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Express Elevator Not a Time Saver

Express Elevator Not A Time Saver

I have several comments regarding the recent column "Student Center Express" by Naveen Sunkavally '01 [March 10]. First of all, is The Tech running out of things to complain about such that they have to resurrect previous columns? I point you to "Student Center Needs Express Elevators" by Anders Hove on September 27, 1996. It would be one thing if Hove's article was written many years ago, but it was just printed during the last school year.

Second, the major point about improving the physical fitness of the students seemed illogical, considering that the majority of students already take the elevator from the first to fifth floors. Perhaps we could eliminate elevator travel to the fifth floor; then, the students who are whining about the slow elevators will be forced to save time by taking the stairs. Also, "the lazy students and Aramark workers [taking] the elevator from the second to third floor," will save time as well, since the elevator won't go up to the fifth floor on every trip.

Third, the assumption that the average MIT student takes the elevator three times per day (was that three round trips?) seems ridiculous. I would bet the average student who lives in west campus housing doesn't even ride those elevators three times per day, not to mention all the students who live in East Campus and prefer the Athena clusters in Buildings 56 and 66 clusters. That doesn't even cover the third of students who live across the river and probably only log in once or twice per day, likely from home. Personally, I have a computer on my desk that fills all my internet needs, so I log in in the student center perhaps three times per semester.

These people who rarely use Athena workstations would, by your calculations, save about six minutes a year. These savings do not seem large compared to the expense of the handicapped and elderly who need to take the elevator to the middle floors.

Todd N. Chamoy '98