STORY BY MOLLY ADAMSON
The most exciting thing about coming back to Drake for sophomore year was the bigger room my roommate and I would have living in Goodwin-Kirk. The room has more space; giving each of us our own room and a shared room in the middle.
While settling in, I noticed that our door lock was different than the one we had in Herriott last year. I asked my roommate if she knew how the new lock worked since she had been there longer. She thought it was tricky and had a hard time unlocking it.
I was slightly concerned hearing this, so I went to a friend’s room and asked about his door lock. He said he used the key and that it was relatively easy.
But when my roommate and I tried it, we were baffled. I’m pretty confident that our lock is very different and might even be broken.
I came back to the room and found the door unlocked with my roommate inside. I asked her if she had unlocked the door and she said she didn’t realize she had unlocked it.
On another night, I came back from a late night in the lobby doing homework. My roommate was asleep, but the door was unlocked. Someone could have broken in during the middle of the night if they had wanted to. Luckily no one did. I asked her about it the next morning, and she said, once again, that she’d had no idea.
Saying our lock is difficult is a bit of an understatement.
For people whose doors are easier to open, the challenges are still there. With the freshman dorms, you clicked a button, and the door unlocked, allowing you to run to the bathroom without having to bring your key. But now you have to really think about unlocking your door.
This whole thing sucks — especially if you forget your key because then you have to pay a fine to get an RA to unlock your door with their master key, unless your roommate is around.
These different locks can only cause unsafe situations and students are paying more than they already are just to open a locked door.