Opinion: Eagle IDs Keep us from Soaring

After Mod-hopping late into the night last weekend, I fantasized about collapsing onto my bed. Suddenly, my hopes were shattered when I realized my Eagle ID was sitting on my desk. I was stranded outside my dorm and somehow each passing soul lived in another building. With all of my friends asleep by now, I was left praying that someone from the building would come by soon. As Mother Nature sent a monsoon directly above head — not the kind of divine inspiration I was hoping for — I began to question BC’s current building security system.

BC’s building security policy has created an unreasonable safety contradiction. When the Gasson clock tower strikes midnight, your Eagle ID grants access to your dorm exclusively. With this restriction, we cannot swipe into a friend’s building and cannot help people stranded outside their own building. These measures are an unsuccessful attempt at preventing unwanted behaviors in dorms and only decrease security by leaving students stranded outside in the nighttime.

Our current swipe in system is a hassle that often puts students in dangerous situations. Whether you are following an invite from “a friend of a friend” or you are visiting a sibling, you must coordinate the exact timing of your arrival to the dorm. Otherwise you can stand behind the doors and pretend to fiddle for your ID. Students who do not plan well are left waiting outside at unreasonably late hours, a fact which counteracts the ultimate goal of student safety. If our system were changed, the Eagle ID would cover every student.

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Walsh Hall has even imparted extra security measures to decrease student and visitor access. Walsh is the only dorm on campus with a security desk, a fact which residents resent and question. Walsh may be the closest dorm to the border of the BC Bubble, but will a security desk prevent outsiders from popping into other buildings? If anything the Walsh check in desk displays the inconsistency of building security across campus. Building access could be standardized across campus by allowing students of all grades to enter any dorm freely.

It is clear that the limits on our Eagle IDs are not intended to shelter us from outsiders but from one another. But is it necessary to separate students in this way? We are all members of the BC community who respect one another and our school’s property. The building restrictions disregard this fact and imply a mistrust of the student population. The most obvious reason that BC prevents us from entering other years’ dorms is assumed behaviors that BC strongly discourages. But realistically BC can’t stop underage partying or worse, cohabitation, with loose security measures.

Students’ inability to swipe into a dorm does not prevent mingling across grades. On a Saturday night, eager freshman are more than willing to wait outside upperclassmen dorms on the chance that someone will invite them into a party (it is in our nature as BC students to be overly ambitious). If they endure the slightly embarrassing wait, a resident will eventually open the door and let them into the off-limits zone. With the right level of persistence, students can find their way into any dorm and will continue with their night as planned. Allowing students to swipe into every dorm thus would not create an all access pass, but it would simply eliminate the middlemen in the process. A piece of plastic isn’t going to stop someone from swiping in if they really want to.

Granting students of all grades access to any dorm certainly poses less of a threat to campus safety than BC implies. Establishing a more liberal swipe in system would allow students to move more conveniently and safely from building to building around their own campus. We should say goodbye to just catching the closing door before midnight and hello to a quick swipe of our Eagle IDs.


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