January 14th, 2012 | City

Sophomore proposes new gate near Toad’s

A sophomore wants to install a new gate in hopes of keeping students safe around Toad's.
A sophomore wants to install a new gate in hopes of keeping students safe around Toad's. Photo by YDN.

After 80 to 90 Quinnipiac University students were cited for public urination last fall, a Morse sophomore has proposed a new security gate between Toad’s Place and Mory’s to keep hooligans out.

In a Saturday morning email to Morse and Stiles students, Alex Fisher ’14 put forward a proposal he said he submitted to the Yale College Council’s 10K Initiative that would allow for the installation of a swipecard-access gate on the path that leads from York Street to Morse and Stiles. The gate would be placed “near the rear boundary” of Toad’s, and would be activated between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

“Students living in Morse and Stiles will be able to return to their colleges in a safer environment, and students living in other colleges will be able to visit friends in Morse and Stiles without having to navigate an unruly, drunken and aggressive crowd when they try to return home,” he wrote in his proposal to the YCC. “In short, this scheme would benefit any Yale student who values civility and personal safety.”

The YCC’s 10K Initiative allots $10,000 of the student council’s budget to student plans to improve life on campus. Fisher said his plan could be implemented immediately with the cooperation of Yale Security and the Yale Police Department, and would likely cost about the same as other swipecard-access gates.

Members of the 10K Initiative Exploratory Committee, comprised of YCC members and other students, will select five ideas from all those proposed and present them to the student body for a vote.