Many of you have likely noticed the lovely orange cones that have graced the foot of the main staircase in Van Wylen for the last few months. These were placed after library staff became aware of the long-term problem of frequent trips, stumbles and outright falls on this staircase. Part of the problem cames from the lack of appropriate railings in this area. Given that this staircase is a well trafficked path for the whole “Van” complex (used constantly by students, faculty and prospective student tours), the cones were clearly not the end solution. After working with the administration and the physical plant we are happy to have a long term solution in place; new brass railings were installed last week.
— Jessica Hronchek, reference librarian