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ATMs Open 24 Hours in Lobby 10

By Victoria Chen

The ATMs in the Infinite Corridor have been made available 24 hours a day. The three ATMs, located next to Lobby 10, were previously available only from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

"Originally, we had a limited window on when the ATMs could be used," said Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin. "We received comments from students, and since the area is relatively safe, we have made it open 24 hours a day."

The three ATMs consist of two Baybank cash machines and one Fleet Bank machine.

A spokeswoman from Baybank said she was happy with the change. "It's a great thing since students now have access to this convenient feature" of 24-hour banking, she said "That adds value, even though to my knowledge Baybank didn't make a request for the change."

Some students are also happy with the change. "I'm usually up at 3 a.m.," said Jason James '00. "It's convenient for me to go get some more money when I have a late night binge."

Others are not so pleased.

"That ATM ate my card," said Sohail N. Husain '98."So I hate it and will never use it again."

"I don't really find it convenient now," said Amy Kang '99. Kang said she uses the Baybank ATM in the Student Center and that change would have seemed more convenient if she were with Fleet because one of Fleet's few ATMs at MIT is in Lobby 10.

Convenience and safety important

The ATMs were originally available only during the day because of previous safety concerns, but stepped-up security in the area has made increased availability an option.

"We haven't had any problems" at the ATM, Glavin said. "There was one attempted theft by students a few years back. But in regard to safety, that has never been an issue with that ATM."

Glavin cautioned that people should still remain vigilant. "Try and use a well-traveled ATM," Glavin said. "Remember what time of day it is and the fewer people around the more isolate you're going to be and the further away you're going to be from help."

Glavin said that there have been robberies at ATMs in Kendall Square, on Massachusetts Ave., and at the intersection between Massachusetts Ave. and Vassar St. in recent years.

"Don't flash cash, since that advertises to the area that you are flush with money," she said.

"Since students keep all sorts of hours and sometimes do their banking at midnight or 1 a.m., I would see if I could bank at some other times," she added.

"I don't feel insecure about using the ATMs over there," James said. "Robbers tend to be in open areas, and since I'm in an enclosed area, if I scream, the entire corridor will hear it."