As a HoJo resident, I know how valuable the elevators are. Yes, elevators actually break down, and it's quite unfortunate when they do. We've already seen them break down thrice! Elevators can only hold so many. Follow directions or your own intuition. It’ll save everyone a lot of time and stairs.
Do: Let people off the elevator if they are behind you.
When people are trying to get off on their floor, please let them exit the elevator. Don’t stand in their way. No one wants to awkwardly shove a stranger on their way to class. Be mindful of everyone around, and let them exit smoothly.
Don’t: Press the "up" button as soon as the elevator door closes.
When an elevator is full and the door finally closes, do not immediately press the "up" button. All the people in the overstuffed elevator will not be pleased to have the door open again. Wait for the elevator to go up or down a floor before hitting the button.
Do: Use the stairs!
If you only need to go up or down a flight of stairs, the elevator should not be used. Obviously, some cannot use the stairs, and that's completely understandable. However, for those who can, people on higher floors don't need the extra wait. It can take a while getting to the tenth floor of HoJo when I stop on floors two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine and finally ten. Be considerate of those on higher floors. Take the stairs.
Don’t: Be disrespectful to others or the space
Remember that the elevators are a shared space. Treat them like you would any other part of campus. Be kind and respectful in the elevators. Don’t eat, roughhouse, jump, throw trash or scream (I have seen all of these happen in the last month). We all want an efficient and enjoyable elevator experience. In order to do that, we all need to put in a little respect.
Follow these do’s and don’ts and we will all soon have the best elevator etiquette!