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Revolving doors are unsafe

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There is one thing that always seems to plague students here at Carnegie Mellon when they attempt to enter a building — getting stuck in a revolving door. Though these doors can be annoying and hazardous, many times it is humorous watching others struggle in and out of buildings.

Perhaps it is the immature part of me that likes the entertainment these doors provide. Witnessing someone getting their backpack or clothes stuck is pretty funny. Then there are always those people who insist on rushing through them, pushing the door with great force and causing any people following them to either do the same or wait until the door slows down. These situations can be either really amusing or really annoying depending on whether or not you are the person waiting to enter the door and what mood you happen to be in. However, if I am having a bad day I don’t need a revolving door to cause unnecessary chaos in my life.

I found that being on the receiving end of a revolving door mishap is not something to laugh about. One annoying aspect of these doors is that you cannot merely walk through them. You must time your entrance to avoid getting smacked in the face or caught in the door. If you have a heavy backpack, you probably want to avoid these doors altogether and save yourself from letting them clamp onto your backpack, jerking you to an embarrassing halt. Then of course, there is the surprising “after-smack” of the door hitting the back of your book bag, causing a shock and possibly causing you to stumble a bit.

I absolutely loathe the revolving door “conveniently” located immediately in front of a few entrance steps at Margaret Morrison. Not only is this door annoying, but it has the potential to cause accidents. Entering through this door is not nearly as dangerous as exiting through it. Each time I pass through, I imagine what would happen if I were wearing a large backpack, and the thought scares me. Imagining what would happen on a rainy or snowy day is even scarier.

These revolving doors are not a huge problem because there are only a few of them, but they are not really necessary. I appreciate the fact that, if I am not in the mood to tussle with them, there are always alternative entrances nearby; on a day when I am in a hurry, I do not want to be smacked, shoved, or rushed through a revolving door. I don’t want to maneuver through an obstacle course; I just want to get to where I am going on time and without any injuries.