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MIT student blogger Sam M. '07

She came in through the bathroom window. by Sam M. '07

The greatest construction project in the history of MIT--yes, even greater than Simmons Hall.

…but she won’t have to do that anymore, now she can just go in the Infinite like the rest of campus.

It’s a historic summer at MIT, for facilities has finally decided to recognize the Institute’s gender balance with a construction project in the Infinite Corridor. Formerly the world’s longest single hallway, the Infinite (actually only about 825 feet long) spans buildings 7, 3, 10, 4, and 8 and features the “little dome” (over Lobby 7), the Student Services Center (11-120), the admissions office (10-100), the Building 4 Cafe (4-100) and the brand-new Nanomechanical Technology Laboratory (8-110). You can also find three men’s restrooms (8-113, 4-101, 7-107) and one women’s restroom (3-101).

But that’s about to change.


And in the meantime, they have this sign up.

Can you imagine what I looked like taking a picture of a bathroom door at 1:30 in the afternoon in the busiest hallway on campus? No, really, just think about it for a sec. “Uh, sorry, I just really like this door… and need a picture of it. Right now. Go ahead by!” I did receive applause from two self-identified “women engineers,” who agreed that the sex change operation had been a long time coming.

I hear that the interior of the new bathroom will be designed by Frank “The Stata Center” O. Gehry and that all the toilets will be molded in non-Euclidean geometries and suspended from the ceiling by titanium wires.

Just playin’.

4 responses to “She came in through the bathroom window.”

  1. Anonymous says:

    hey sam, it’s nghi.

    hope you’re having an awesome summer.

    so you got a blog =)

    a new medium for your stalkers to indulge themselves?

  2. Ruth says:

    OMG! That’s my favorite Beatles song. Maybe not my favorite, but the only one that addresses the well-traveled fire escape that has a stop at the bathroom window of my suite.

    What do I win? (Don’t say “you get to be my favorite advisee”)

  3. MITmom says:

    I was one of the first girls to attend a traditionally all-male college in 1970. The lack of female bathrooms were a big issue. One of the dorm’s bathrooms was converted for girls by simply putting pots of plastic flowers in the urinals.

  4. Mitra says:

    Hopefully, gravity will stop to function. I’ll tell you about it in the fall, since you can’t go inside and verify for yourself.