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Daylight Saving Time Includes Campus Clocks

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Old Main’s clock is updated automatically while facilities management electricians manage the clock year-round.

In addition to dropping leaves and temperatures, another event makes a change in fall: Daylight Saving Time.

At 2 a.m. Sunday, clocks will fall back an hour, to save more daylight, thus saving energy and electricity, as politicians thought when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Uniform Time Act into law in 1966.

On the North Dakota State campus, hundreds of clocks have to fall back this weekend.

Mike Ellingson, director of facilities management, said campus’s clocks are set back both manually and automatically.

Electricians from facilities management are in charge of the Old Main clock tower, which features an analog clock face.

Ellingson said the Old Main and Klai Hall clocks have been updated so they automatically adjust to Daylight Saving Time.

He added that all electronic Primex clocks on campus update automatically using their own technology.

Daylight Saving Time is not something some students consider when it comes to campus clocks.

“I’ve literally never thought about the clocks on campus,” said junior Carlie Krueger, an agricultural communication major.

Cell phones and computers update automatically via satellites, similar to the way cell phones change time when traveling between time zones.

“I personally prefer ‘springing forward’ over ‘falling back,'” Krueger said. “I don’t like when it gets dark so early every day.”

While most of the world does abide by Daylight Saving Time in their respective zone; however, the states of Arizona and Hawaii do not observe the time change.

Daylight Saving Time never appealed to Arizona lawmakers, for the falling back would mean more sunlight in evening hours in Arizona, thus increasing air conditioning and energy use.

Hawaii does not observe Daylight Saving Time due its location on the equator.

“This just means that winter is well on its way and it will be a long couple months ahead,” Krueger said of Daylight Saving Time.

Clocks will “spring forward” at 2 a.m. March 13 next year.

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