With the opening of Munger Hall came a new lost and found headquarters located on level P1 of the underground parking lot.
It’s distinguished by a paper taped to a chain-link fence that encloses a conglomeration of abandoned pencils, sweaters and notebooks.
Director of Finance and Operations Nick Hernandez said the administration still has not found a solution to the inconvenience of the system’s location but he believes access is fairly easy.
“I think the program has always been a challenge. We never really had a good solution and we are still not clear what it is,” Hernandez said.
However, many students, including Daphne ’14, are still not used to the new location.
“I don’t really like that it’s underground,” said Daphne. “It’s not convenient. I liked it upstairs.”
Other students, such as Giulia ’10, prefer the new system to the old.
“I like that it’s more organized now. I know that if I did lose something, I’d be able to find it. With the previous one, it was like a black hole,” Giulia said.
Hernandez said that although there is security in the garage, he encourages students to go with another student. Students must take the elevator or stairs next to the front office down to the storage site.
Papers inside the fence illuminate the honor code of the lost and found. According to the code, by signing out an item on the register, a student is pledging that it is her property.
Sue, mother of Dani ’09, has been a “volunteer mom” for the lost and found for seven years. Sue said the new system is neither better nor worse than the old one, but she has noticed a shorter claiming period for lost items before they are donated to charity.
Hernandez said one of the improvements is that parents and facilities staff have less work to do because the committee now holds just one big sale per month.
“This is a better system than before. Before, the parents had to drag everything outside and back in,” Hernandez said. “It was a huge time commitment last year.”
Hernandez said the students have to actively create the change because the problem stems from losing their belongings.
“We really need students to take ownership,” Hernandez said. “Some kids are not even sure if they lost something. I’m astonished at some of the things the girls lose. Some really expensive things.”
According to Hernandez, the solution to a better system can only come out of closer interaction with the students.
But as Hernandez said, for now, “let’s give this a try.”