Student privileges are notoriously fickle things. Katy Metcalf and Revathi Maturi are not happy about the recent elevator closing, but is there a good reason behind it? After the recent wave of vandalism and theft, it's all too easy to see a trend. Writing on a sign may seem a small matter, but not when it's part of a broader development.
The closing of the elevator to students just days before Thanksgiving break has caused many to change their habits. While most former elevator users have grudgingly gotten used to taking the stairs, Langston Allston-Yeagle didn't want to give in without a fight. Check out Langston's cartoon alter-ego as he challenges "K" to a showdown over the elevator closure.
There is a time and place for rule-breaking. There is nothing commendable in blindly adhering to policies if one doesn’t stop to consider the purpose behind the rules. But there is nothing to be gained from writing all over things that do not belong to you, particularly if what you’re writing isn’t even funny.
Friday's closing of the elevator to students for the rest of the school year caught a lot of people by surprise, including Nancy Tang. "There's a bigger picture that we need to look at because this isn't just about the elevator," she writes. "It's really about communication between us and our administration. Someone needs to speak up for the student body and mediate between the two."