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Resource ID: #25849
Subject: Education
Source: The Shorthorn
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Date: Oct. 10, 2012

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I didn't set out to write about how the university violated state law but that's what I found when I requested 10 years worth of reports of people trapped in elevators. I spent four months and many weekends on my couch inputting the reports into an Excel spreadsheet. I dug up archived university budget reports and asked questions that got me hung up on or rerouted. But I got answers. In 10 years, about 800 reports were made of people trapped in elevators. The average wait time was 30 minutes because the university did not have anyone on campus trained to open a stuck elevator. Furthermore, the university violates state laws on publicly posting certificates of compliance. My story sparked conversation and the Student Congress president approached me with interest in creating a resolution to fix some of the problems my story brought to light.The story was posted on the Investigative Reporters and Editors and Student Press Law Center websites. More importantly, it showed the public a problem and solutions.

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