Jan

22

This Week in Wien: Theft Has Consequences

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Living in Wien is hard enough: the isolation, the rust, the stigma! Now, the CU Secret Police are threatening to storm the Dorm that Time Forgot–that is, enter every Wien room–to determine where some missing lounge furniture has ended up.

Bwog has heard whispers of the drama, and has just intercepted an email sent from the Associate Director of Residential Programs outlining the furniture heist. At least 6 chairs have gone missing from the 2nd floor computer lab, as well as 2 sofa cushions from the 2nd floor kitchen. Worse still, 6 wooden chairs have disappeared from a kitchen table on the 2nd floor. Unless these items are returned by 9 AM next Thursday the 28th, a terrifying-sounding troupe of Res Program, Housing and Maintenance staff will open every door in Wien between 9 AM and 5 PM. Seriously. Read the full email after the jump.

Dear Wien Residents:

Greetings to those of you returning to Wien, and for any of you who are new to the Wien community, welcome!  It was good to see so many of you at floor meetings this past Tuesday evening.

I am writing with an important and critical update for all Wien residents.  A number of pieces of furniture have gone missing from both the 2nd floor computer lab and the 2nd floor kitchen.  Specifically, 6 chairs from the computer lab, 2 sofa cushions from the kitchen, and 6 wooden chairs from around the kitchen table, all have gone missing.

The Office of Residential Programs is committed to providing a residential experience that encourages respect, mutual understanding, and a sense of community.  When individuals in our community remove furniture from our common lounges for private usage, the community is impacted.

The primary goal is to have the furniture returned to the computer lab/kitchen immediately so that our entire community can benefit from the use of these spaces.  If all of the missing lounge furniture is not returned by 9 am on Thursday, January 28, 2010, Residential Programs, Housing, and Facilities staff will enter all residential rooms in Wien between 9 am and 5 pm on that date.  Any piece of “missing” furniture found in a student room will immediately be removed from the room and returned to the computer lab/kitchen.  If residents have the missing furniture in their room, they will be subject to the Dean’s Discipline process.  We hope that we will not have to take this step so I would appreciate everyone’s cooperation in resolving this matter.

I appreciate your consideration of the Wien community.

Sincerely,

Kristen Sylvester

24 Comments

  1. will  

    That is the true genius of America, a faith in simple dreams, an insistence on small miracles; that we can tuck in our children at night and know that they are fed and clothed and safe from harm; that we can say what we think, steal what we will, without hearing a sudden knock on the door.

  2. Nuriel Moghavem  

    "In order to provide a residential experience that encourages respect, mutual understanding, and a sense of community, we will consider every resident guilty until proven innocent."

    never change, Columbia.

    • qwacker  

      yeah, that's the theory behind the universal search. but, in practice, how else are they going to get the stuff back from the jackasses that took it?

      • person  

        Assuming they're at all related, do you honestly think that someone is holding 6 big wooden chairs, 6 computer lounge chairs and a few random couch cushions in their room? And if they're not, how does Columbia University differentiate between what's theirs and what isn't - I know the dining room chairs aren't marked. They're not going to catch anyone, it's either someone who's exporting furniture or a bunch of isolated incidents that they can't really demonstrate.

        • a different person  

          the search isn't *guaranteed* to catch anybody but it holds out the strongest possibility. i've never been in the wien kitchen but the computer lab chairs i know are the standard upright blue chairs you find in the LLC. they're clearly different from the burgundy semi-rocker chairs in wien rooms. so your argument against the search on practical grounds doesn't hold water. practicality can easily be enlisted to argue the other side.

  3. theo  

    'twas the hamburgler

  4. btw  

    East Campus got an e-mail like this also.

  5. Anonymous  

    they're doing this in EC too except we only have until monday

  6. Maybe  

    If selfish people didn't steal communal furniture this would not be neccesary!

  7. please please please  

    make this week in Wien a weekly column!

  8. Jesus  

    This happens *every* year. Damn sense of entitlement and impotent rage.

  9. truth

    this happened a couple of years ago as well. turned out all the furniture was piled high in one kid's room. i kid you not.

  10. actually  

    Dear East Campus Residents:



    Greetings to those of you returning to East Campus, and for any of you who are new to the EC community, welcome!



    I am writing with an important and critical update for all EC residents. A number of pieces of furniture have gone missing from both the 20th floor lounge and the 12th floor lounge. Specifically, 2 sofa chairs and 3 wooden chairs from the 20th floor lounge; and 3 sofa chairs and 4 wooden chairs from the 12th floor lounge, all have gone missing.



    The Office of Residential Programs is committed to providing a residential experience that encourages respect, mutual understanding, and a sense of community. When individuals in our community remove furniture from our common lounges for private usage, the community is impacted. Last semester, many RAs spoke with residents encouraging the prompt return of all lounge furniture, which did result in some furniture reappearing.



    The primary goal is to have all of the furniture returned to the 20th and 12th floor lounges immediately so that our entire community can benefit from the use of these spaces. If all of the missing lounge furniture is not returned by 9 am on Monday, January 25, 2010, Residential Programs, Housing, and Facilities staff will enter all residential rooms in EC between 9 am and 5 pm on that date. Any piece of "missing" furniture found in a student room will immediately be removed from the room and returned to the respective lounge. If residents have the missing furniture in their room, they will be subject to the Dean's Discipline process. We hope that we will not have to take this step so I would appreciate everyone's cooperation in resolving this matter.



    I appreciate your consideration of the East Campus community.



    Sincerely,



    Kristen Sylvester

  11. awww shit  

    get your towels ready

  12. huh?  

    how does furniture fit into those tiny jail cells deemed wien living spaces to even steal?

  13. Columbia swatow

    That's what my ReCaptcha words were. Coincidence Columbia was in there or not?

  14. Some Freshman  

    same in Furnald.
    Apparently a table from the laundry room has disappeared.

  15. idea:  

    as soon as the raids finish today at 5 everyone go into your lounges and take all the furniture

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