At 12:30am last night the residents of Ivory Tower were perturbed out of their slumber or out of their various activities by a sound that was all too familiar at this point in their life at GW. The fire alarm was going off and the computer generated voice was telling them to get out of the building because da roof was on fiyah!
However, as always, the roof was not on fire. Neither was any part of the building for that matter. The likely cause was the typical pizza box in an oven story or the someone burning their food on the stove story.
What was noteworthy about what happened last night at Ivory Tower was the response. Last night at Ivory Tower UPD proudly set a new record for response time to a fire alarm.
UPD street officers arrived in droves within minutes, when all was said and done nearly ten of them were around the entrances to the building. Although the rank and file are nearly always prompt onto the scene and The Patriot applauds that, this was not the record. No, the record-breaking activity came from the upper echelons of UPD. The Mobile Command Center arrived within 15 minutes, not shabby. Although this impressive vehicle showed up, nothing seemed to happen. Half an hour passed, the streets were still lined with students in a gangly assortment of pajamas and club gear. An hour, no change, those students less clothed than the others were shivering and fleeing to other buildings. An hour and a half later, a chevron decorated UPD officer sauntered into the building. Finally at 2:15am students were allowed to re-enter the building.
An anonymous rank and file police officer informed the Patriot that it had taken the “proper UPD authority” over an hour and a half to arrive on the scene. According to the same officer “someone is going to get really chewed out over this.”