By Mark Katzbach
Spring break, for most people,
is a time for relaxation and an opportunity to get away from the stresses
of day-to-day life for a week. For me, spring break was quite the opposite.
From UC to MC
As most of you are aware, spring break was utilized to move all remaining
offices from the University Center that closed on March 17. Most of
these were moved to the renovated Main Classrooms first floor.
Most services are up and running, including Campus 411, the campus bursar,
Campus Connection Lounge and Mobile Campus in their new location. This
is where I came in. I have been working at Mobile Campus since the beginning
of 2006. I was there when they expanded the backroom and remodeled the
front. I watched many people fall down the stairs to our left almost
breaking our laptops and their ankles. I had watched many storms roll
in and out of downtown from our office in the UC, also known as the
Cage. Our time had come, we were moving and I was asked to assist. As
a student who could use the extra cash, I accepted.
No locks on the doors?
Packing was quick and simple. The complications didnt start until
Wednesday when we found out the new Mobile Campus location did not yet
have locks in the doors. It pushed back our scheduled move on Thursday.
Dan Mortimer, manager of Help Desk and Student Computing Services, arranged
to phone us on Friday around noon to let us know if we should come in
and start moving, or wait until Saturday. We ended up taking Friday
off because the locks were not put in until Friday afternoon.
On Saturday, Janet Bassi, Steve Cieslewicz and I arrived at 8:30 in
the morning. We had been promised a cart and dolly to aid in our move.
However, somebody had accidentally returned those accouterments to the
duplicating department in the Rhodes Tower basement the day before,
and there was nobody working that day to unlock the room for us. We
were left with Steves dolly he brought from home. After several
trips working with the dolly, and one of our office chairs to move boxes,
we knew we would need something larger if we were to move all 250 laptops
and our bigger office equipment before the end of the day.
Late in the morning, one of the construction workers arrived and installed
the shelves we needed for the laptops. This was a relief to us as we
were not sure until this point where to place the machines. Once the
shelves were in, we were able to stack the laptops on them as Steve
wired up the power strips and charging cords for each machine.
Steve found a pallet jack in the unfinished section of the Main Classroom
first floor. He loaded an empty pallet on it and we utilized it for
the move. We managed to make do with what we had and proceeded to move
the boxes, filing cabinets, laptops and office computers across the
plaza to the new location. The exertion coupled with the warm, morning
sun had us sweating until lunch.
We spent our lunch hour reminiscing on the old location and the events
we had witnessed in the UC. From welcome back events to chili cook-offs
to Springfest, the UC housed them all. There would be no more event
coordinators offering us plates of food. On the positive side, there
would be no more loud music. No more drum circles, dances or ceremonies
with large crowds of people milling about the atrium.
As the afternoon wore on, we finished moving everything to the new location.
We took one last look at the old location, wrote our goodbyes on the
walls, and locked it for the last time. It was a bittersweet departure
from our old office. The entire history of the Mobile Campus had happened
within those walls. However, we wont miss the noisy atrium events
that made it difficult to do business. The new location is quieter,
but there are no windows visible from where I sit at the counter, making
it feel like noon all day. It takes some getting used to.
For the rest of the day, we concentrated on setting up and putting everything
away. The afternoon had turned overcast and cold, as there was no heat
at the new location. By about 5 p.m., we had everything put away in
our new cabinets and drawers, the computers hooked up and ready on the
counter and the laptops put up on the shelves, with a number of them
plugged in and charging. The temperature inside had dropped below 60,
but our task was done.
Our Saturday was gone and we were exhausted, but Mobile Campus was ready
to open on Monday morning.
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