Interesting things are afoot. It looks like I don't have to come into work next Thursday, nor will I be required to use a PTO (Paid Time Off) day for it! Woot! (I've been hanging around Peter too much, I think.)
Thursday late afternoon/early evening, there will be "an event" at Phipps Conservatory, which will dramatically impact my building (and all the buildings along Frew Street). We all have to be out by 1:30 pm on Thursday and our building will be closed (i.e. locked up tight) until 6am on Friday.
Here's an interesting part about road closures and parking:
Will roads surrounding campus be closed during the summit?
Main arteries to campus, including Blvd. of the Allies, Fifth Avenue and Forbes Avenue will be closed and/or on a schedule of rolling road blocks on Thursday afternoon, September 24. Likewise, Frew Street and Schenley Drive will be closed at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22 and will not reopen until some time on Friday, September 25.
Will street parking around the building be accessible during the summit?
Parking on Frew Street and in Schenley Park will be inaccessible beginning Wednesday afternoon, September 22 and will not reopen until some time on Friday, September 25. Pending official notice, commuters are strongly recommended to seek alternative parking from those areas on Wednesday before the closures are in place.
Basically, it sounds like unless I can fly, I won't be able to get to work Thursday and Friday. If Forbes, Fifth and the Boulevard are all closed, I know of no way to get to my building. They don't say if foot traffic will be restricted, but they do seem to expect protesters all over the place. I'm not thrilled with the idea of trying to walk through a group of protesters.
Of course, it might be all calm and peaceful on campus, since most of the "action" will be in downtown Pittsburgh on Friday.
Another rather interesting little bit:
Will access to the building be restricted?
Access to the building via all entrances will be via card swipe only beginning Friday, September 18, at 7:30 p.m. through Monday, September 28, at 6 a.m.
This means that as of tomorrow at 7:30 pm, no one goes in or out without swiping their ID card. I sure hope mine is programmed correctly! Heh. That might be interesting if it isn't. I did take it to be programmed when we were told to do it, so hopefully I'm cool.
I find this part very, very interesting:
Security personnel will be stationed at each entrance of the business school in order to verify identification Wednesday – Friday, September 23-25. Additionally, entrance to the building will be limited to the Posner entrance (CFA parking lot) on Thursday & Friday, September 24 and 25. All other entrances will be locked and available only as an emergency exit. It will not be permitted to prop doors open or to hold doors open for access by persons without proper I.D.
Propping doors open and letting people in after hours without ID has been a bit of a problem around here. They've been talking "security" since 9/11 but I haven't seen anything change. They have video cameras ... that don't attach to anything! What's up with that? The door that says "Alarm will sound if held open" ... well, they lie. That door is propped open by food delivery staff on a regular basis. Must keep the meetings supplied with food! Who cares if a nut job with an AK-47 gets in? Ha!
And finally, they don't want just anyone talking to the media:
If you are approached by a news reporter, please politely decline the opportunity to speak. Our public relations department is working with news organizations from around the world to ensure that the appropriate spokespersons are involved with media interviews. If you see a reporter or news camera crew in the building, please contact xxxxx at xxxxx or xxxxx at xxxxx, and our communications representatives will provide support to media visitors. Staff and students are not authorized to act as spokespersons for the Tepper School. [My emphasis.]
Well! I guess they told us! And someone needs to be spanked anyway, because we've been told over and over again that we never should refer to the school just as the Tepper School, but by its full name, Tepper School of Business. Snicker. [Oh, I would SO love to see the Gutter Girls spanking the one woman! She's a "brand" nazi. I understand it's her job, but ... wow. Just wow.]
I'm quite tempted to try to come to work anyway and bring my video camera. :)