Volume CXXXII, Number 5
October 18, 2002
Annual lighting walk illuminates unsafe areas
EVAN S. KOHN
The annual Lighting Walk is an event involving Bowdoin students,
security workers and electricians that travel around campus on a designated
evening to discover areas of campus in need of new lighting or lighting
repairs. This year's walk, the eighth since 1996, took place on October
8, a night chosen due to the fact that there was a new moon, and thus
no lunar light to bias the group's observations.
Participants included walk-leader and Assistant Director of Security Louann
Dustin-Hunter, head electrician Rick Minot, Director of Security Bruce
Boucher, and members of the Residential Life staff. "It was helpful
to have an electrician with us because we then could know how expensive
the lights would be as well as the level of feasibility to make each repair,"
said Dustin-Hunter. Although students were emailed an invitation via the
Student Digest, no students participated this year.
"From the walk, 20 suggestions were made regarding light repairs
and changes on various locations around campus. In addition, five students
emailed proposals. In some places, the group discovered that lights were
just out, so all they needed to do was file a work order," said Dustin-Hunter.
She noted that each year, fewer suggestions are made.
Moreover, the walk is not the only time that the college keeps its eyes
open for needed changes with campus lighting. "Security calls in
on a regular basis throughout the year if lights need repairs," said
Dustin-Hunter. All reports, including the ones from the Lighting Walk,
are sent to the Director of Facilities, Dave DeAngelo.
Many of the problem areas this year were with flashing bulbs that were
constructed by Central Maine Power in several lights on Maine Street.
In such cases, the Facilities Department simply contacted CMP to have
them fix the appropriate lights.
Dustin-Hunter added, "We would love to see more students participate
in the walk in future years." If students would like to inquire about
places on campus in need of light or lighting repairs, they can contact
Dustin-Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org.