UPDATE: Our beloved Erik Kibelsbeck (Coordinator of Music Facilities and Publicity) just posted the following on Facebook:
All but a few Whalen pianos are playable; most damage was cosmetic. While definitely a serious and senseless act of vandalism that is being properly investigated, rumors of dozens of pianos “destroyed” are incorrect.
Hey everybody! Since IC has not yet issued any formal announcements (I see nothing on Intercom, the Media Relations Page, or the homepage), I’ll do my best to update you with what I’m hearing word of mouth. Here’s your IC Pianogate update about practicing.
Hopefully, many of you are attending the vigil that is starting just as I post this, but for those of you looking to practice, here is what I know.
The fraternities (Phi Mu, Mu Phi, and SAI) had originally opened their lounges in the Terraces because they all have pianos, but it seems the Office of Res Life has shut this down because of the violation of quiet hours.
I’ve heard at this time that the classrooms in the Whalen center will be open tonight that you can use. In addition, spaces in the Campus Center that have pianos are also available. (If you go to Whalen tonight, make sure you find Beth Faulstick, who will be AMPing, and give her a hug.)
Andrew (“Matty”) Mattfield ’09 has also informed me that the church where he serves as music director in Trumansburg has opened its facilities for students to practice in. Trumansburg is about a half hour drive, but this might be a helpful option for those still traumatized to have the privacy you need away from the Whalen Center. Directions to the First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses can be found here.
I will continue to provide updates here on ZackFord Blogs as I have more information. Check back later tonight and I’ll hopefully have video from the campus vigil and additional news reports. Also, if you’re an alum, please check out my invitation for alumni support.
Hang in there, Whalenites, we’ve got your back.