It seems as if Columbia has been having a bit of trouble with Fire Safety lately. Yesterday, two unrelated occurrences confirm that maybe we should be worried about the all-consuming wrath-fire after all.
From Bwog Tipster Addison Anderson, on yesterday’s EC fire alarm:
After the alarm from the smoke scare on the 14th floor stopped ringing, everyone went back inside. I was walking down the hallway on 14, when I ran into a bunch of firefighters standing outside the Suite of Carelessness. The following exchange ensued:
Firefighter (annoyed): You know, there’s a fire, and one of you kids might get hurt.
Me: So they shouldn’t have let us all back inside?
Me: Because that’s what they did, they said we could…
Firefighter sighs and shakes head mournfully, fed up.
Some EC residents are beginning to feel like maybe the University has it in for them. First the non-working water heaters, then the awful elevators, and now this? It makes you wonder…
Next, a same-day dispatch from Bwog staffer Andrew Flynn.
Today was a bad day for fire alarms. One went off in Milbank during my class with Taylor Carman, professor of Philosophy. Carman was already over-time, but he stopped to assess the situation. Unfortunately, the noise of the alarm was not loud or frequent enough to constitute a significant emergency, he told us. So, as we watched through the glass doors as others streamed out of the building, Carman raised his voice and frantically tried to continue his lecture on Bourdieu over the commotion. A few minutes into this, he stepped back and stoically declared that he was beginning to question the wisdom of our procedure.
I love this man.
Tags: dorm fire, east campus, fire, philosophy