Illustration: Adrienne Gaylord
The new security measures being implemented across campus have been received poorly. Students are frustrated, primarily with the locked Huss Center doors. The main problem with this is not that security measures are taking place, as safety is always the number one priority at school, but rather that the majority of the student body didn’t realize the doors were locked until it had already happened.
This issue has hit seniors, especially. Senior privileges allow seniors to leave campus during free blocks. Due to the locked doors, it is becoming a common occurrence for seniors to return to campus and not be able to enter the school. There usually is a security guard at the front desk with the ability to unlock one of the Huss doors and let students in, but there are times when seniors are locked out of the school because the security guard was not at the desk when the student returned to campus.
Situations like this need to be recognized by the administration: maximizing safety, maintaining transparency, of course, but also keeping the school accessible. These new changes require communication between the administration and the members of the community; the changes need to start with a clear explanation of what’s being integrated into the school. The administration valuing safety and general security is more important than causing minor inconveniences to a select few individuals, but those minor inconveniences would be expected by the community if all aspects of these new changes were made clear.