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The Ethics of Elevator Usage

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.

[/media-credit] The elevators in question

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!!!


  1. Never stand if you can sit – and never walk if you can take the elevator!

  2. As a resident of Edmonds for three straight years and having lived on the 5th and 9th floors, I can say without a doubt that floors 1-4 should never be used unless you have groceries or a parent/grandparent with you. Additionally, a topic that you never brought up was the validity of the use of the elevators going down. The Cutoff is the 6th floor. If you live on the 5th, feel free to take it up, but take the stairs down. Only the 6th floor and up can use the elevator for both up and down. Luckily, in my three years of Edmonds, I only once had the misfortune of getting into an elevator with someone who felt the need to go from 1 to 2. I like to believe that the stare I gave that man put an end to his non-sense. This being said, I’m happy to report that most residents of Edmonds know what they’re doing when it comes to proper elevator usage.

  3. In those antedeluvian days (before the Spanish-American War), the rubric in my quarters was simple: walk up one and down two. Nobody made a fuss over violations, but there was an understood exemption for the heavily-laden. This seemed to work well enough.

  4. Memories, memories…. TPM’s comment (above, top) reminds me of the rubric proffered by my late mother, who lived to 90 in excellent health. Her view was:
    -Never stand when you can sit;
    -Never sit when you can lie down; and most assuredly
    -Never walk when you can ride.

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