hide your women and children!

to address the rising concerns for studio safety:

faculty is well aware of the issue of students propping doors open to go in and out when working late nights as well as undesirables who take advantage of that and come in for the advertised free laptop giveaway.

concerns have been brought up,  and the solutions of giving everyone card swipe access and increasing security were suggested.

and thats all folks!

no one knows whats currently going on to resolve the issue, or if the suggested solutions are currently in the process of being implemented.  there has been no efforts from the faculty as a whole to present their knowledge of the issue to the students, ask for student suggestions or even telling students that things are being worked on.

ignored and forgotten?

you tell me


4 responses to “hide your women and children!

  1. Rather than having swipe access to enter the building, can swipe access locks be put on studio doors? Many people from other faculties use the building to get from uni centre to mackenzie and vice versa. No need to keep them out of the building… just out of studio. And in any case, we can’t expect locks to be put on the doors of the fourth and fifth floor bridges.
    I think the most effective way to keep intruders out is to keep only studio doors locked with swipe access for architecture students.

    Or (for a more economical solution that can be implemented immediately) just lock your laptops in your lockers when you leave your desk unattended. This can serve two purposes. 1) your laptop won’t get stolen and 2) these thieves are eventually going to stop coming if they notice that there haven’t been unattended laptops lately.

  2. Swipe-access to studios sounds like a great idea in terms of security, but it has the potential to significantly destroy our open-studio environment and the free open access for conversation and dialogue. I’ve seen swipe-access for studios at other universities, and you’d be surprised how “office-like” it feels and a large downer on student collaborative spirit.

    Laptop locks aren’t the most secure solution, but it does prevent the casual person from walking by and picking up your laptop when you’re away from your desk. The dangerous of course is the assumption that people have of laptop locks being completely secure – in an empty studio with bolt cutters lying around, it’s definitely not a solution overnight. But it’d be handy if you need to leave your desk for a lunch/dinner/midnight-snack1/midnight-snack8 break hours while other students are around.

  3. the simplest solution to me would seem to be making every ext access door have card swipe access so that architecture students who are usually the ones who put the door stops in so that they can get in the closest door (especially since it is winter and students do what they can to avoid going around the whole building) will know that they can get in later with their student cards.
    another problem is that many students don’t even know that the doors that do have card swipe access need a pin as well as their carleton id card. students who did not live in residence do not have pins and still do not. unfortunately zero effort has been put into even notifying students of how they can utilize the existing card swipe doors.
    there have been incidents of theft every single year for the past several years but i am quite perturbed to find that nothing significant was done then and still has not been done now. and i see no actions being taken or notification of anything being done about it.
    when warnings are emailed every year about expecting studio thefts, to the point where it is almost a “tradition”, things are obviously wrong with how administration handles serious issues.

    • Activate your student card pin on Carleton Central.
      This should be mentioned during the first studio sessions

      And also- be diligent with your shit!
      There is no excuse to leave laptops and other expensive stuff out over night. This is your responsibility.

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