Last Friday, Dean Miller sent an email to the college community informing students that student access to Crever has been restricted. Until the end of the semester, only Crever residents can access the building with campus security checking people entering the building.
After consulting with Donn Troutman, Director of Safety and Security and Kate Heiser, Director of Residential Life, Dean Miller made the decision to impose a “no guest or visitor” policy, forbidding gatherings that include people who are not residents of Crever.
The ruling came as a response to numerous acts of vandalism in the building. Crever residents stated at meetings that it was non- Crever residents who were mainly responsible for the damage.
Students and faculty agreed that the vandalism had to stop.
“Prior to the lottery, Kate (Heiser), Rachel Manchester (Crever SLC) and I met with nearly all the Crever residents,” Miller said. “The residents agreed the damage was a problem and had been a disruption to their community. The two weekends after these meetings there was damage in the building.”
Photo Credit: Nicole Kaye
Nicole Kaye and Brian Campbell pose outside of
Crever Hall sporting their “Free Crever” T-shirts.
“It is unfortunate this type of decision had to be made but property damage is unacceptable and the building community should not be subject to such disruption,” Miller said.
Miller addressed the residents of Crever in an email.
“It is unfortunate but to be clear this decision was made because no student has taken responsibility nor given information (anonymously or in person) about those responsible for the damage and these acts have been disruptive to your community,” he wrote to the Crever residents.
Some students felt the decision to cut off outside access to the residence hall was too harsh. Sophomore Nicole Kaye responded to the ruling by organizing a “Free Crever” movement.
“Everyone has had personal issues regarding the sanctions,” Kaye said. “I had two myself. I think it’s a little too much of a restriction for juniors in college.”
She created posters and shirts bearing their message.
“Everyone I made a shirt for wore their shirt,” Kaye said. “I’ve been hearing people around campus say ‘Free Crever!’ I liked that.”
On Monday, Kaye spoke to Dean Miller and arranged a Tuesday meeting with more residents to try and reach a mutual agreement about possibly reversing the restricted access, or lessening its effect.
“I think we will come to some sort of happy medium,” Kaye said. “I don’t think anyone will be one hundred percent happy, but I would hope to see some changes on the sanctions on Crever.”
(Additional reporting by Shannon Bolin)