Sunday, October 04, 2009

A Brief Facility Update, and Some Outstanding Questions

An exciting development this week: giant mud pit has evolved into… steel rebar pit! Steel rebar pit is WAY cooler than mud pit: it looks like a giant, tetanus-laden jungle gym for law students. I wish I could play out there…

In the spirit of such renovations, I have composed a short list of facility-related questions that I've been wondering about for the last several weeks. Any and all input is welcome. Ehem:

1) Does Boalt have a first aid kit? If so, where is it located?

Brief background: I was mildly surprised to learn that law school does not distribute pain-killers and band-aids in giant vending machines, alongside redbull, vodka and jellybeans. My mistaken belief was, no doubt, attributable to a background in investment consulting where vodkabull sprang from corporate fountains like water, right next to the Tylenol PM-sponsored conference rooms… In any case, I noticed several limping 1Ls at orientation (brand new shoes) and 2Ls during OCIP (fancy shoes) – what are they to do?

2) Is there a women’s (or men’s) bathroom in the building that contains a feminine products dispenser? You know – the kind you find in most garden-variety strip malls, that take quarters?

Brief background: A few other students and I got into a conversation about this… and I suspect the answer is “no,” which is somewhat unfortunate as the closest convenience store is on Telegraph. Then I got to wondering: is this state of affairs the result of no class representative wanting to take on a “tampon” platform?? If this is the case, I officially promise $10 and a home-baked apple pie to the first student rep who takes on the tampon platform, OR the first alum who makes a donation to Boalt specifically to establish a “[INSERT YOUR NAME] Tampon Fund.” The hilarity is worth it to me.

3) Where is the closest ATM?

Brief background: This one’s pretty simple. Zeb & Strada don’t take debit/credit, and I am a caffeine addict. The other day, I had no cash and found myself offering another student my soul plus a $10 IOU in exchange for $1.40 upfront. Any secret ATMs hiding out in nearby buildings?

4) Where is the best place to sleep in the building, because..umm, 20-minute power naps = amazing?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll answer number 4 and the answer is the comfy chairs in the main reading room. It's warm in there so you feel all cozy and you can wait up to the site of others studying and then feel extra lazy.

10/04/2009 11:50 AM  
Blogger Jackie O said...

I have been wondering the same things! And I was guilty of new shoes resulting in me begging for band-aids. I also have running tabs with classmates due to insufficient cash for coffee.

10/04/2009 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Closest ATM is in the International House For Wells Fargo or BOFA, walk down Bancroft. That's where cheap food is anyway.

First aid--I've gotten band-aids and pain killers from Polly. (And I wouldn't be surprised if she had a supply of tampons too.)

10/04/2009 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and the I-House Cafe (where the ATM is) also serves food and coffee and takes Visa/MC.

10/04/2009 12:16 PM  
Anonymous Sara C. said...

There's also a BofA ATM at the Business School (near their library). Shocker, I know.

10/04/2009 12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's an undergrad mini-convenience store between Boalt and the music school... they may sell feminine products?

But the B-school ATM is certainly the best ATM to use if you have a BoA account. The charges at I-house are a little ridiculous. It's right outside their library.

10/04/2009 12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally napped in the BHWA lounge before. The couches aren't as comfy as they used to be, but it was still pretty decent. BHWA also stocks tampons for its members.

PS: can we please get free westlaw coffee back? I miss the mornings where they used to just hand that stuff out for free.

10/04/2009 1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget the tampon dispensers - I'd be happy if they'd put windows in the bathrooms.

10/04/2009 2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a transfer, the thing I miss most about my 1L school is the nap-able couches in the library. Law students can spend hours upon hours in the library, and a good couch to break up the day with a 20-minute power nap is a must. But aside from the 2-3 midget couches in the main library room, Boalt students are SOL. Add to that the fact there is now not a SINGLE BATHROOM IN THE LIBRARY and you must EXIT THE LIBRARY AND WALK DOWNSTAIRS TO USE A RESTROOM and you are left with a library that I rarely use to study in.

10/04/2009 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:16, If the bathroom walk is a problem, consider:

More generally, why the need to never leave Boalt's campus ever? The sun is shining! Go for a walk.

10/04/2009 4:28 PM  
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10/04/2009 4:40 PM  
Blogger L'Alex said...

Wow... thanks all, this info is amazing! They should find a way to incorporate it into our orientation packets. :)

10/04/2009 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

many of the journal offices keep painkillers, band-aids, and blood-sopping-things of a more intimate variety in stock. if you're a member of a journal and yours doesn't, you should demand it.

also worth noting for anyone who never has cash on hand: the International House Cafe imposes no minimum purchase amount for debit/credit cards. don't bother with their ATM, though.

sleep: on the grass outside near the new terrace, weather permitting!

10/04/2009 5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ATM in I-House is gone this year, FYI

10/04/2009 6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the tampon fund suggestion, though not willing to associate myself with that one. Have been asked many a time by semi-acquaintence if I have a tampon I can spare due to lack of machines. I once worked in a place that gave them out for free. That was a great benefit! (can't believe I'm writing about this)

10/04/2009 8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you work for a professor or a center or something like that, and you need a band-aid, you may discover that they have an emergency survival first-aid kit.

10/04/2009 9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And yes, Polly is generous with the medicines and band-aids too.

By the way, what if anything is supposed to happen in the campus-wide earthquake drill on Wednesday?

10/04/2009 9:52 PM  
Blogger mle said...

6:24, I'm pretty sure the ATM is still there ...

10/04/2009 10:11 PM  
Blogger SC said...

Totally agreed on the nap space! I would argue it's the biggest facility-type problem with Boalt. If you can snag one, there are two small couches in the corners of the North Reading Room near the windows that are nice to nap on too. They're often occupied, but when not, they're great.

But, yeah, it's shameful that we don't have some sort of quiet couch-filled room in the law school.

10/05/2009 7:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best place to sleep on campus is within the arms of B*b B*rring’s tender embrace.

Trust me on this one.

10/05/2009 8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still feel self-conscious about sleeping in public places. What if I snore and I don't know it? What if I scratch myself in inappropriate places? These are huge concerns in a school as small as Boalt.

10/05/2009 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...what if you recite the restatement of torts in your sleep?

10/05/2009 12:17 PM  
Anonymous JM said...

The administration has asked Zeb to accept credit and debit cards but Zeb is not contractually obligated to do so. Zeb is supposedly taking it under consideration.

The dean's office is also in the process of looking into an ATM machine for Boalt.

10/05/2009 12:22 PM  
Anonymous '08 Grade said...

2:16pm --

I don't know if it's still true, with the massive remodeling, but there were restrooms in the library as little as two years ago. They were in the room where the group study rooms are.

10/05/2009 2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


the library restrooms were removed during the construction. also, the hallway to Zeb and Steinhart courtyard is now closed after 6pm, so those bathrooms are also off limits. the only bathrooms are the ones near the 1xx classrooms.

the result is i never study in the library anymore.

10/05/2009 3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't study in the library because you have to walk down a flight of stairs to get to the bathroom? How often do you use the bathroom?

10/05/2009 5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's always Depends.

10/05/2009 6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cue Depends jingle..... now

10/05/2009 9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for female necessities, the I-house store sells those, has bandaids, tyllenol etc

10/06/2009 2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I won't reveal my favorite nap spot because I don't want anyone to take it!

10/07/2009 9:26 AM  
Anonymous onomatowhata said...

the best nap spot is on the concrete benches out in the courtyard when the sun is out. you can sleep forever and get a tan.

what? what hole? you're a hole!

10/07/2009 4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, I believe they have advil and some other meds at the library desk. Ive gotten them there in the past. never asked for a tampon though

10/07/2009 9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the most luxuriously private bathroom in the school is situated in the hallway directly up the stairs from the dean's office, which is a quick trip from the library.

having recently graduated, i'm now comfortable sharing this information.

10/08/2009 9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Student services has first aid stuff, but they're apparently reluctant to give it out. A fellow 3L spent several minutes literally begging them for a bandaid and alcohol swabs as I lay bleeding on the sidewalk. Try not to fall down outside school.

10/13/2009 4:26 PM  

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