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“We are able to rub them.” Closures on the College of Strasbourg created a chill.

“We are the future of tomorrow, but we can cut them short, it doesn’t matter!” Between the two amphitheatres, Sabrina Hamm scoffs at the University of Strasbourg’s energy-backup plan announced Monday.

Faced with rising energy prices, the University of Strasbourg will close its doors for two more weeks this winter, a decision that worries students (excuse photo).

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The 21-year-old student studying Scandinavian studies at the Esplanade campus is afraid to return to distance learning as he did at the height of the pandemic. “It’s not me in the video, so there’s a risk of putting me at the lowest level,” admits the person who saw the buildings are already cold.

To meet the government’s 10% energy saving ambition and try to rein in the bill on the way to doubling it to 20 million euros, the University of Strasbourg had planned to block thermostats at 19 degrees from the beginning of the academic year. warm season or work on good practices (turn off your computer, light, think about your actions).

Additional holidays

The third week at the beginning of January and the remote strike in February was communicated to 57,000 students in a video posted on YouTube, surprising everyone.

“We need continuity in teaching, especially at our age where it’s important to stay in a school and university setting,” laments third-year English student Pauline Enger.

“Adding days to a long shutdown is one of the most energy-efficient measures,” argues University President Michele Deneken, who is moving to January 9 instead of January 3 as originally planned to justify a 2023 recovery. .

A professor of Catholic theology claims he consulted with heritage engineers before deciding to remove some buildings from heat. In the coming days, a consultation period should also be opened with trade unions to detail the relevant sectors.

Scavenger hunt

Only one of the 20 libraries at the eight UniStra sites will remain open during the two weeks of closure. Employees may also be required to take mandatory leave.

“We will pay from home using the internet and computers,” says Camila Ferreira, a 30-year-old Brazilian studying linguistics.

Among the 600,000 square meters of buildings that make up the university, some will be spared from scavenging, such as the insectarium, which requires constant temperatures and studies mosquito-borne diseases, or the extremely energy-intensive biology lab.

Inspired by what’s being done across the Rhine, the university’s president thinks aloud about a bold enough calendar for the future: “Why not come back at the end of August and finish later so that the real January is closed? “.

“It’s 40 degrees here in the summer,” replies Pascal Maillard from his unair-conditioned researcher’s office on the fifth floor of the south-facing building.

Public service

The academic secretary of Snesup-FSU, which has a majority in Strasbourg, warns: “an energy-saving plan should not be a budget-saving plan” if it requires a weakening of the economy. A union worker sees the winter closings as a violation of their public service obligation and making decisions on their own.

Faced with an energy wall, Education Minister Sylvie Retailleau on Tuesday pledged support for businesses, saying the sobriety plan should not be implemented at the expense of students, while urging a strong face-off. – facial lessons.

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