Living on campus once again after two years off has its positives and negatives. The lack of mice, mold, and landlords is certainly a plus. The convenience doesn’t hurt either. As for the community aspect? The jury’s still out on that one.
Edmonds, nine floors and all, calls for the use of one of its three elevators to get around once inside the monstrosity. The elevators are at least some of the fastest on campus, so this isn’t really a hassle. Of course there is the question of what floor really require the use of the elevator.
I’ve found that I get discerning looks from other residents of the building when I get in the elevator and press the button for the fourth floor. In a few instances, I’ve been verbally chastised for my usage of the transport. Despite the criticisms, I have continued to use the elevator. However, the usage has not come without great introspection of my part.
In order to determine whether or not I can morally ride the elevator, I’ve tried to narrow down the amount of floors that can unquestionably ride it. I thought that Edmonds, being a nine floor building can be easily blocked into three sections. After looking at it from a few different angles, I’m not so sure.
Floors one and two can be safely eliminated from justly riding the elevator. One would have nowhere to go and two would waste too much time waiting for the elevator. Likewise, no one would argue that floors seven, eight, and nine should have unequivocal access to the elevator.
But what about floor number three?
The simple answer would be that three does not need to use the elevator. Two flights of stairs is nothing for a BC student, who needs to climb a big hill to get to most classes. But what if the residents of floor number three have groceries or cases of beer? Are they expected to carry heavy things up the stairs when Edmonds’ elevators are fast enough to do the Kessel run in under twelve parsecs (props to anyone who gets the pop culture reference)?
Which leads us to the gray area that justifies the usage of the elevator by residents of the fourth, fifth, and sixth floors. There are too many extenuating circumstances to judge why a person would opt out of walking up three flights of stairs. Edmonds is far away from main campus, BC students work out frequently, or maybe they’ve just eaten a big meal at one of the dining halls?
Then there’s also the biggest reason of them all. It costs an exorbitant amount of money to live on campus. If the students who reside in the residence halls wish to make use of its transports, then their will shall be done.
The Rock does its best to support the individual decisions that its writers make. Likewise, I don’t think that it’s unreasonable to ask that BC students keep an open mind as to how their classmates choose to exercise their bodies. Elevators for all!!!