As if the Housing Lottery wasn’t tough enough for first-year students, it seems like Theme Housing won’t be a way to sneak into an apartment this year. In years prior, rising sophomores have filled NCAs and Aclands under the pretense of Theme Housing, but this seems to be a thing of the past. This year’s Theme Housing application–emailed to campus from the Office of Housing and Residential Life–seems to be trying to undo this loophole. Continue reading
[Update 2/5/15]: In an email to The Thrill, Jill Engel-Hellman, the Director of Housing and Residential Life, said “the decision was made in consultation with Campus Safety and Maintenance to bring these spaces into line with all of the other apartments with exterior doors across campus.” Additionally, ResLife looked into purchasing sliding doors that auto-lock (similar to all other apartment doors) but found that they do not exist. Thus, the decision was made to permanently lock the doors.
In an email to residents of the Acland Apartments, the Office of Housing and Residential Life informed the residents that the sliding doors that lead out to the patios of the apartments would be permanently locked in the coming weeks. A portion of the email reads:
This is being done as a safety measure in an ongoing effort to secure Kenyon’s buildings. Several years ago, Kenyon made the decision to better secure our buildings, including residential, administrative, and academic buildings. Card readers were added to the exterior of buildings and auto-locking locks were placed on apartment exterior doors. Along with interior locks on offices and bedrooms, this added a double barrier of safety and security. These patio doors are not auto-locking and can pose a risk to student safety as well as property belonging to those residents and to Kenyon.
After the email was sent The Thrill reached out to Acland residents via a Google Form to gauge their reaction. Read some of those opinions after the break.