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0 Days Since Last Fire Alarm by Snively '11

Oh noes! Simmons Hall on fire!

Sometimes MIT catches on fire.

Ok, maybe not actually, but sometimes MIT thinks that it catches on fire. On more than one occasion I’ve found myself outside in the snow or in the rain, waiting for the strobe lights to stop blinking before heading back into the dorm to resume whatever I was doing. Sam ’07 wrote a nice entry about this experience here.

This year Burton-Conner has been fairly lucky. As a dorm we’re only had about 5 fire alarms since orientation, one of which was a drill. Simmons, on the other hand, is getting slapped around by the fire gods as if it was nothing more than an obnoxious insect buzzing in MIT’s face. Chris ’12 probably knows more about this than I do, but the gist of it is that Simmons has had somewhere around 10 to 15 fire alarms since the school year has started. For a period of about two weeks they were CONSTANTLY outside, waiting to be let back in. You can actually hear the Simmons fire alarm from my kitchen, which is what happened a couple of weeks ago.

I heard an alarm and looked out the window, only to see Simmons flashing, students leaving, and firetrucks parking. I watched the scene for a little bit and then noticed the Simmons LED display.

Simmons LED display? You see, Simmons Hall has a bazillion little windows in order to make the building look taller than it actually is. Students have realized that the windows look a lot like pixels, and as such have created a scrolling LED display that can be read across the river in Boston, or from my kitchen window.

Anywho, Simmons was “on fire” (which actually means that somebody didn’t understand that when you smoke inside the dorm the fire alarms go off) and the firetrucks were all outside. The LED display caught my attention and I couldn’t help but laugh, because obviously the residents of Simmons were getting a little exasperated by the amount of fire alarms. Here’s a glimpse at what it was displaying.

18 responses to “0 Days Since Last Fire Alarm”

  1. Haha nice.
    You know, for the year I lived in Simmons, I never had ONE fire alarm, although I did set off a few alarms at the beginning of the year exiting secretly-alarmed doors.

  2. Ehsan says:

    5 bucks says it was a nooby hacker!

  3. deng says:

    you can delete comments? because there were 3 before me comments just now

  4. Eric Clapton says:

    Personlly, from an intellectual perspective, I think it might have been Santa.

  5. cristen says:

    i love that LED display so much smile
    i wonder whose room this is, or if it’s a lounge

  6. Stacy says:

    Haha, that’s really cool. I love MIT.

  7. Anonymous says:

    You just lost 5 bucks, Ehsan. The Simmons display is under Simmons residents’ control. It actually began as someone’s class project, not a hack, and it was never taken down because it’s so damn entertaining.

  8. Anonymous says:

    and the LED lights are in front of the Simmons gym, so not a room or lounge. =)

  9. Banerjee says:

    Nice post!! I love the first sentence: “Sometimes MIT catches on fire.” Haha.

    I couldn’t watch the Youtube video; network connection is currently bad over here.

  10. Anonymous says:

    During Parents’ Weekend, visiting my son in Simmons, we actually ventured into the gym to look at the lights. Outside it was flashing “Go Sox”.

  11. '11 says:

    5 alarms = lucky???
    the only one that has rung where I live was a fire drill.

  12. Vivi '12 says:

    And -this- is why Next House is invincible. We’ve only been subject to a drill wink

    Though.. what happened yesterday around 10am in the main buildings?

  13. Liz says:

    I love the things I learn about MIT from these blogs. smile

  14. Anonymous says:

    Note this was never a class project.

  15. Awesome! I can see the LED display from my room at Next, and it’s always fun to see what it says

  16. Anonymous says:

    Damn, these blogs remind me why I love MIT.

    Not the fire alarms, however, that’s just damn annoying. Lol.

    student: *showering*
    alarm: ay bb
    student: *expletive*

  17. tree says:

    Am I the only one who has noticed that except Yan and Ahmed, the new bloggers(Class of ’12) have hardly been blogging?
    We miss you guys. Start writing again.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Haha, nice, another reference to Sam.