WTF Columbia: Ving Theft Edition
Written by Bwog Staff
Columbia has fucked us all over at some point. The saga continues.
This morning several occupants of a John Jay floor had something rather unfortunate and very annoying occur: Columbia nabbed all of the Ving cards that had been left in residents’ doors. A couple of folks got locked out of their rooms while others were late for lunch meetings and had to delay long-overdue showers.
For those of you who haven’t been here long or haven’t lived in John Jay or McBain, Ving cards are these weirdly long plastic cards with holes in them, about the thickness of a Starbucks card, that are used as keys to enter rooms. It is perhaps a habit of both laziness and convenience that students can leave their Ving cards in their doors and have it accessible to visitors and in a place where they won’t forget it.
Apparently, however, students are unsafe with their doors open, as per the housing policy that requires students to keep their doors locked “when they exit.” Residents are so unsafe, in fact, that Facilities took their keys “for their own good.” One student reports hearing this from the desk dude at Hartley Hospitality as he “begrudgingly” requested his key from him. When asked why students weren’t warned or told where their keys were, the desk dude simply said, “that’s how it would be if someone took your key!” One student tells Bwog that had it not been for the fact that his neighbor had also lost his key, “we would have had no idea what had happened.” Notably, students hadn’t exited their rooms per the updated requirement; at least some were still sleeping there.
Now, we’re not saying that it’s necessarily the most responsible thing to leave your key in your door, but we imagine that it was not so fun being taught a lesson the way Facilities attempted to do with this group of first-years. WTF Columbia for not thinking that saying something to them would have been enough, and WTF Columbia for making this such a thing when access to the dorms is already tightly regulated by security guards.