Like most college students, a chief cadet complaint is the cold. It might be the drafty wardroom at breakfast or the whipping wind around campus during the winter months; there is no shortage of temperature dilemmas at the Coast Guard Academy. But instead of fueling the pessimism I decided to list the ten warmest places on campus. Hopefully, if you’re stopping by during these chilly Connecticut days, you can drop by one of these locations!
1. G. William Miller Reading Room: The library café is visited by cadets looking for a break from studying or to warm up with hot chocolate, tea, or coffee. It is located on the main deck of Waesche Hall, the library on top of the hill, and is an essential stop before starting a research paper the night it is due.
2. Coast Guard Memorial Chapel: The chapel is always an inviting place if you have the strength to hike up to the highest point on campus. It is kept warm enough to take your outerwear off, yet still comfortable with a dress jacket on.
3. Coast Guard Rowing Center Tank Room: One of my favorite places at the Academy; the tank room is used by the rowing team especially during the off season. While it can be humid at times, it is definitely warm enough to wear shorts working out in here.
4. McAllister Restrooms: Engineers flock to McAllister, casually known as “Mac,” on a nightly basis. Oddly enough, the bathrooms, “heads”, are one of the best heated spots on campus. It’s just one more reason to join the engineering community.
5. Satterlee Management Lounge: The lounge is tucked away in the basement of Satterlee Hall but provides space for reading, writing, and group discussions. For some reason this room is noticeably warmer than others, and because of this, often tempts cadets to fall asleep.
6. Dry Dock Café: A common meeting place for visitors and cadets, Dry Dock is located in the lower level of Leamy Hall. Not only are the refreshments warm (French fries and onion rings, yes please) but the space is always warmer than the Connecticut wilderness.
7. Roland Hall: “Fifth deck” is the location of the ominous PFE, whether the weather outside is frightful or not. The scent of blood, sweat, and tears are associated with the rich history of this dreaded indoor track and even with doors open, runners begin to roast after 1/13th of the mile and a half.
8. Henriques Room: This formal room is one of the most treasured in Hamilton as it has astonishing paintings of the Coast Guard’s history wrapped around its lofty walls. Cadets have developed a negative connotation with the place, as large masts are held within, and just the sight of it can instigate a sweat.
9. Billard Saunas: Obviously, the saunas within the locker rooms of lower Billard are kept toasty. No one is quite sure why they are located in such a conspicuous place, but they are gratefully used by many.
10. Chase Hall: While I’d like to say our beloved dorm is inviting and warm, in reality only certain sections are reliably warm. After living here over a year I think I have narrowed down those hallways and can confidently say that somewhere in the 600 room labyrinth there is warmth, hope, and a chance of survival in the harsh Connecticut winters.
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