[hcs-d] Hilles Office Application Draft

Greg Westin hcs-lists at gregwestin.com
Fri Feb 17 07:23:17 EST 2006


I think Cassia is right that this is the single most compelling  
reason both for giving HCS office space and for giving it unshared  
office space.  Frankly, "we need a place to eat pizza and talk"  
doesn't sound terribly compelling to me, and I'm a (former?) member!   
While I was reading the responses to why we need a private office, I  
kept thinking, "why should they give private space to HCS over, say,  
a peer-counseling group that might be talking with people about rape  
or something?"  If I were an administrator, I think I would  
definitely choose to put HCS with some publication or something (they  
both work sporadically, HCS only really needs the office one day a  
week, and they both use computers!) rather than make a group with a  
greater perceived need for privacy share.  Of course, I imagine that  
one could argue that the counseling groups can share with each other,  
but my point is that HCS isn't making the strongest argument for itself.

If you go with Grant's suggestion and put servers in the Science  
Center, fine.  I think the service HCS provides to the student body  
is probably compelling enough to get at least shared space even  
without the most important machines being there.  Either way, though,  
the issue of security should probably be mentioned.  It is different  
from privacy or noise, which appear to be the only easy factors for  
deciding on space sharing from that form.  Spilling a coke on a  
keyboard or tripping over some cords or whatever is a much bigger  
deal with (y)our machines than with, say, the computer in the office  
of the Satire-V or Contact (or at least, so you can argue).

On a different note, it might be worth mentioning that if we have  
lots of machines in this space, lots of heat will be generated.   
Since the heat is generated continuously, I don't think this would  
really affect space size considerations, but it might be something  
they would like to know vis a vis sharing.

One last note is that it should be noted that while HCS doesn't have  
a lot of meeting times, or even scheduled work times, it is quite  
likely that there will be completely unannounced times when it is  
imperative that members/officers have access to the office.  For  
example, a server just went down and needs to be rebooted -- HCS  
shouldn't be sharing with any group that might have something  
sensitive going on that can't be interrupted.  Or Albanians hack HCS  
again and a whole group needs to descend on the office to analyze the  
problem, do damage control, construct a better solution, etc.   
Wouldn't be good to be sharing computers at that point with a  
publication trying to get an issue out.  I don't know how to frame  
all this so that HCS seems critical and learning about East Asian  
affairs seems less so, but I think that Steve's outline does a pretty  
good job of showing our importance to student's lives.

Greg

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On Feb 17, 2006, at 12:18 AM, Cassia Ines Faria Martin wrote:

>
>
> On Thu, 16 Feb 2006, Steven Michael Melendez wrote:
>> 13. Is your organization interested in sharing an office with other
>> organizations?
>> ...
>> c. [? - Who would we share with? It's hard to believe nobody gets  
>> a single
>> office...]
>> 24. Please describe your rationale for your organization's selected
>> privacy level. (limit 200 words).
>
> I think it's important to tell the administration about HCS's  
> unique needs for physical security.  It's not that we want  
> selfishly want more space than other groups.  Its that we really,  
> truly need to have complete control over who can go near the main  
> servers.
>
> Other organizations have approached us about sharing space before,  
> and it would make sense, usually.  But people with HCS office keys  
> are generally trained and vetted. Strangers can cause harm, either  
> by being physically careless or having malicious intent, that will  
> effect all other Harvard students.
>
> So, make sure the administration knows that.
>
> Cassia
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