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Each student has a personal SU Box where they receive campus and postal mail.  SU stands for Student Union, because the boxes are located in the student union building (the [[Paresky Center]]).
  
All students in Williams College have their personal SU Boxes where they receive their campus mail. They are located in the buildings of the 4 dining halls depending on the cluster you are in. The buildings are:
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==Combination==
* Mission Park - Building A
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To open your box you need a combination which you receive at the beginning of the school year, mailed to your home.  If you lose or forget that combination, you can always go to the [[campus post office]] and ask about it. It is absolutely free.  
* Greylock - Building B
 
* Driscol - Building C
 
* Dodd - Building D
 
  
To open your box you need a combination which you receive at the beginning of the school year. If you lose or forget that combination, you can always go to the Campus Post Office and ask about it. It is absolutely free.  
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==Opening your mailbox==
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Opening your mailbox is a little tricky. You have to turn right three times before stopping at the first number of the combination, then go left passing by your second number once and stopping at it the second time, and then go right again to the third number. Now, push the knob in and turn it to the left and pull the box open.
  
Opening you mail box is a little tricky. You have to go left to the first number of the combination, then go right passing by your second number once and stopping at it the second time, and then go left again to the third number. When you feel the click, just go right a little bit and the box is open.
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==History of S.U. boxes==
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S.U. boxes are important to Williams students, so we preserve some history of the time before Paresky mailboxes.
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===Mailbox size===
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The [[Baxter]] mailboxes were about three inches wide by four inches tall -- big enough for a letter, and big enough for a folded magazine or large envelope, but not big enough for the majority of three-dimensional packages. Hence the happily-received package slip bearing the words '''PACKAGE TOO LARGE FOR BOX'''. This slip was so popular that the Baxter mail room sold T-shirts bearing these words. The new boxes in [[Paresky]] are significantly bigger. This allows students to receive DVDs and other smallish packages in their SU boxes, but it also means that the top boxes are very high up and the bottom boxes are very close to the ground; see [http://wso.williams.edu/discuss/comments.php?DiscussionID=758&page=1#Item_0 WSO discussion] on this topic.
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===Mailbox-opening===
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It used to be, in [[Baxter]] and then in the [[Dining hall|dining halls]] (which used the old Baxter mailboxes), that one had to first turn the dial to the left three times until reaching the first number, then to the right, and so on such that everything was "backwards" from a standard combination lock. However, the new Paresky mailboxes turn to the right first, and thus are less confusing for [[First-year|first-years]].
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===Locations during construction===
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The location of boxes during the Paresky Center construction depended on your geographical location on campus but, contrary to popular belief, did not depend on the [[cluster]] you were in. For example, the residents of [[Spencer House|Spencer]], [[Mark Hopkins House|Mark Hopkins]], and [[Bryant House|Bryant]] all had their mailboxes in [[Greylock Dining Hall|Greylock]], which would lead one to believe that all members of Spencer [[Neighborhood|neighborhood]] had their mailboxes there. However, this is not true, as the residents of [[West College|West]] had to trek all the way to [[Dodd Dining Hall|Dodd]] to get their mail.

Latest revision as of 14:36, July 22, 2011

Each student has a personal SU Box where they receive campus and postal mail. SU stands for Student Union, because the boxes are located in the student union building (the Paresky Center).

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Combination

To open your box you need a combination which you receive at the beginning of the school year, mailed to your home. If you lose or forget that combination, you can always go to the campus post office and ask about it. It is absolutely free.

Opening your mailbox

Opening your mailbox is a little tricky. You have to turn right three times before stopping at the first number of the combination, then go left passing by your second number once and stopping at it the second time, and then go right again to the third number. Now, push the knob in and turn it to the left and pull the box open.

History of S.U. boxes

S.U. boxes are important to Williams students, so we preserve some history of the time before Paresky mailboxes.

Mailbox size

The Baxter mailboxes were about three inches wide by four inches tall -- big enough for a letter, and big enough for a folded magazine or large envelope, but not big enough for the majority of three-dimensional packages. Hence the happily-received package slip bearing the words PACKAGE TOO LARGE FOR BOX. This slip was so popular that the Baxter mail room sold T-shirts bearing these words. The new boxes in Paresky are significantly bigger. This allows students to receive DVDs and other smallish packages in their SU boxes, but it also means that the top boxes are very high up and the bottom boxes are very close to the ground; see WSO discussion on this topic.

Mailbox-opening

It used to be, in Baxter and then in the dining halls (which used the old Baxter mailboxes), that one had to first turn the dial to the left three times until reaching the first number, then to the right, and so on such that everything was "backwards" from a standard combination lock. However, the new Paresky mailboxes turn to the right first, and thus are less confusing for first-years.

Locations during construction

The location of boxes during the Paresky Center construction depended on your geographical location on campus but, contrary to popular belief, did not depend on the cluster you were in. For example, the residents of Spencer, Mark Hopkins, and Bryant all had their mailboxes in Greylock, which would lead one to believe that all members of Spencer neighborhood had their mailboxes there. However, this is not true, as the residents of West had to trek all the way to Dodd to get their mail.