UCLA could make history by being the first university in the United States to implement a rain drill. A result of the heavy rains that plagued the campus in recent weeks, the drill involves an alarm that can be heard throughout the entire campus, so that anyone outside can immediately seek shelter.
The UCLA Anti-Rain Committee (UARC) were the ones responsible for this unprecedented move. But, the rain drill was not actually their initial plan, according to committee president Genevieve Waters.
“At first we wanted to build a huge dome that covered the entire campus,” Waters said. “Sadly, that idea got rejected by the administration. Then, we came up with our current idea. We figured that UCLA students are accustomed to fire drills after living in the dorms, so they won’t mind if we add another drill to the mix!”
The administration remained skeptical, but allowed UARC a chance to test their drill. “The plan was to test it on a rainy day, but we just couldn’t wait!” Waters exclaimed. “We did it on a sunny afternoon instead. Many students reported that the alarm was so loud, they could even hear it while studying in Powell Library with their headphones on! Isn’t that amazing?”
Of course, the alarm is meant to alert people that are outdoors, not indoors. UARC maintains that this side effect is not problematic, and can in fact have some benefit. “How many times have you wondered whether or not it was raining outside, but were too busy to go check?” Waters asked. “Now with our alarm, you don’t have to wonder.”
Several students expressed their disapproval of this, however. “If I’m already outside in the rain, why do I need an alarm to tell me that it’s raining?” Henry, a first year student, complained. “And why is it so loud? I nearly tripped and fell down the death stairs because I was so startled.”
Others questioned the strange actions of the committee members during the drill. “So I was walking down Bruin Walk when I heard the alarm,” said Janice, a third year student. “That wasn’t so bad, since I’m used to drowning out the noise of people handing out flyers anyway. But then these people who came out of nowhere, dressed in grey raincoats with the hoods up. They looked like a bunch of Dementors, except Dementors don’t yell at you with megaphones to find shelter.”
Despite these criticisms, Waters and the UARC remain resilient in their goal. “The students may not see the benefits now, but they will eventually,” Waters said. “Rain in Southern California is just unnatural, and these kids could fall sick from exposure to it!”
The UARC is currently waiting for their verdict to be handed down from the UCLA administration. And, although most students seem to be against the idea of a rain drill, there is at least one person at UCLA who wants to see it happen. A professor who chose to remain anonymous stated that the rain drill was a great idea. “The alarm woke up the students who were sleeping in my lecture, and it shocked them so badly that they remained awake for the rest of the lecture. That’s a win-win! At least, for me it is.”