Hot and bothered students call off ‘naked run’ as university agrees to install air conditioners

Guangzhou university students planned to streak in protest against suffocating heat in their dormitories

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 June, 2014, 1:00pm
UPDATED : Friday, 20 June, 2014, 6:08pm


A “streaking protest” planned by students from a Guangzhou university against poor cooling facilities in their dormitories has been cancelled because of safety concerns – but not before the university promised to install air conditioners.

Fed up with the intense summer heat, students at the South China Normal University’s Shipai campus had planned for the event to take place tonight in an effort to persuade school authorities to install better cooling facilities in their sleeping quarters, the New Express reported.

With only two fans in a six-person dormitory and temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius, students have complained of being unable to sleep and having to take several showers to cool themselves at night.

Unwilling to put up with the suffocating heat any longer, an unidentified student proposed the streaking protest on Wechat several days ago, urging his peers to join him for a jog in the buff around the campus at 8pm to draw the school authorities’ attention to their plight.

“Leave your dormitories and join our ‘run naked’ activity instead of staying and baking in the heat of our rooms,” he said.

Although the student’s proposition seemed outrageous and sensational, he added a touch of decency to the “streaking” event, asking male students to simply go topless and female students to turn up in their sports vests.

Despite that, the university responded earlier today, saying that it had not approved the event in view of concerns about the students’ safety. The event was hence cancelled.

But if the students are disappointed at the cancellation, they have one thing to rejoice about – a staff member of the university said it had decided to install air conditioners on all three of its campuses.

Installation had already begun on one campus, the staff member said, but it would be slower for the Shipai campus because some of its dormitory buildings did not have sufficient power circuits.