The ups and downs of MCTC’s elevator system

I guess I am not that shocked that in this day and age people feel entitled to everything, including an elevator.

Students here are not aware that people with handicaps should have priority in the use of elevators.

I am over forty, back in school at MCTC. I have a heart condition and have been advised by my heart doctor not to do anything strenuous, like lift my arms over my head (let alone use the stairs with a bag full of books.)

I don’t feel I should have to wear a sign around my neck regarding my situation to use one of three elevators in a school where the average age is twenty-six.

Until I had this health issue, at the age of 35, I was still moving furniture around by myself in my living room.

Oh, how I miss those days!

I have watched people get in and out of these elevators for four semesters now. They fill them to the extent that the elevators quit working.

If I didn’t have to take these elevators I wouldn’t.

I have gotten stuck on the elevators twice. They have actually stopped without the doors opening. They squeak and scare me.

Ayub Limat, a student, says he usually takes the stairs because there are so many people waiting for the elevator. “I have watched them get on and go down to get a spot on the elevator and go back up,” he said.

On several occasions I have seen people in wheelchairs unable to use the elevators.

Just last week I waited twenty minutes to get on an elevator and, had I not said aloud that I had waited twenty minutes and I was going to be late for class, I wouldn’t have gotten on.

When I made this announcement a girl said, “Honey, we are all trying to get to class.”


I came back with “If I didn’t have a heart condition I would be taking the stairs.”

Everyone in the jam-packed elevator went silent.

Kimberlee Hunter, a student who rides her bike to school, said, “Maybe we need more incentives to motivate people to take the stairs.”

I think that the students at MCTC realize that there is an issue regarding the availability of elevators in the Technical building, but I do believe the awareness regarding those that have a handicap has not been a priority.