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Fire Doors Modified
In New House

After a Cambridge building inspector cited New House for leaving fire doors from individual houses to the lobby propped open, fire doors were ordered to be left closed at all times, according to New House Housemaster Sandra B. Harris. Since all fire doors locked upon closing, students were required to use their keys to gain access to the building from the lobby. Door stops were removed from fire doors, and non-locking mechanisms were ordered, but many students felt inconvenienced during the interim period.

New House resident Mahalia K. Miller ’09 said during the transition that she was “not happy with the current door situation,” and fellow resident Clinton C. Blackburn ’08 called the locked doors “annoying” and “a nuisance.”

“Some people have gotten around it by putting stuff in the doors,” Blackburn added.

“I think that the closed doors make for an unfriendly atmosphere,” Miller said.

Non-locking latch mechanisms have now been installed on the house entry fire doors, allowing access without a key. The gate that provides access to Memorial Drive has also been outfitted with a push bar mechanism to allow exit to the street.

Benjamin P. Gleitzman

and Joanne Y. Shih

Bexley to Swap
Keys For Cards

Bexley House is currently in the process of moving from key to proximity card access on all doors. The switch is “part of a campus-wide upgrade in tandem with a larger program,” according to Bexley House Manager Jonathan F. Nolan.

While one proximity card reader has been installed on the side door that faces the student center, the project will wait for more funding in order to continue installation, Nolan said.

“[Bexley residents] tend to question the necessity of resource-consuming projects,” said Bexley resident Daniel T. Schultz ’07 in an e-mail. Schultz pointed to the “concern that many non-residents have keys” to Bexley as one of the reasons for the switch.

Although Nolan says card access will bring “convenience and a little more security” to the dormitory and that “keys are becoming a bit outdated,” some Bexley residents expressed concern that changes were being made to house policy without student discussion or fair notice to dormitory residents.

— Benjamin P. Gleitzman

and Joanne Y. Shih