ASA approves poster board policy
By Brian Rosenberg
The Association of Student Activities approved a new postering policy at its meeting Tuesday. The policy restricts postering to official bulletin boards, but
does not provide any means of enforcement.
Efforts to revise the postering policy began last spring after the Undergraduate Association elections. Postering before the elections was intense, and Physical Plant complained about the posters, saying that clearing them was taking too much time and that the tape damaged walls. Physical Plant estimated the costs of wall repairs and repaintings to be $30,000 a year.
A Postering Policy Client Group was set up to study communication between activities and students.
The group found that postering was essential to good communication, according to Stephen D. Immerman, director of special services in the office of the senior vice president. "[The PPCG] found postering to be very elegant -- it is passive, inexpensive, and people can select posters to look at themselves," he said.
The PPCG drafted the original policy, which was then modified during the course of several ASA meetings. The present policy is very similar to the original. It retains the wording on poster placement, but omits the warnings, fines, and other sanctions recommended by the older draft.
The policy states: "No posters, flyers, or other announcements shall be placed on any wall, door, window, pillar, floor, chalk board, ceiling, outside building space, or other space at MIT other than a designated bulletin board or official announcement space.
"Bulletin boards will be completely cleared twice weekly by Physical Plant: once on Thurs-
day night and once on Monday morning.
"No group or individual shall poster over another poster which advertises an event or activity yet to happen. Posters may be placed on top of other posters no longer active.
"No group or individual shall remove any poster other than their own while the poster is still active."
New bulletin boards
Along with the new policy, a proposal for $25,000 worth of bulletin boards was approved by William R. Dickson '56, Immerman said. Dickson, who has authorization over postering, approved the postering policy last spring.
"Physical Plant and the PPCG came up with about 1000 square feet of bulletin board space along the Infinite Corridor between Buildings 66 and 7," Immerman said.
John Meneghini, a Physical Plant interior designer, said about 80 percent of the boards are up. "They started going up in early September, and they'll be done by the end of next week at the latest," he added.
Between four and six existing bulletin boards in the Infinite Corridor are being replaced in an attempt to standardize the look of the walls. "The new boards look better than the old ones," Meneghini said. "They are a neutral tan. They look so much better than the old ones that we decided to take them down," he added.
As an aid to finding posters of interest, Physical Plant will put up vinyl lettering on each board indicating what type of posters are on it, Meneghini said.