Students visiting the Corboy Law Center may have noticed that things have changed quite a bit while they were away.
On Jan. 9, students received an email from The Office of the Bursar informing them that starting on Jan. 14, a Loyola ID card would now be required to enter the Law Center. What the email did not say is where these swipe machines would be or whether or not they would affect the flow of traffic in the Water Tower Campus’ busiest academic building.
These new machines are located in the center of the Corboy lobby and create a traffic pattern in the lobby. Students entering the building through the side door can no longer walk across to the stairs as a glass partition has cordoned off that area.
Students around campus are a little confused by this change, feeling that they had no real notice of the upcoming change.
“It’s just so random, I feel like they didn’t even survey students, they just sort of did it,” said junior Lucy Glaser, a 20-year-old ad/PR major.
Other students believe that the change has negatively affected the traffic flow, making it more difficult to get to and from classes in that building.
“I think it’s inconvenient and annoying, it probably should be at the elevators instead of where it is. I think it’s really poorly laid out,” said senior Emily Delaney, a 22-year-old social work major.
However, a Campus Safety Officer explained that the change was necessary in order for the school to make Corboy as safe as other building located on Loyola’s Water Tower Campus.
“It increases the efficiency of the traffic flow. Whereas it used to be people were going out and coming in the same [door] there was a bottleneck and we couldn’t see the revolving doors from our security desk,” he said.
Delaney does not agree with that assessment.
“I appreciate the security and all but I don’t appreciate where it is and how it blocks the [side] entrance because a lot of students are coming off the “L” or the shuttle there,” she said.
Not all students agree with Delaney, however. Heather Pijua, 19, an accounting major doesn’t mind the change.
“I’m just getting used to it. I don’t really mind it. I mean, all the other buildings down here have it,” she said.
The Campus Safety Officer believes that if students give the change some time they too will realize that the change really is necessary. He says that the addition of the card swipe machines help him and other officers at the Water Tower Campus better perform their jobs, while giving students and staff the extra security they need.
“It’s for both [security and traffic] purposes. This building was the only building on [the Water Tower] campus that didn’t have that security. I think it’s a good thing, it’s just a matter of acclimation; nobody likes change.”