Notoriously cold Faculty of English water cooler no longer produces icy water after button damage

Benjamin Redwood 2 November 2013

The left-hand button on the water dispenser at the Faculty of English has been broken following claims last year that the water is too cold.

The button, coloured white in contrast to the fully functioning grey button on the left, is failing to function, providing students with only one temperature option for their water.

In light of last year’s controversy surrounding the temperature of the water and claims that the water was so cold as to give students sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia (commonly known as “brain freeze”), questions are being raised as to whether the damage was intentional.

Sue Sivyer, custodian at the Faculty of English, told TCS that “I wasn’t aware that the button was broken because nobody has reported it. We tend not to drink the water anyway.

“I don’t know how long it has been broken for – we’re expected to read minds, but we can’t.”

The identity of whoever broke the button, or their motive, currently remains unknown.

The water cooler, a ‘Borg and Overström Premium’, is described by Angel Springs Ltd. described on on their website as “the UK’s leading water cooler service provider” The model provides buttons for ‘cold’ and ‘ambient’ temperature water. The website also states that drinking plenty of water can help to raise performance levels and reduce sickness and absence.

Now that the cold button is gone, students at the faculty of English appear to miss the option to drink very cold water. Caroline Dormor, a second year English Student from Churchill, felt that the water cooler was the communal centre of the Faculty of English. “I actually quite liked the brain freeze,” she told TCS, “it kept me awake.”

Likewise Catherine Foot, an English student in her first year, feels that the water stream on the right is just not cold enough by her personal standards. “I use it a lot, but it’s not as cold as I would like it to be. You expect the water to be cooler than it actually is, which is a slight let down.

“Then again it’s not clear which tap is meant to be cooler than the other – there are two, but it doesn’t appear to tell you which is the cooler one.”

A keen cyclist from Girton, who wishes to remain anonymous, also felt strongly that the water was refreshing enough. “I cycle in very vigorously because I am often late, so the chilly temperature of the water cools me down.

“Sometimes I like to splash my face with it after a long cycle sprint.”