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Officers Arrive and Search IDs in…Butler 210

Like this, but louder and more masculine

Like this, but louder and more masculine

“Hey man it’s crazy, don’t come here, the cops are checking IDs in 1020 210!”

Around 12:35 am, as Butler emptied out for one of the last nights of acceptable drinking before finals, two men in semi-police-officer uniforms entered Butler 210 and beelined to the far side of the room, where a few tired souls were peacefully sleeping.

Tablemates made eye contact for the first time to give each other the appropriate “What the absolute fuck” stare as the officers shook awake a girl who had fallen asleep reading, asking (not in their inside voices) to see her CUID. Understandably confused, it took her a minute to fumble out her card. They gruffly woke up the other man sleeping on the squishy chairs too, who had to go across the room to a desk to show them his card.

The officers left immediately after, and Bwog followed to see what they were up to. They surveyed the break-up room/side entrance, then headed up to 5. Bwog took the elevator after theirs to the sixth floor, standing inside the staircase on the fifth, but they were too quick for our rusty old knees, and our nose couldn’t pick up the scent of sprinkled donuts on any floor.

A simple conversation with the main security guard later—after he chatted with the men—revealed: “They don’t want people sleeping in there, and they want to make sure that they’re students. It’s a necessary thing.”

Sleeping Butlerites: Public Enemy Number 1.

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  • I work in the office says:

    @I work in the office that controls access to the libraries on campus.
    This raid is something students who’ve ever searched the But for a place to study should be VERY grateful for. Tons of people have access to our libraries (like Columbia alumni, current/retired staff, people willing to fork out a bunch of moo-la, etc.) but current students, staff and faculty are the only ones who are supposed to be in any campus library outside of circulation desk hours. This rule was created in response to student complaints about overcrowding during exams, increased theft occurrences, people treating the place like a free motel, yadda yadda yadda. Raids like this directly address our concerns.

    1. I see your Repub Mentality says:

      @I see your Repub Mentality Here are your words in the context of Arizona SB 1070

      “This checking of immigration papers is something Americans who’ve ever looked for jobs should be VERY grateful for. Tons of people have access to our country, but those who are legal are the only ones who are supposed to be in any given country. This rule was created in response to complaints about jobs taken, people speaking Spanish, people using the system to their advantage, yadda yadda yadda. Checking immigration paper like this directly address our concerns.”

      Does this disprove your reasoning or does it prove that SB 1070 is good? Or neither? Explain why. Cuz I could see someone say “JUST LET PPL B FREE! IF U NEED A SEAT IN FINALS TIME, IT’S YOUR FAULT U DIDN’T STUDY BEFORE. DONT BLAME THE “NON-CURRENT-STUDENTS”!”…What is your answer? How does this compare to the immigration situation?

      1. Damn, son says:

        @Damn, son Butler camping and AZ SB 1070…you may be reaching, a bit.

      2. Alum says:

        @Alum By that logic, even making people leave your own home would be just like the Arizona law.

  • jasper says:

    @jasper 209 is safe… for now

  • FuEl tHe FiRe says:

    @FuEl tHe FiRe I dont know what this means, but I also saw a security/police lookin man #Stop&Frisk some students for their id’s outside EC last night.

    P.S. they were chillin in that creep spot by the vents between EC and SIPA so yeah.

  • hmm says:

    @hmm Since when did napping in the library become something that warranted the intervention of security personnel? Sure, I understand that libraries are for studying, and that there is a paucity of space. But it doesn’t sound like space was an issue in the incident being described, and I don’t think that the sight of a student dozing off in the late night or early morning particularly disturbs anyone’s studying or offends the sense of decorum that a library requires. If this were in fact the reading period then there would be a greater argument in favor of enforcement, but also a greater argument against– why shouldn’t people be able to doze off in the middle of an all-nighter, for example? I don’t know, I don’t think that students should be treated like victims of a Giuliani-era sweep in Grand Central Station.

    1. lol says:

      @lol oh god

  • Dirty Hairy says:

    @Dirty Hairy Cops just go by procedure. Not a whole lot of thought is put into scenes like this. Don’t take it so personal. Just give your ID and go about your sleeping. I saw this happen once and it’s totally not like stop and frisk.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous why the fuck were cops doing this and not public safety?

    1. Alum says:

      @Alum The “two men in semi-police-officer uniforms” were probably either public safety officers or guards from a private security firm hired by the university. Real cops don’t wear “semi” cop uniforms.

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