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RLSLP Reorganizes W20, E32 Services

By Anna K. Benefiel

Motivated by a desire to increase convenience for both students and administrators, the Office of Residential Life and Student Life Programs underwent a reshuffling on Jan. 28 and 29 as part of a continuing Residential Systems Integration Teamtransition plan.

Several RLSLP deans, including Associate Dean Andrew M. Eisenmann '70 and Director of Residential Life Phillip M. Bernard have moved, with Associate Dean Eisenmann now located in the space previously used by the Public Service Center, on the third floor of W20. Bernard, whose responsibilities include the housing assignments for students, has moved to Building E32.

Move is temporary but complete

According to Laura Capone, special assistant in the RLSLP Office, the motivation behind the move was to "try to make life as easy as possible for students" by consolidating RLSLP services into a "one-stop shop," with housing under one roof in E32 and student life services in W20. Ideally, Capone said, all RLSLP services "would be in one building," but given space constraints, this solution "made the most sense."

New office locations are temporary, with plans to move again by the fall, when the third floor area in W20 will revert back to student space. The option of moving RLSLPoffices into the retail space previously used by Newbury Comics was considered, but met with "much resistance" by the owners of the first floor retail space.

Nancy M. Masley, administrative assistant in the RLSLP W20 office, said that the fifth-floor space housing RLSLP is temporary as well, but "nobody knows how temporary" the current locations are.

Though the RLSLP move is completed for the time being, minor updates of contact information still need to occur. Finger information should be accurate by next week, if not before.

Changes to optimize convenience

Some administrators, including Eisenmann and Bernard, took a reduction in office space in the moves from the fifth floor of W20. Dean Eisenmann could not be reached for comment on his feelings about the new space, but Bernard, sharing an office with co-lead of Operations Linda Patton, enjoys the "pretty cool" new office location.

With the previous office arrangement, Bernard has to walk back and forth between E32 and W20 once or twice every other day, and now that the two share office space, it is much easier to conference with each other and with students. Though he enjoys the windows that line two walls of the joint office, Bernard says, "I know it's a long walk for students, which is my major concern."

Building E32 is located on Carleton Street facing the Medical Center.

Relics unearthed in office move

When asked about the more interesting things found during the moving process, Bernard displayed a "Who's Who, What's What, and Here's How" guide to administrative structure from 1965, when Professor Ashdown was the housemaster of "Graduate House." Bernard also spoke of a residence guide he had found from the 1930s that included two housing options: Senior House, at 4 Ames St.' and the east parallel of East Campus, with housing costs running at $105 a term.

Although their physical locations have changed, phone numbers have mostly remained the same for RLSLP administrators. This phenomenon was made possible by the fact that "MIT owns their own telephone switch, which is very unusual" according to Robin Yearwood, Customer Service Representative from the Telecommunications office. Yearwood mentioned that "People move around this campus all the time" and it is "commonplace for a phone number to move with people wherever they go."

As a point of clarification, Masley, who has the pleasure of answering extension 3-6777, would like students to "call 253-2811 for housing information and 253-6777 for student activities information."