The Great Gate Debate

By Kimberly Kelly

MSMC President Dr. Jason Adsit sent out an email on Aug. 31 to the Mount community featuring a survey to give opinions on which gates should be open and when.

There are seven gates on campus: Gate 1 is the main entrance on Powell Avenue, Gate 2 is on Powell Avenue near the DC, Gate 3 is on Gidney Avenue near Bishop Dunn Memorial School, Gate 4 is on Liberty Street behind Sakac, and Gates 5, 6 and 7 connect the College Courts to the main campus. Currently, the only gate always kept open is Gate 1, the main entrance.

The survey provided three options to choose from, all of which included the main entrance on Powell Avenue being open at all times:

  • Option A described having Gate 3, on Gidney Avenue, open Monday through Friday during school bus hours.
  • Option B offered everything from Option A as well as Gate 6, which connects the College Courts to the main campus near Hudson Hall, open Monday through Friday from 7am to 10pm.
  • Option C described everything from both previous options plus, Gates 2 and 4 open Monday through Friday from 7am to 7pm.

The general consensus from students interviewed was that the gate between the College Courts and the main campus gate to always be open, or at least only during academic hours. Mount senior and commuter Lindsay Ostrander said “the gate in the College Courts is an inconvenience, it should honestly be open.”

A follow up email sent on Sept. 14 announced that 220 students and 130 faculty members took part in the survey. Out of the participants over 70 percent favored Plan C, while Plan A was the second most popular choice.

As of Sept. 17 the following plan has been put into place: Gate 1 will constantly remain open, Gate 3 will be open Monday through Friday during school bus hours, Gates 2 and 4 will be open business days from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Gate 6 will be open business days from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.