like we expect today," he says.

Etter says with numerous structural projects underway at the university, replacing the chilling system is not a top priority at the moment.

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