Lecture Hall Reviews: 7th Floor of Hamilton

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A comparable ascent to the 7th floor of Hamilton

Bwog knows that you secretly crave confirmation of your opinions on everything from pastries to cafes to chairs, so we are bringing you a new series of reviews of lecture halls. Tonight, we explore the dark side of one of America’s favorite founding fathers… the shitty elevator access in the Columbia Hall named after Alexander Hamilton.

Having class on the seventh floor of Hamilton is like having class at 8:40 AM: it sometimes factors into your decision of whether or not to take the class. This is because you can’t talk about the seventh floor of Hamilton without discussing the journey to get there. Hamilton is home to the most notorious elevator on campus. The only thing worse than waiting on line for half on hour to squeeze into an elevator the size of a welcome mat with about 10 other people would be taking the stairs, which on a beautiful spring day feels like a reverse descent into hell.

This may be an exaggeration, but climbing those stairs can be a pain and add a few minutes onto your day. The elevator line may look daunting around peak class time, but sometimes it is worth the wait. Timing is everything when it comes to this elevator, because it is also possible to arrive at an odd time and have the elevator to yourself. Hitching a ride on the way down is a little easier, but it can still be stressful, especially if your next class has a very strict lateness policy and is across campus.

Trekking up the Hamilton stairs can definitely remind you of how out of shape you are. You’re going to start to sweat around floor five, so try to shed your layers of outerwear as casually as possible. “I’m frantically loosening my scarf because of fashion, not weakness,” you should try to convey to strangers with your eyes. Unless you are an Olympian or genetically perfect, you might not succeed in stifling your heavy breathing around other people. For your own good, you should always leave for a seventh floor Hamilton class with plenty of time to spare.

The building itself is actually quite pretty. The lobby has two big, classy, stained glass windows. And the lecture room is nice too. It is pretty small, especially for a lecture hall, and it is completely done in wood. A slight lack of airflow means that the room will smell like whatever the people in the room smell like. The amount of light also varies a lot. It can be either pleasantly airy, or stiflingly dim. The chairs are close together and really stiff, but the desks aren’t smaller than average. Try not to bang your laptop as you squeeze between them. All things considered, it is a decent place to have class, if you can make it up to the seventh floor.

Intense stairs via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Sherry J. Wolf  

    They don't have the privilege to walk up seven flights of stairs to an ivy league poli sci lecture in Gaza. Think before you post these offensive, racist stories. If you want to fight injustice you need to withdraw from this misogynist, sexist "university" and join me and the rest of the 99% in Zucotti Park.

  2. Jo  

    Professor Carmela Franklin called us wimps when she heard we took the elevator to the sixth floor.

    The woman is a goddess.

  3. Anonymous  

    Sherry Wolf is so 2012.

    The parody is even more boring than the real thing.

    Get a new schtick.

  4. Anonymous  

    These are boring.

  5. FYI  

    8:40 is the best time for a Hamilton class because no one else is there, so no elevator line!

    Best of the best: 8:40AM Fridays

  6. I'm sorry...

    How is that racist? Do you know what racist means?

  7. Anonymous

    I like the ninth floor of Hamilton.

  8. Anonymous

    Do people at Harvard complain as much when they attend classes built in buildings from the 1600's? This is history. This is tradition. Enjoy what centuries of other Columbians did and stop complaining.

  9. years of class in Hamilton agony  

    PSA: if you want to take the elevator and are going to floors 5 or 6 and there are others on the elevator going to 7, PLEASE do not press every button! the elevator doors open and close agonizingly slowly and the "door close" button has no discernible effect. So the trip ends up twice as long for everyone. Just press 7 only and then you can walk down a flight or two. PLEASE. for the sake of the sanity of those going to the top floor.

    Also- even worse than 7 is the 8th floor which does exist and which I've had to visit many times. The elevator doesnt even go there, so if the elevator line is too long you end up taking a LOT of stairs. Sympathy for the 8th floor people!

  10. But why is it  

    that the butler stacks have 4, lightning-speed elevators, each the size of the one in Hamilton?

  11. But why is it  

    that the Butler stacks have four, lightning-speed elevators, each the size of the one in Hamilton?

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